ANCHORAGE - Alaska Anchorage head coach Rusty Osborne has added another athletic, junior-college standout to his 2012-13 squad as he announced Wednesday that former Washington prep star Teancum Stafford has joined the Seawolves.
Originally from Auburn, Wash., Stafford earned honorable mention All-Scenic West Conference honors last season at Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. The 6-5, 205-pound forward averaged 11.6 points and 5.2 rebounds while shooting 36 percent on three-pointers as a freshman in 2011-12, returning to the court after a three-year absence to serve a church mission.
"We are excited about Teancum's commitment to our program. He fills an immediate need, and as a sophomore he gives us long-term stability as well," said Osborne, who has piloted the Seawolves to two straight NCAA Second Round appearances. "He is very athletic and shoots the ball extremely well."
In high school, Stafford was the South Puget Sound League co-MVP as a senior at Auburn High, helping the Trojans to a 20-0 regular season and their second consecutive Class 3A State Tournament berth.
"Teancum brings experience both on and off the floor and will continue to get better," Osborne added. "To sit out three years and come back as an all-league player in the best junior-college league in the nation shows his talent level. He should make an immediate impact in our league."
Stafford is the sixth member of UAA's 2012-13 recruiting class, joining fellow JC transfers Stephan Heard (F, 6-7, 210, Long Beach, Calif./Jordan HS/Long Beach CC) and Mike MacKelvie (G/F, 6-4, 190, Wilsonville, Ore./Eastern Arizona), plus 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.