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Division II POY Zach Hankins Commits To Xavier As Grad Transfer

A rack of NCAA basketballs.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 21: NCAA basketballs in a rack on the court during the shoot-around proipr to the game between the Florida Gators and the Fresno State Bulldogs during the MetroPCS Orange Bowl Basketball Classic on December 21, 2013 at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. Florida defeated Fresno State 66-49. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)

The Division II Player of the Year is taking his game to the next level next season. Literally.

Ferris State's Zach Hankins, who helped lead the Bulldogs to a 38-1 record and the D-II national title, will play his final season of college basketball at Xavier.

The 6-foot-10 Hankins will graduate this summer before heading to Xavier. He is the first commitment for new XU head coach Travis Steele.

Hankins played in all 39 games for FSU, averaging 15.1 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per contest. He scored 19 points in the Bulldogs' national title game win over Northern State.

In an exhibition game against Michigan State back in October, he held his own with 12 points and eight rebounds in 26 minutes.

A broken foot as a senior in high school hurt Hankins' college recruitment, and ultimately led to him enrolling at Ferris State. He wound up being a major steal.

Now, Hankins will have a chance to prove himself at the highest level of college basketball next season.

Xavier won the Big East regular season title this year and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. However, the Musketeers were upset by Florida State in the second round.