Hankins Prepares for NBA Summer League Games
LAS VEGAS — Charlevoix’s Zach Hankins will get an opportunity to compete in the NBA Summer League for a third time, playing for the New Orleans Pelicans during the next week.
Hankins, who led Ferris State to a national title in 2018 and won the Div. 2 National Player of the Year that season, played for the 76ers and Suns in previous summer leagues, but a knee injury ended his time with the Suns early.
He played for the Pelicans’ G-League affiliate, the Birmingham Squadron, this past season and performed well. He averaged 13.3 points and 8.6 rebounds in 32 games. It was a great feeling for the big man after recovering from a pair of knee surgeries.
Having that experience with the Squadron has him feeling more confident entering this year’s Summer League with familiar teammates and a familiar system.
“I have my G-League coaches here and trainers and stuff, so I feel really blessed to be in this position and you know, just take whatever opportunity I’m given to play the game that was taken from me for a little while and I’m absolutely not going to take for granted again,” Hankins said. “So feels really good to be back.”
The Pelicans have posted their Summer League schedule on their website.