So Hankerson, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard out of Miami (Fla.) Coral Reef, has a leg up on his peers, having watched his older brother and current Alabama player – Charles Hankerson – go through this process.
"He's just the perfect role model and he shows me the level of work that it takes to get to that level," the younger Hankerson told Scout.com.
But Hankerson was quick to point out that he and his brother are different on the court. He said he's more "elusive."
"I like to use my size and speed and I like to penetrate to the basket," he said. "If I have the pull-up I'll take it. If I have the dish out I'll take it and once people sag off me I'll shoot the three. I like to get to the free throw line a lot too."
Hankerson's junior season was a success. He averaged 22.9 points and 11.3 rebounds a game, while leading Coral Reef to a District win for only the second time in school history.
Off the court, Hankerson has performed well too. He currently holds a 5.1 GPA and a 3.95 unweighted GPA.
"I'm taking a whole lot of AP courses that are advanced placement courses and they'll give me college credit," Hankerson explained.
Hankerson, who has received a wide array of college interest, was quick to point out that academics will play a major role in his college decision.
"High academics is the most important thing that will contribute to my decision," he said.
"Academic is going to contribute to it, but also how I fit in with the programs style of play and how I bond with the coaches," Hankerson added.
"I'm actually probably going to visit Princeton in the near future," Hankerson said.
"I plan on taking a visit to UCF either this week or next week," he added.
Hankerson, who will play with Gold Coast on the travel team circuit, said he's still sifting through information and plans take his SAT a few more times before he looks to make a college choice.
"This is definitely the beginning stages," he said. "I've only taken my SAT once and I plan on taking it a couple more times to better my score."