UCSD basketball player, center Chris Hansen. Photo credit: Andy Wilhelm, via ucsdtritions.com

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) this week named UC San Diego redshirt junior Chris Hansen Male Athlete of the Year.

The CCAA named Hansen Player of the Year in basketball and he was a consensus all-region first team selection.

The center led the CCAA in rebounding and free-throw percentage. He was second in 3-point field goal percentage, third in blocks, and sixth in scoring.

“It’s great that Chris is being recognized for his performance this season,” head coach Eric Olen said. “He is not only a talented athlete but also a terrific teammate, hard worker and outstanding competitor.”

Last season, Hansen also became the first National Association of Basketball Coaches All-American at the NCAA Division II level for UCSD men’s basketball.

Hansen, a Management Science major, accomplished these feats despite sitting out the entire 2017-18 season following shoulder surgery.

Hansen helped UC San Diego to a 26-8 overall record and a 17-5 mark in CCAA action as the Tritons won conference regular season and tournament titles en route to playing in the NCAA West Regional for the fourth-straight year.

“Chris has had a tremendous impact on our program,” Olen said. “He’s helped our team to some of the most successful seasons in school history while contributing to the culture of our entire program with his positive attitude and work ethic.”

Hansen is the sixth scholar-athlete from the campus to be named CCAA Athlete of the Year since UCSD joined the conference in 2000.

The other honorees are: in 2001, Cindy Dostalek, women’s soccer; 2007, Leora Juster, women’s basketball; 2010, Brandon Gregorich, baseball; 2010, Christine Merrill, women’s track, and 2011, Camille Gaito, softball.

– Staff reports

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