By LARRY VAUGHT
Former Kentucky basketball player and assistant coach Reggie Hanson has watched rise in how many college athletes are transferring and used that inspiration to write a book: “10 Life Lessons: Learned as a Student-Athlete.”
“Players get out of college in four or five years and they are still not ready for real life,” said Hanson, who scored 1,167 points during his UK career from 1987-91 before later spending seven seasons on coach Tubby Smith’s UK staff. “I took my experiences at UK as a player for Rick Pitino the last three years and how each experience translated to real life.”
The book has 10 lessons/chapters and each is a real life experience that Hanson had.
“I give some funny stories to things that happened to me to make the book more interesting,” Hanson said.
Hanson says his book is geared to help show what college athletes will go through and it can help high school students.
“For high school kids, it might be an even better read because it will help them know what to be prepared for in college. Most have no clue what they will be going through. I know I didn’t. This book will help give them a leg up but it really will help anybody who just wants some life lessons they can use,” Hanson said.
Actor Josh Hopkins first met Hanson when he was a Lexington high school student and Hanson was playing at UK. The two have remained friends and Hanson said the actor was one of the first people to buy the book.
“When I saw he was releasing a book I knew I had to read it and I’m so glad I did,” Hopkins, one of the star’s of the current ABC-TV show “Whiskey Cavalier,” said. “It should be must reading for student-athletes in high school or college and the lessons are easily relatable to situations in the professional world whether it be sport or otherwise. It’s a short read with excellent advice and Reggie has a welcoming voice that manages to teach without seeming preachy.
“He also throws in these side stories where he gives examples from his life and career and there is some fantastic behind the scenes info that any Cat fan would love to learn about that era of UK basketball.”
Hanson hopes to set up a book signing tour in Kentucky soon. Until then, Hanson suggests going to Amazon.com, type in his name and information on the book will appear.