Position: Power Forward
Size: 6-foot-9 240 pounds
High school and travel team: Theodore F. Riggs High School and Dakota Schoolers
Rivals.com rates Zach as a 3-star recruit
247Sports’ 120th ranked PF
At 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds, Hanson is a strong big-bodied forward who can control the low post. He was immediately thrown into the paint as a freshman in high school, improving immensely over his four year career. According to his high school coach, Terry Becker, Hanson was mainly a back-to-the-basket player, and a good one at that. He has a variety of low post moves, is fairly light on his feet, and welcomes contact.
He was the 2012 and 13 Gatorade Player of the Year in the state of South Dakota.
Hanson has shown that he has more than just a low post game, but not on a regular basis in competition. Running the floor is not an issue, but handling the ball and developing a jump shot out to the perimeter are aspects to his game that he should develop as his collegiate career progresses.
How he will fit in:
It sounds as if the Bluejays may have gotten a real steal in landing Hanson. While there aren’t many scouting reports on him online, he was highly recruited from some notable schools (i.e. Marquette, Gonzaga, Missouri and Iowa State) as his high school and AAU careers progressed. However, Creighton was first to pursue the prospect and it paid off in the end. Now, Hanson likely won’t arrive and fill the vacancy left by Gregory Echenique immediately, but he is the starting PF of the future. Creighton’s roster is deep this year and filled with plenty of scoring threats, and Doug McDermott will warrant most of the attention of the defense whether in the post or on the perimeter. So, Hanson – and the other newcomers – should be able to ease in without feeling too much pressure. Look for Hanson to be in some sort of rotational committee with Will Artino and Toby Hegner to start the season. But don’t be surprised if he begins to earn more playing time as the season progresses.