Ferris State alum Zach Hankins to showcase skills in front of NBA scouts

Xavier’s Zach Hankins averaged 10.6 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.5 blocks per game for the Musketeers. (AP Photo)

By Ferris State Athletics

BIG RAPIDS — Former Ferris State University men’s basketball standout and 2018 NCAA Division II National Player of the Year Zach Hankins (Charlevoix) will have an opportunity to showcase his skills in front of NBA and professional scouts as he has been selected to participate in the 2019 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament.

The annual event brings together the top 64 collegiate senior players in the country to participate in a four-day, 12-game tournament in front of NBA teams and fans. It will take place this week, April 17-20, in Portsmouth, Va. The tournament is the oldest amateur hoops tournament in the United States and the only postseason camp restricted to college basketball seniors.

The prestigious tournament has been held annually since 1953 and is recognized by the NBA and European scouts as a showcase for future professional players. Approximately 200 NBA representatives attend the event and past standouts who participated include legends such as Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, John Stockton, Tim Hardaway, Ben Wallace, Avery Johnson, Jeremy Lin, Rick Barry, Dave Cowens and Earl Monroe.

Hankins, who led FSU to the 2018 NCAA Division II National Championship, played his final collegiate campaign as a graduate transfer at NCAA Division I Xavier University this past season following four years in the Bulldog program.

Hankins made a major impact in his one season at Xavier this past campaign. He averaged 10.6 points and 5.3 rebounds as a Musketeer while leading the BIG EAST Conference with a single-season school-record 68.6 percent field goal percentage mark. Hankins also led Xavier in blocked shots at 1.5 per game and his season total of 54 blocks is ranked sixth in Xavier history.

Before heading to Xaiver, Hankins led the Bulldogs to a school-record 38-1 overall mark in 2017-18 en route to claiming the D2 National Championship and matching the all-time NCAA Division II record for most wins in a season. The National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Division II National Player of the Year for the Bulldogs, Hankins spent four seasons in the Bulldog program, helping FSU to four-straight NCAA Tournament appearances, back-to-back Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular Season Championships and four consecutive GLIAC Tournament titles in his career.

In his final season at FSU, Hankins was tabbed as the National Player of the Year in Division II basketball by being selected as the country’s top performer by both the NABC and Division II Bulletin. Hankins, whose dominant post play was pivotal as Ferris State advanced to its first NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 30 seasons, led Division II in total blocks for the second straight season and was ranked among the national leaders in field goal percentage.

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