ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team turned to a familiar source as it continues to reload its roster for 2019-20, with head coach Rusty Osborne announcing Thursday that North Idaho College guard Keegan Crosby has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves.
A 6-6, 215-pound point guard from Seattle, Crosby will have three years of eligibility at UAA, having redshirted the 2018-19 season at NIC. He played a key reserve role as a freshman in 2017-18, playing alongside future UAA teammate Tyler Brimhall on the Cardinals’ NWAC-championships squad.
“We are thrilled that Keegan has chosen to become a Seawolf,” Osborne said. “He adds another dynamic to our lineup as a big, skilled, athletic wing. Although he will have to shake off some ‘game rust’ after redshirting with an injury, we have no doubt that he will be able to make an immediate impact. With three years left to play, he also keeps our classes balanced as well.”
Crosby spent his prep career with two of the top programs in Washington, playing his first three seasons at Bishop Blanchet High School and his senior campaign at Nathan Hale High School, where he helped the Raiders to a 29-0 record and mythical national title. Playing under former NBA star Brandon Roy and alongside current Denver Nugget forward Michael Porter Jr., Crosby’s season highlights included making the clinching free throws to win the 2016 Les Schwab Invitational over USA Today No. 1-ranked Sierra Canyon (Calif.), and scoring 30 points in a league win over Bishop Blanchet.
“Keegan is not only talented on the court, but he brings a winning pedigree,” Osborne added. “His last three teams have all won the ultimate championship they were competing for – Nathan Hale won state and national titles, and North Idaho has won back-to-back NWAC titles. In addition, we know that he has been well coached by Coach (Corey) Symons and his staff, and will fit in well with the things we like to do on both ends of the floor.”
Crosby joins fellow junior-college standouts Amari Hale (6-1, 165, G, Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS/Eastern Arizona) and Oggie Pantovic (6-8, 225, F, Kovin, Serbia/Utah State-Eastern) as the third member of UAA’s 2019-20 recruiting class.
He also becomes the third Seawolf with North Idaho ties, joining Brimhall and fellow starting forward Niko Bevens, who played there in 2016-17.
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