Steele lands first recruit as Xavier head coach brings in graduate transfer

Ferris State's Zach Hankins (35) shoots over Northern State's Logan Doyle (35) during the first half of the NCAA division II men's college basketball championship game, Saturday, March 24, 2018, in Sioux Falls, S.D. (AP Photo/Dave Eggen)

CINCINNATI (WKRC) - One day after Travis Steele was officially introduced as Xavier's new head basketball coach he has landed his first recruit.

Zach Hankins, a 6-foot-10 center who helped Ferris State win the NCAA Division II national championship this past season and was named NCAA Division II National Player of the Year, announced he is graduating and transferring to Xavier. He will be eligible to play immediately because of his graduate transfer status and will have one season of eligibility.

Ferris State finished 38-1 and also played Michigan State tough in an exhibition game before losing 80-72.

Hankins averaged 15.1 points and 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocked shots per game. He had 12 points and eight rebounds against Michigan State.

Xavier needed a big man to pair with Tyrique Jones with the departures of Kerem Kanter and Sean O’Mara to graduation.

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