Charlevoix Native Hankins Named GLIAC Player of the Year

BIG RAPIDS – Ferris State junior and Charlevoix native Zach Hankins earned his second straight men’s basketball Player of the Year for the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

The Bulldogs are currently No. 2 in the nation, led by Hankins who is first in the conference with 9.5 rebounds per game and a field goal percentage of 64.7-percent. He also averages 14.8 points per game, which is eighth in the conference.

Ferris State head coach and McBain native Andy Bronkema was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year after leading the Bulldogs to a program-best 29 wins in the regular season.

Hankins was also one of three Bulldogs to be named to the All-GLIAC First Team, along with his teammates Drew Cushingberry and Noah King. Lake Superior State’s Akaemji Williams also earned first-team honors. His teammate Michael Nicholson made the All-GLIAC Second Team.

Williams, Hankins and Peter Firlik, a senior at Ferris State, were all named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team.