Big Rapids, Mich. - 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.
In his junior campaign, Hankins set new school single-season records with 380 rebounds and a 71.1% field goal percentage while being a consensus All-America choice and claiming both the GLIAC and Midwest Region Player of the Year awards for the second consecutive campaign. He was one of the national finalists for the Bevo Francis National Small College Player of the Year honor and also scored his 1,000th career point during the historic season.
Hankins graduated from Ferris State as the school's all-time leader in blocked shots (319) and holds the school record for highest field goal percentage in a career (64.2%). He also ranks among the program's all-time best with 858 rebounds and finished his Bulldog career with 1,232 points. He became the first sophomore in GLIAC history to earn the league's coveted Player of the Year honor in 2016-17 when he paced the league with a conference record 130 total blocked shots. Initially, he redshirted in his first season at FSU in 2014-15 before playing as a reserve under all-region center Jared Stolicker in 2015-16 when FSU reached the D2 Sweet Sixteen.
A two-time All-American for the Bulldogs, Hankins also claimed All-GLIAC honors each of his final two Bulldog seasons and was a two-time GLIAC All-Defensive Team honoree in addition to being a two-time Bevo Francis National Player of the Year finalist.
In his final season with the Bulldogs, Hankins helped FSU win its final 26 games of the season and the team compiled a perfect 22-0 home mark en route to the national championship.
Fans and media can get more information, including details on tickets, schedules and results, on the Portsmouth Invitational Tournament web site at www.portsmouthinvitational.com.