ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team has bolstered its backcourt with the signing of junior college transfer Amari Hale to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves, head coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday.
A 6-1, 165-pound point guard from Portland, Ore., Hale comes north after playing in two of the nation’s top JC conferences, and averaging double figures in both of his seasons. As a sophomore last year, he averaged 13.2 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.3 assists for an Eastern Arizona College squad that finished 19-12 and reached the NJCAA Region I/Div. I championship game. He scored double figures in 25 games, including 23 points against ACCAC champion Cochise College and 21 points in a 91-89 win over Arizona Western, and had a pair of 9-assist efforts.
“We are excited to welcome Amari to our program,” said Osborne. “Our staff and all our players were very impressed with him on his recent visit and he fit in well with our returners. He is an outstanding young man who will add a new dimension to our lineup. One of the areas we wanted to address was adding quickness and athleticism to our backcourt, and he will be one of the quickest and most athletic guards in the region. He has the ability to push the ball and also get to the basket and break down the defense. In addition, he has the toughness to pressure the ball in both full- and half-court situations.”
As a freshman at Midland (Texas) College in 2017-18, Hale put up 10.2 points and 2.8 assists in 28 games. He scored double figures 12 times for the Chaparrals, with three 20-plus scoring efforts.
Hale was a two-sport athlete at Central Catholic High School in Portland, rushing for over 1,700 yards as a prep senior, and helping the Rams to a 20-6 record on the basketball court as a junior.
“We love the fact that Amari was a multi-sport athlete at Central Catholic," Osborne added. “He showed his athletic ability as a senior after not playing football for two years. Like former Seawolf guards and all-state high school football players Diante Mitchell and Spencer Svejcar, he has really started to blossom after being in two quality programs and concentrating on basketball the last two years. We expect Amari to be a major contributor and exciting addition for the next two years.”
Hale joins fellow junior-college standout Oggie Pantovic, a 6-8, 225-pound forward from Serbia and Utah State-Eastern, as the second member of UAA’s 2019-20 recruiting class.
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