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Big Rapids, Mich. - The awards keep coming in for the Ferris State University men's basketball squad following a historic season as the 2017 National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-Midwest District Teams were announced today.
Sophomore center Zach Hankins (Charlevoix), who earlier today was named to the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA) All-America squad, earned NABC All-District First Team recognition.
In addition, FSU head coach Andy Bronkema garnered NABC All-Midwest District Coach of the Year laurels after leading FSU to both the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) Regular-Season and Tournament Championships along with a third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance.
The 2017 NABC Coaches' Division II All-District teams and coaches recognize the best men's collegiate basketball student-athletes and coaches in the division. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC in NCAA Division II, these 88 student-athletes represent the finest basketball players across America.
This season, Hankins and Bronkema helped lead FSU to the regional semifinals as the Bulldogs beat seventh-seeded Truman State (Mo.) 86-78 in the opening round of the national touranemnt before falling to GLIAC foe Findlay 68-63 in the second round on March 12 at Knights Hall in Louisville, Ky.
Ferris State set a school record this year by winning 28 games, which represents the most wins in nearly 90 seasons of Bulldog Basketball. FSU also won the GLIAC Regular-Season and Tournament Championships in the same year for the first time in school history. The league tourney title was FSU's third in a row as the Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the third consecutive year.
This season, Hankins garnered GLIAC Player of the Year recognition, becoming the first-ever sophomore to win the league's top player award in men's basketball. He set a new GLIAC and school record with 130 blocked shots on the year, leading the nation in blocks and ranking sixth in field goal percentage (64.7).
As a sophomore, the Charlevoix native received All-GLIAC First Team laurels and was also named to the GLIAC All-Defensive Team while receiving league tourney team accolades in helping Ferris State capture the tournament title on its home floor in Big Rapids. He finished the year with 17 double-double performances and scored 10 points or more in 27 games with 20 double-figure rebounding outings.
Finally, Hankins paced FSU in both scoring (15.0) and rebounding (10.5) during the 2016-17 campaign and led the conference in rebounding while ranking among the scoring leaders.
The Bulldogs, who finished 28-5 overall this season, will return all but a single senior in guard Quentin Ruff next season.