Charlevoix Native Hankins Named Midwest Region Player of the Year

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State men’s basketball sophomore center and Charlevoix native Zach Hankins has been named the Division II Conference Commissioner’s Association Midwest Region Player of the Year, the school announced Monday.

The team’s leading scorer (15.0 ppg) and rebounder (10.5 rpg), Hankins earned All-GLIAC First Team and GLIAC All-Defensive Team honors after guiding the Bulldogs (28-5) to an historic season and the program’s third straight GLIAC Tournament championship and NCAA Division II Tournament appearance.

Hankins set a new league and school record and led the nation with 130 blocked shots this winter. He also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (64.7).

Also joining Hankins on the five-player all-region first team is Lake Superior State’s Akaemji Williams.

Recently, Hankins was named a national semifinalist for the Bevo Francis National Small College Basketball Player of the Year award.

Hankins is now also eligible to receive All-America and National Player of the Year Award considerations.