KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Brett Hanson, a senior guard on the Florida Southern College men's basketball team, was named the 2020 NABC Division II Player of the Year powered by ShotTracker for NCAA® Division II.
A member of the NABC Division II All-America team, Hanson was the leader of a Mocs' team that finished the season with a 29-2 record, winning both the Sunshine State Conference regular season and tournament championships. Hanson was named the SSC Player of the Year and tournament Most Valuable Player as he averaged 22.4 points, 6.9 rebounds and 4.8 assists per game this season. He was also named the D2CCA Player of the Year.
"I would like to thank both of my parents who have spent countless hours supporting and guiding me," said Hanson. "I would also like to thank all of my coaches throughout the years especially [FSC Head Coach] Mike Donnelly. From the first day I spent on campus, Coach Donnelly believed in me and gave me every opportunity to make an impact and prove to be a great asset to the team."
Hanson led the Mocs to a No. 5 national ranking in the NABC poll, and a No. 1 ranking in the NCAA South Region poll. Florida Southern was set to host the South Region bracket of the NCAA Championships.
"This is a tremendous recognition for Brett, one of the most outstanding scholar-athletes in Florida's Southern's tradition of champions," said Dr. Anne Kerr, President of Florida southern College. "I'm proud of his accomplishments on the court, and equally proud of his achievements in the classroom and community. He's a true scholar-athlete."
On February 1, he became just the third player in Florida Southern history to record his 2,000th point. He finished his career with 2,238 career points, the third highest total at FSC. Additionally, he has also tallied 844 rebounds, good for sixth in the program's record book. His 216 steals are good for fourth best, while his assist total of 439 ranks sixth.
Hanson becomes the fourth national player of the year in school history, following John Ebeling (1982), Jerry Johnson (1988), and Kris Kearney (1989). Additionally, Hanson is the 21st All-American in Florida Southern history.
Florida Southern now has had three NABC National Players of the Year, in Johnson, Kearney, and Hanson. Only Virginia Union has had more, with four.
Hanson is included in the Top 25 List for the "Bevo" Francis Award, presented annually to the player who has had the finest overall season within Small College Basketball. Considerations will be season statistics and individual achievements, awards, personal character, and team achievements.