California JC standout joins UAA men
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team has added an athletic presence on the interior as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that California junior-college standout Stephan Heard has joined the Seawolf program.
A 6-7, 210-pound post, Heard played last at Long Beach City College, where he was an All-South Coast Conference South Division first-team performer as a sophomore in 2010-11. The Southern California native averaged 12.9 points, 8.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists and 1.4 blocks, while shooting 47 percent for a Vikings club that finished 15-12 overall and 9-4 in league play. He will join the Seawolves with two years of eligibility remaining.
"Stephan is a great addition to our program because of his ability to play both frontcourt positions," said Osborne, who has currently guided UAA to five NCAA Tournament berths in the last seven seasons. "He will be the most athletically gifted player we have had in the last few years, which should add another dimension to both our offense and defense. His ability to rebound on both ends will be crucial to our success. Once he adjusts to our system, we expect him to be one of the most exciting players in the West Region."
Prior to playing his freshman season at Eastern Arizona College, Heard was a prep standout at Long Beach's Jordan High School, where he helped the Panthers to a 23-6 record as a senior in 2008-09.
Heard becomes the fifth member of UAA's 2012-13 recruiting class, joining fellow JC transfer Mike MacKelvie (G/F, 6-4, 190, Wilsonville, Ore./Eastern Arizona) and high school signees John Erickson (G, 6-4/185, Sisters, Ore.), Jalen Little (PG, 5-10/160, Colorado Springs, Colo./Sierra HS) and Collin Spickerman (F, 6-9/205, West Linn, Ore./Jesuit HS).
UAA plays in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. The Seawolves posted a 23-7 record last season, earning their second straight NCAA Tournament 2nd Round appearance and finishing No. 16 in the D-II top-25 poll.