ANCHORAGE – A second generation Seawolf is the first member of Ryan McCarthy’s 2018 recruiting class as the Alaska Anchorage women’s basketball coach announced Monday that local prep star Jahnna Hajdukovich has signed a National Letter of Intent.
The daughter of two former UAA players – Seawolf Hall of Famer Jim Hajdukovich and Michelle (Titus) Hajdukovich – Jahnna enters her senior season at Dimond High School with a chance to earn four straight AABC all-state awards. Before transferring to Dimond and earning first-team honors last yaer, the 5-8 guard was a second-team selection as a sophomore at Fairbanks’ Lathrop High and a third-team pick as a freshman with the Malemutes.
A double-digit scorer all three seasons, Hajdukovich led Lathrop to sixth place at the ASAA 4A State Tournament as a sophomore and helped the Lynx to a runner-up finish as a junior in 2017, making the All-State Tournament Team both times. Last year she averaged 12.3 points per game at state, including 19 points in Dimond’s semifinal win over Colony.
“Jahnna is a highly skilled guard who will continue the long line of talented local athletes we’ve signed recently,” said McCarthy, who has led the Seawolves to three straight Great Northwest Athletic Conference titles. “She is already a great shooter at the high school level, and she has a special feel for the game that you would expect from someone whose family has such deep basketball roots. We’re thrilled that she and her parents chose to continue the great tradition of wearing the Green & Gold. “
The Seawolves – currently 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in NCAA Div. II – have three active seniors on their 2017-18 roster.