Hansbrough has already received similar honors from Sports Illustrated and The Sporting News.
Club spokesman Gerry Calvert, a former player for Rupp at Kentucky, had this
to say about the selections, "Anybody who knew Coach Rupp well would tell
you that Tyler is the kind of player he would have loved to coach, and Pearl
is the kind of coach he would have loved to compete against. They both
typify the passion, drive and excellence for which Coach Rupp will always be
The selections were made by a national selection committee consisting of
over 40 present and retired sports writers, coaches, TV-radio broadcasters,
and sports administrators. The awards will be presented at the Final Four in
San Antonio on April 3rd, at the San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk.
From its inception in 1972, the Adolph Rupp Award has been considered one of
the nation's most prestigious college basketball awards, with previous
winners including Bill Walton, Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Patrick Ewing,
David Robinson, Shaquille O'Neal, Tim Duncan, and (most recently) Kevin
Durant. The awards are given in memory of Adolph Rupp who coached at
Kentucky from 1930 to 1972. Rupp retired with 876 victories and four NCAA
Championships to his credit. Among men's NCAA Division I coaches with over
500 career wins, Adolph Rupp still maintains the highest winning percentage
The Adolph Rupp Cup has been given since 2004, with previous winners
including Phil Martelli, Bruce Weber, Roy Williams and Bo Ryan.
Filling out the 2008 Rupp All-American Team along with Hansbrough are:
Michael Beasley (Kansas State); D.J. Augustin (Texas); D.J. White (Indiana);
and, Kevin Love (UCLA).