CU (M) Basketball BIO
40 Zach Hanson
Awards & Honors
2013-14    BIG EAST All-Academic Team
2014-15    BIG EAST All-Academic Team

Summer 2015: Italy Trip
• Averaged 7.0 points and 6.3 rebounds in 14.0 minutes per game in Italy.
• Made 8-of-11 field goal attempts (72.7 percent) and also had a team-high four blocked shots.

2014-15: Sophomore at Creighton
• Started eight games during his sophomore season with the Bluejays, when he averaged 3.8 points and 2.4 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game.
• Opened his sophomore season with five points and career-high seven rebounds in win over Central Arkansas (Nov. 14).
• Tied a then-career-high with nine points in win over No. 18 Oklahoma (Nov. 18), making all four field goal attempts.
• Also had the go-ahead tip-in during the final minute of Creighton’s two-point victory against the Sooners.

• Scored six points in both of Creighton’s games in Florida during the Emerald Coast Classic, including five rebounds vs. Ole Miss (Nov. 28).
• Had six points and two rebounds in a career-high 25 minutes during his first career start at Nebraska (Dec. 7).
• Second on the team with five dunks, including two at Nebraska (Dec. 7).
• Owned three steals at North Texas (Dec. 21).
• Had a career-best 11 points at No. 25 Georgetown (Jan. 3) in just 15 minutes.
• Missed three games with a shoulder injury (Jan. 10-17).
• Returned to the line-up with nine points and four rebounds in 23 minutes off the bench at Butler (Jan. 21).
• Owned a key tip-dunk late in Creighton’s 77-74 victory over St. John’s (Jan. 28).
• Had a putback dunk and two rebounds in six second half minutes at Seton Hall (Feb. 28).
• Blocked two shots in 10 minutes of work during near-upset of No. 4 Villanova (March 3).
• Had four points, three rebounds and an assist in a win over DePaul (March 11) in the BIG EAST Tournament First Round.

2013-14: Freshman at Creighton
• Averaged 2.8 points and 1.1 rebounds while playing off the bench in 24 contests, shooting 68.4 pecent from the field.
• True freshman who was CU’s second big man off the bench in opener vs. Alcorn State (Nov. 8), finishing with nine points and two rebounds in 11 minutes of action.
• One of team’s most productive “per minute” players, he had 29 points and 10 rebounds in 41 minutes of league play.
• Had four points and two rebounds in seven minutes off the bench in win vs. Tulsa (Nov. 23).
• Produced first career blocked shot vs. Arizona State (Nov. 28).
• Grabbed four rebounds and had a blocked shot in road win at Long Beach State (Dec. 3).
• Threw down two dunks and scored four points while adding a blocked shot in a win vs. Arkansas-Pine Bluff (Dec. 17).
• Scored nine points and blocked two shots in nine minutes vs. Chicago State (Dec. 29), sinking 4-of-4 field goal attempts.
• Had eight points, three rebounds, an assist and a blocked shot in seven minutes vs. Butler (Jan. 14).
• Scored six points in five minutes at No. 4 Villanova (Jan. 20).
• Had five points and two rebounds in four minutes at Xavier (March 1).
• Recorded six points on 3-for-3 shooting in four minutes off the bench vs. Xavier (March 14) in BIG EAST Tournament semifinals.
• Played a season-high 13 minutes in NCAA Tournament game vs. Baylor, finishing with two points and two rebounds (March 23).

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 and 8.3 rebounds per game.
• Led team 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.
• 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 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.
• 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

June 6, 1994

Loren and Jane Hanson

Finance and Economics

Dream Job

Summer 2015 Job
Worked basketball camps

Favorite TV Show
Game of Thrones

Favorite Sports Memory
Winning state my senior year

Favorite Athlete
Glen Davis

Why Creighton
For Omaha and the people

Favorite Sports Team
Minnesota Vikings

Dream Dinner Guest
Johnny Cash

Favorite Vacation Spot

Favorite Band
Zac Brown Band
Position: Forward
Height: 6'9"
Weight: 250
Year: Junior
Hometown: Pierre, S.D.
High School: T.F. Riggs