by Mike Magers
Hank is a Clovis native, graduating from high school in 2001. While in high school, he lettered in football, basketball and track. Hank set the state record for New Mexico high jump at 7’0”, a record which was tied later that year, but which still stands as of this writing. He also earned All-State honors while playing football for the Wildcats as a punter and wide receiver.
He continued his career at University of New Mexico where he was the leading receiver in 2004 and 2005. In addition, he was Offensive Player of the Year during that period. Hank was selected as All-Mountain West Conference having 67 receptions for 1,071 yards and 9 touchdowns.
While at UNM, Hank’s career highs were as follows:
Highest number of receptions – 11 vs. BYU on 10/8/05
Most receiving yards: 209 yards vs. Missouri on 9/10/05
Longest passing play: 69 yards vs. Colorado State on 10/30/04
His college play was exemplary, totaling 140 receptions for 2,288 yards and 17 touchdowns and averaging 16.3 yards per carry, gaining over 100 yards in 9 games. Hank also completed in track and field for UNM, twice qualifying for the NCAA Midwest regionals. Hank was an outstanding student who was a four time academic all-MSC honoree, graduating from UNM in 2005 with a degree in General Management.
Hank played with three NFL teams during his five year professional career: the Minnesota Vikings, Philadelphia Eagles and Indianapolis Colts from 2006 to 2010, being on the Philadelphia roster some time each year. He appeared in 67 games, 11 as a starter, and had 77 receptions for 1,098 yards.
As of this writing, Baskett resides in California and is married with one son.