Feature: Hannaway's UCCS career is history making

By Marc Knutila published February 14, 2007

"I hope people will remember me as an all-around player who tried to make his teammates and team better," replied senior basketball player Patrick Hannaway. "And that I was here when we started a winning tradition."

Actually, people may just end up remembering him as the best basketball player ever to wear a UCCS jersey.

Although UCCS may not be steeped in basketball tradition, the sport has been around since 1987 and Hannaway is well on his way to shattering many of the all-time records. Records including all time points, free throws made, free throws attempted, and points in a season to name a few. Not to mention he is currently leading the nation in field goal percentage this season.

In fact, a person would be hard pressed to find an all-time record list that Hannaway is not ranked in the top ten.

Remarkable as his success seems, the truly remarkable thing is that he has accumulated these gawking numbers in just two seasons, when most of the records he is chasing were achieved by players who competed all four years.

With the success of being the "Big Man on Campus" he is just living the dream. Well, in a way.

"I don't watch any TV. Maybe a basketball game on the weekend, but that is it," replied Hannaway.

Apparently he hasn't heard that it is basically a law that every American watches American Idol.

In truth, he just doesn't have the time. On top of being the best basketball player on campus, he may very well be the best student as well.

Hannaway currently has a 3.92 GPA (yes, apparently they can be that high) in biology and plans on applying to dental school after graduation to become an orthodontist.

However, it's not always been pastures of perfection for Hannaway. He was heavily recruited out of high school by a number of Division I schools including The University of New Mexico and Colorado State University. But because he went on a trip to Europe during the peak of the recruiting season he lost valuable time with coaches and his stock dropped a bit.

He ended up going to Division I Stephen F. Austin in North Texas. But he and his coach had some on the court differences.

"Off the court we were fine. But on the court we just couldn't get along," Hannaway explained.

Unable to find common ground with his coach, Hannaway made his way back to his hometown school of UCCS, who didn't even recruit him out of high school because the chance of him committing to UCCS was about as likely as UCCS winning a football game this year.

Hannaway and his girlfriend, who had gone with him to Texas, decided to come back home and attend UCCS.

The rest as they say is history, or in this case, history breaking.

 

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