The Wolves' Brian Hanks throws a pass while being guarded by Thomas' Mario Hanna on Jan. 13. Hanks is a 5-11 senior guard.

The Wolves' Brian Hanks throws a pass while being guarded by Thomas' Mario Hanna on Jan. 13. Hanks is a 5-11 senior guard.

At 5-foot-11 and 178 pounds, Brian Hanks is athletic, quick and coordinated, but he's far from being looked upon as a physical marvel.

However, that hasn't stopped the Worthington Kilbourne High School senior from earning a starting position in three sports.

While starting on defense for the boys soccer team for four seasons, Hanks helped lead the Wolves to two Division I district championships and was honorable mention all-OCC-Central Division each of the past two seasons.

As the point guard for the boys basketball team, Hanks has been the Wolves' primary ball-handler for four seasons, and he was honorable mention all-league as a sophomore and junior.

As the shortstop for the baseball team the past three seasons, Hanks helped lead the Wolves to an OCC-Central title as a sophomore.

"Brian's a throwback in that he's been a starter in three varsity sports since he was a freshman and he's well on his way toward earning 12 varsity letters," boys basketball coach Tom Souder said. "That doesn't happen at a school our size very often anymore, and that's a credit to his work ethic and the support he gets from his family."

Hanks said his work ethic is inspired by his older brother, David Hanks, who played four seasons of baseball at Kilbourne and earned a varsity letter as a senior despite having Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism.

"David's the best big brother and he's inspired me to get better and to do my best my whole life," Brian said. "David has Asperger's and he's not very athletic, but he didn't let it hold him back and he's always found ways to compete. I'm definitely not the fastest or strongest athlete myself, but I work hard to prepare myself and I try to be mentally stronger than most of the people I compete with.

"I just want to make David proud because I don't think I would be in the position I'm in without having him as a positive influence."

David has served as an assistant to Souder during each of his younger brother's four seasons of basketball.

"He's my biggest fan, but if I mess up and have a bad game, David is the first one to tell me what I need to do to improve," Brian said.

Souder respects the younger Hanks' court vision enough that he doesn't hesitate to ask for his opinion on which offense or defense the Wolves should run in certain situations.

After averaging 2.3 points as a freshman, he improved his scoring average to 6.3 as a sophomore. He averaged 6.1 points as a junior and was averaging 9.2 points through 13 games this season.

"Brian has great vision on the basketball court and his athletic IQ is good in everything he does," Souder said. "During a dead-ball situation he'll come to the bench and we'll ask him if he has a feel for what's going on offensively or defensively. Brian's a positive leader and a great role model for our younger kids. He's shooting the ball better than ever and his assist-to-turnover ratio is about 1.5 to 1.0, which is good for a point guard."

Brian hopes to play college baseball, but even if he doesn't receive that opportunity, he said he'll never regret dividing his time between three sports in high school.

"Many people ask me why I don't specialize in one or two sports to give myself a better chance to play one of them in college," he said.

"But I think I would have missed any one of the three sports had I given it up. I definitely would have missed out on some special experiences with my teammates, coaches and family if I hadn't played all three, and I'm glad that I'll always be able to look back on all of these memories the rest of my life."