Bronkema & Hankins headline FSU’s All-GLIAC honorees

ZACH ATTACK: Ferris’ Zach Hankins drives to the basket against the Northern Michigan defense. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

ZACH ATTACK: Ferris’ Zach Hankins has been named GLIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year. (Pioneer photo/John Raffel)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS – After winning the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season Championship, the Ferris State University men’s basketball squad was well-rewarded in the unveiling of the All-GLIAC squads announced on Monday.

FSU head coach Andy Bronkema received GLIAC Coach of the Year honors for the first time in his coaching career after guiding the Bulldogs to the league’s regular-season crown.

Bronkema led Ferris State to its first GLIAC Regular-Season Championship since 2012 as the Bulldogs compiled a league-best 24-4 overall record during the regular-season. FSU also won a school-record 18 games in the GLIAC while finishing with an 18-3 league mark. FSU had a 15-game win streak during the regular season, which tied for the second-longest in school history, and posted a nation-leading 13 road wins (13-1).

Meanwhile, sophomore center Zach Hankins (Charlevoix) was chosen as the GLIAC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in voting by the league’s member head coaches, becoming the first-ever sophomore to receive the distinction in league history. He was also named to both the All-GLIAC first team and the GLIAC All-Defensive team.

In addition, junior guard Drew Cushingberry (Romeo) earned All-GLIAC first team recognition for the first time in his career while senior guard Quentin Ruff (Elgin, Ill.) was named to the All-GLIAC second team.

The Bulldogs will host Hillsdale in the quarterfinal-round of the GLIAC Tournament on Tuesday (Feb. 28) night starting at 7 p.m. (ET) inside FSU’s Jim Wink Arena.

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