Clayton Hanson came to UW as a walk-on in 2001 and ended his career as a full-time starter on an Elite Eight team. In between, he was part of two Big Ten title teams and one Big Ten Tournament champion, finishing as the sixth-best 3-point shooter in school history.
Hailing from nearby Reedsburg, Wis., Hanson was mostly a scout-team player his first two seasons, playing a combined 115 minutes in 31 games. His junior season, Hanson played in all 32 games. His role increased in Big Ten play as he finished fifth in the league in 3-point shooting during conference games. He scored a season-high 17 points (5-of-6 3-pointers) in a win over Michigan then scored 12 points in a season-best 37 minutes in his only start of the season, at Iowa. Hanson helped UW pick up a key win at Michigan State late in the year, scoring 13 points, including five in overtime.
As a senior, Hanson logged more than 1,000 minutes and led the Big Ten in 3-point percentage (55-of-121, .455). During the Badgers’ NCAA tournament run to the Elite Eight, Hanson made 11-of-19 (.579) 3-pointers and was named to the Syracuse Regional All-Tournament team.
A three-time Academic All-Big Ten selection, Hanson now works for Goldman Sachs in Chicago. His playing days now consist of the occasional men’s league game and the annual UW alumni game (he had seven points in this year’s edition). Recently he was kind enough to answer some questions for us.
YEAR OF GRADUATION:
Finished playing in 2005, completed school in 2006
CURRENT CITY OF RESIDENCE:
Investment Banking Analyst, Goldman Sachs
LAST TIME BACK IN MADISON:
2/9/08 vs. Purdue for the alumni game
NUMBER OF GAMES ATTENDED SINCE GRADUATION:
BADGERS YOU STILL KEEP IN TOUCH WITH:
Not as many as I’d like…
ANYTHING UNIQUE YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH BADGER FANS:
The atmosphere at my men’s league games (or in my cubicle) doesn’t quite compare to that of the Kohl Center. Thanks to all of you for allowing me (and other Badger fans) to answer the question “What is the best college town?” without much debate