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Hard work pays off for Ben Hansbrough

Originally Published: March 14, 2011
By Anna Katherine Clemmons | ESPN.com

Ben Hansbrough's daily ritual began one afternoon toward the end of last season.

Now a fifth-year senior, the chiseled 6-foot-3 Hansbrough -- known for his ironclad intensity -- called up Notre Dame student volunteer manager Pat Holmes Jr. and asked him to meet at the gym.

Hansbrough shot as Holmes Jr. rebounded, passing the ball back to the guard as he made his way around the key. They began meeting most mornings; occasionally, in the afternoon before team practices.

"I ...

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