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Mike Anthony: The basketball world lost a champion on and off the court in UConn's Tony Hanson

Mike Anthony: The basketball world lost a champion on and off the court in UConn's Tony Hanson

Born in Jamaica and raised in Waterbury, Tony Hanson used basketball as his life’s vehicle, dribbling through Storrs, where he became one of the most prolific scorers in UConn history, and eventually on to northeastern England, where he became one of the most decorated coaches in the country’s history.

Everywhere Hanson went he earned a permanent place in the hearts of so many, hearts shattered this week as word of his death spread through basketball communities on both sides of the Atlantic.

“We turned into brothers over time,” said Jim Abromaitis, a teammate of Hanson’s at Holy Cross High and at UConn in the 1970s. “He’s like family.”

“He had a massive influence on...

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