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#40 Zach Hanson
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 240
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Pierre, S.D.
High School: T.F. Riggs
T.F. Riggs High School
• Named South Dakota’s Mr. Basketball and Gatorade Player of the Year as a senior after averaging 19.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
• Led the Governors to the Class AA state title, the school’s first since 1982.
• Also honored as South Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior, when he averaged 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots per game for team that took third-place at state.
• First South Dakota player to repeat Gatorade honor since Mike Miller (1997-98) and just the third ever (also Eric Kline, 1990-91).
• Was first Pierre player to ever win the award, as well.
• One of 10 players nationwide to repeat Gatorade POY honors in 2011-12 and 2012-13, joining a list that included Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker and Tyus Jones.
• First South Dakota player to win the Gatorade award and leave the state for college since Joe Krabbenhoft headed to Wisconsin in 2005.
• Played varsity all four years, earning all-league accolades each season.
• Three-time all-state selection.
• High school coach was Terry Becker, and AAU coach for the South Dakota Schoolers was Paul Seville.
• Selected Creighton over Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa State and Gonzaga.

More About Zach
Full Name: Zachary Arnold Hanson
Birthday: June 6, 1994
Birthplace: Pierre, S.D.
Parents: Loren and Jane Hanson
Major: Business
Favorite Sports Team: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite Sports Memory: Winning state
Favorite Athlete: Brian Scalabrine
Favorite TV Shows: Sons of Anarchy, That 70’s Show, Scrubs
Favorite Spot on Campus: Swanson Hall
Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, boating, tubing
Why Creighton: Great basketball program and players/staff
Favorite Vacation Spot: Mexico
Did You Know: Mother, Jane (Konz), was inducted into the Northern State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007 after finishing her career as the Wolves’ all-time shot blocker and ranking in the top-10 in scoring, rebounding and field goal percentage.