Shane Hanson has left the UC Davis men’s basketball team due to personal reasons, head coach Gary Stewart said Thursday.
It’s a situation where there were some things going on that Shane wanted to address and focus on 100 percent, Stewart said. After meeting with him, it was obvious that it was in his best interests to leave the team and deal with those issues.
After averaging just 4.8 points per game as a freshman, the environmental science major enjoyed a breakout 2007-2008 season. Hanson finished as the team’s second-leading scorer (10 points per game).
The Canyon Lake, Calif. native led the team with 53 three-pointers made, which ranked ninth overall among all Big West Conference players. Hanson also finished second on the team in rebounds with 105.
We were really pleased with his progress this season, but we weren’t surprised, Stewart said. We knew he had the talent.
After reaching double-digit scoring in 15 of his first 25 games this season, Hanson was slowed down by a dislocated shoulder that forced him to miss three of the team’s final five contests.
He did a lot for the team, especially early in the year when our play was so diverse, Stewart said. His play really accentuated our level of play, especially on offense.
After finishing last in the Big West (9-22 overall, 2-14 in conference) in their first season as an official member, the Aggies will now look to reload without Hanson.
Shane is a great kid, Stewart said. We wish him the best.
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