2013-14: Freshman at Creighton • 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 Full Name: Zachary Arnold Hanson Birthday: June 6, 1994 Birthplace: Pierre, S.D. Parents: Loren and Jane Hanson Major: Undeclared Favorite Pro Sports Team: Los Angeles Clippers Favorite Band: Zac Brown Band Hobbies: Golf, hunting, fishing If I Could Meet Anyone: Johnny Cash Why Creighton: The people and the atmosphere Dream Date: Dinner on a yacht 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.
Awards and Honors 2013-14 BIG EAST All-Academic Team
Career Highs Points 9 (2x), last vs. Chicago State 12/29/13 Field Goals 4 (2x), last vs. Butler 1/14/14 Field Goal Attempts 5 vs. Butler 1/14/14 3-Point Field Goals None 3-Point Field Goals Attempted 1 (2x), last vs. Butler 1/14/14 Free Throws 4 at #4 Villanova 1/20/14 Free Throws Attempted 4 (2x), last at #4 Villanova 1/20/14 Rebounds 4 (2x), last at Long Beach State 12/3/13 Assists 1 vs. Butler 1/14/14 Blocks 2 vs. Chicago State 12/29/13 Steals None Minutes 13 vs. #23 Baylor 3/23/14