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Chris Hansen Named CCAA Athlete of the Year

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CHICO, Calif. - University of California San Diego basketball standout Chris Hansen has been named the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Male Athlete of the Year. The announcement was made Wednesday by the conference. 

A redshirt junior center, Hansen put together an incredible 2018-19 season, becoming the men's basketball program's first-ever NABC All-American at the NCAA Division II level. He was tabbed the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Player of the Year and was a consensus all-region first team selection.  

Hansen 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. For the Tritons, he was the team leader in scoring, rebounding, field goal percentage, and blocks. Hansen set UC San Diego Division II single season records for rebounds and blocks. He recorded 12 double-doubles and netted 20 or more points nine times while also scoring his 1,000th career point.

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

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. The 26 wins were the second-most in program history and the 17 CCAA victories tied the team’s most. The Tritons set all-time program records for single season points, field goals, 3-pointers, and free throw percentage as well as 3-pointers in a single game.

Hansen's accomplishments were made more impressive by the fact that he sat out the entire 2017-18 campaign following shoulder surgery.

"Chris has had a tremendous impact on our program," said Olen. "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. Hopefully our team can build on the success of this season and Chris can finish his career with another outstanding performance next year."

Hansen, who hails from Lafayette, Calif., is a Management Science major in UC San Diego's Sixth College.

Hansen is the sixth scholar-athlete and second male from UC San Diego to be named CCAA Athlete of the Year since the institution joined the conference prior to the 2000-01 academic year.

Hansen's Season Awards
• NABC All-America First Team
• NABC All-West District First Team
• D2CCA All-West Region First Team
• CCAA Male Athlete of the Year
• CCAA Player of the Year
• All-CCAA First Team
• CCAA All-Tournament Team
• UC San Diego Athlete of the Year
• Bevo Francis Award Watch List
• San Diego Sports Association Star of the Month for December
• Two-time CCAA Player of the Week
• Three-time UCSDtritons.com Athlete of the Week
• D2 Power Invitational All-Tournament Team
• CCAA/GNAC Challenge All-Tournament Team

CCAA Athletes of the Year from UC San Diego
2000-01: Cindy Dostalek, Women's Soccer
2006-07: Leora Juster, Women's Basketball
2009-10: Brandon Gregorich, Baseball
2009-10: Christine Merrill, Women's Track & Field
2010-11: Camille Gaito, Softball 
2018-19: Chris Hansen, Men's Basketball

About UC San Diego Athletics
With 30 national team championships, nearly 150 individual titles, and the top student-athlete graduation rate among Division II institutions in the United States, the UC San Diego intercollegiate athletics program annually ranks as one of the most successful in the country. The Tritons sponsor 23 intercollegiate sport programs that compete on the NCAA Division I and II levels and, in the summer of 2020, will transition into full Division I status as a member of the Big West Conference. UC San Diego scholar-athletes exemplify the academic ideals of one of the world's pre-eminent institutions, graduating at an average rate of 91 percent. A total of 82 Tritons have earned Academic All-America honors, while 37 have received prestigious NCAA Post-Graduate Scholarships. In competition, more than 1,300 UC San Diego student-athletes have earned All-America honors.

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