Ferris State’s Hankins Departing for Xavier

BIG RAPIDS – Charlevoix native and Ferris State junior center Zach Hankins announced via social media Thursday that he is leaving Ferris State men’s basketball program and joining Division I Xavier University for the 2018-19 season.

Hankins, who led the Bulldogs to a 38-1 finish and their first NCAA Division II national championship in March, was named the 2018 National Association of Basketball Coaches Division II National Player of the Year and will complete his undergraduate degree and graduate from Ferris State this summer. He has one year of eligibility remaining.

“First off I want to thank Coach Bronkema, Ferris State University and Bulldog Nation for the love and support I’ve received these past four years,” Hankins said in a social media post. “I have loved sharing all of this success with my teammates here at Ferris. After discussing options with my family, my coaching staff and my team, I have decided to graduate this summer with a year of eligibility left and continue my education and playing career at Xavier University.”

Hankins averaged nearly a double-double this season with 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. One of the nation’s leading shot blockers, Hankins averaged 3.3 blocks per contest.

Hankins joins a Xavier program that went 29-6 and won the Big East Conference regular season championship and earned the No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament’s West Region. The Musketeers lost to Florida State in the second round.

Xavier will be under the direction of first-year coach Travis Steele as nine-year veteran Chris Mack departed at the conclusion of the 2017-18 season for the head coaching position at Louisville.