UAA inks Colorado prep standout Little
ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team landed another top prep commitment Monday when head coach Rusty Osborne announced that Colorado product Jalen Little has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves.
Little, a 5-10 point guard from Colorado Springs, averaged 11.6 points, 6.2 assists, 3.7 steals, 3.1 rebounds and a 4-to-1 assist-turnover ratio for Sierra High School in 2011-12, helping the Stallions to a 26-2 record and a runner-up finish at the Class 4A State Tournament.
Despite playing only the second semester of his senior season due to Colorado transfer rules, Little garnered honorable mention all-state accolades from the Denver Post, 2nd Team All-Metro Team honors from the Colorado Springs Gazette and recognition on the prestigious John Bailey All-Colorado Boys Basketball Team.
Little played his freshman through junior seasons at Palmer High School, earning all-conference honors three times. As a junior in 2010-11, he led the Terrors to an 18-6 record and the 5A Colorado Springs Metro title.
"We are thrilled that Jalen has decided to join our program," said Osborne, who has guided UAA to 47 wins over the past two seasons. "He is a fine young man who fit right in with our team when he visited. Jalen is extremely quick and will bring a different dimension to both our offensive and defensive schemes. He has the ability to create for others or to go get his own shot. His athleticism should bring a lot of excitement to campus over the next four years."
Little also played for the Colorado Chaos - one of the premier AAU squads in the Rocky Mountain region - and finished No. 17 on the club's career scoring list with 1,250 points.
"Most importantly, Jalen is a winner," Osborne added. "He has been well coached by a pair of highly respected coaches with Terry Dunn at Sierra and Dave Mathews of the Colorado Chaos."
Little's signing brings UAA's 2012-13 recruiting class to three players, joining fall commitments Collin Spickerman (F, 6-9/205, West Linn, Ore./Jesuit HS) and John Erickson (G, 6-4/185, Sisters, Ore.).
UAA is an NCAA Div. II program that 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.