Hanson + Creighton = perfect sense
A little bonus blog for you in response to the news that Pierre (and Dakota Schoolers) forward Zach Hanson has given a verbal commitment to play men’s basketball at Creighton.
For as much as local fans figured the 6-foot-9 would either go big (he had offers from Nebraska, Missouri and Iowa State) or stay close to home (SDSU, USD, NDSU), the Bluejays are perhaps the perfect fit in terms of what he was looking for. Relatively close to home, top-10 fan support, a history of success (17 NCAA tournament berths) and the potential to play early.
Plus, Jays coach Greg McDermott is a proven coach with strong Midwest ties who runs a system that can do big things with skilled big men (i.e. Doug McDermott, an All-American last season).
Thinking he might stay in SoDak was little more than wishful thinking on the part of fans – even after SDSU made the Big Dance. Hanson’s top five were all out of state. There’s nothing wrong with his line of thinking and there’s nothing wrong with the local coaches who didn’t land him. In this case, Creighton simply had more to offer.
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