Creighton men sign three
OMAHA, Neb. -- Three men signed a letter-of-intent on Wednesday to continue
their careers with the Creighton basketball program. Zach Hanson, Darian
Harris and Toby Hegner will all join the Jays next fall as freshmen and have
four years of eligibility remaining.
"We are excited to announce the addition of three quality young men to the
Creighton Family," said third-year head coach Greg McDermott. "Each of them
possess the qualities that we look for as we go through the recruiting
process. They come from tremendous families, have a high level of character,
are quality students and compete for quality High School basketball
programs. We fully expect them to be tremendous ambassadors to the Mission
of Creighton University and to carry on the great tradition that the
Creighton Nation has come to enjoy."
Hanson is a 6-foot-9 forward from Pierre, S.D., where he plays for T.F.
Riggs High School. Hanson was named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year
as a junior after averaging 17.3 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per
game for a team that finished 18-8 and third in South Dakota's largest
classification. Hanson is a two-time all-state pick and enters his fourth
year on the varsity ranked third in school history in rebounds and seventh
"Zach is a young man who has a tremendous potential," said McDermott. "At
6¹9² and 240 pounds he has the ability to be a very productive post player
in the MVC. He can shoot to the 3-point line and can also score in a variety
of ways around the rim. We are planning on him having a very good career at
Harris is a 6-foot-6 guard from Springdale, Ark., where he competes for
Shiloh Christian High School. Harris averaged 23.1 points, 7.8 rebounds and
5.7 assists per game as a junior, was named league player of the year and
earned all-state accolades. Harris also played for the Arkansas Wings Elite
AAU program, which went 9-0 to win the AAU 11th Grade National Championship
at Disney World in July.
"Darian can dribble, pass and shoot and possesses a high basketball IQ,"
said McDermott. "He won an AAU National Championship this summer with the
Arkansas Wings. As he develops his body we anticipate him being a valuable
asset to our program at the wing position."
Hegner is a 6-foot-10 forward from Berlin, Wis., where he plays for Berlin
High School. He averaged 16.9 points, 8.9 rebounds and 1.8 blocks per game
as a junior after averages of 16.4 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per
game as a sophomore. Hegner was an honorable-mention all-state pick by the
Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association last year.
"Toby is a very skilled big man who has the ability to stretch the defense
with his perimeter shooting yet also possess nice moves around the rim,"
said McDermott. "He had a great summer and is continuing to work hard to
develop his body. He will be able to play multiple positions for us and we
believe that his best basketball is ahead of him."
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