BALDWIN CITY, Kan. – For the second year in a row, Alaska Anchorage’s Sekou ‘Suki’ Wiggs has been named to list of top 25 finalists for the Bevo Francis Award, recognizing the best non-NCAA Div. I men’s basketball player in the nation.

The fifth-leading scorer in NCAA Div. II, Wiggs defended his Great Northwest Athletic Conference scoring crown with 24.4 points per game in 2016-17, helping UAA to a 21-8 mark and runner-up in the league standings. The 6-4, 195-pound guard from Seattle (O’Dea HS) was one of two repeat selections on this week’s D2CCA All-West Region Team, making him a candidate for All-America honors for the second year in a row as well.

Last year’s GNAC Newcomer of the Year after transferring from the University of Idaho, Wiggs earned his second straight unanimous All-GNAC honor this season, finishing his 2-year Seawolf career with 1,477 points – No. 5 on the program list and No. 1 in terms of scoring average at 24.2 ppg.

Wiggs also led his team or ranked second in rebounding (5.4 rpg), assists (2.7 apg) and steals (1.2 spg), finishing among the GNAC leaders in all of those categories. He captured back-to-back GNAC Player of the Week honors in during the Seawolves’ 8-game winning streak in January and February, becoming the first player in program history to score at least 30 points in four straight games, and he set UAA’s single-game scoring record with 46 points in the Dec. 1 road victory over Central Washington.

Named for former University of Rio Grande great Clarence ‘Bevo’ Francis, the third annual award is sponsored by Small College Basketball and chosen by a committee comprised mainly of coaches and sports information directors. The winner of the 2017 award will be announced April 3.