South Dakota Boys Basketball POY: Zach Hanson

South Dakota Boys Basketball POY: Zach Hanson

Gatorade Player of the Year

South Dakota Boys Basketball POY: Zach Hanson


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THE WINNER: Zach Hanson


School: T.F. Riggs (Pierre, S.D.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 6-foot-9
Weight: 240 pounds

Athletic achievement: He led the Governors to a 20-5 record and the Class AA state championship this past season. The state’s returning Gatorade Boys Basketball Player of the Year, Hanson averaged 19.9 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game. A First Team All-State selection, he’s also a three-time All-Conference performer.

Academic excellence: Hanson has maintained a 3.14 GPA.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of a youth mentoring program.


“Hanson dominates in the middle,” said Tim Buddenhagen, head coach at Huron (S.D.).  “He’s a really good rebounder on both ends, and plays solid defense. I think he’s really stepped up his game, even over last year.”

THE FUTURE: Hanson has signed with Creighton.


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