Sunday, June 1, 2014
Hanson Transfers from Central to Tilton
The final buzzer had barely sounded on Central's title and the rumors had already started about Hanson transferring to prep school. Now the rumors can end, as the 6-foot-2 guard has made it official - he's headed to the Tilton School where he'll repeat his junior year and reclassify to the Class of 2016.
"The decision to transfer was not an easy one" Hanson told the NH Notebook. "We had a great year at Central and there were so many great guys which made it a very difficult decision to leave. In the end, I made the decision because I wanted do what was best for the development of my game. I want to be playing against and with the best kids in the area and I believe going to Tilton will provide that opportunity. I learned a lot from Coach Wheeler and will forever appreciate his coaching and guidance for the past three years. I am also excited to learn from Coach O'Neal and his excellent staff at Tilton."
Tilton is one of the top prep school programs in New England and plays a highly competitive schedule. At Tilton, Hanson will play alongside some of the region's top rated recruits, including wing Terance Mann and point guard Johnny Joseph.
"I think this will help broaden my recruitment opportunities because there are very talented players at Tilton who will draw coaches from all over and hopefully I can benefit from that exposure" explained Hanson. "I'm not really sure what my role will be. I hope to help the team in any way possible. I am prepared to make adjustments to my game because the level of play will be so much higher. However, my style of play has been successful all my life and if I work hard and continue to learn I believe it will lead to success at the next level."
Central was hands down the best team in the NHIAA this past winter and Hanson was a huge reason they were so successful. He was a beast, dominating out on the perimeter on both ends of the floor. Hanson scored from the outside, off the dribble, on the break, on tip-ins and mid-range pull-ups. He has a killer crossover, a quick first step, is an underrated passer and a tenacious defender.
"Last year was the most fun I have ever had in a basketball season" Hanson noted. "Even though we had new guys, the chemistry we had on and off the court was something I have never experienced. We had fun every game and I think that helped us a lot throughout our season."
With the success of last season behind him and his decision to go prep finalized, Hanson is now gearing up for what lies ahead for him next at Tilton.
"This off-season I am looking to improve my physical strength by spending a lot of time in the weight room" Hanson concluded. "Hopefully this will help me transition into a more physical style of play."