ANCHORAGE – One of the recent top prep basketball players in the state of Alaska will return home for his final two collegiate seasons as Alaska Anchorage head coach Rusty Osborne announced Thursday that Nathan Fromm has signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Seawolves.
A 6-5, 190-pound guard from Anchorage’s Service High School, Fromm played the last two seasons in two of the best junior-college leagues in the nation, starring as a freshman at Western Wyoming Community College and contributing last season at New Mexico Junior College.
“We are excited that Nathan has committed to returning home and becoming a Seawolf,” Osborne said. “I have watched Nathan play since sixth grade and have seen him grow into a very talented player through Service High and junior college.”
As a freshman in 2017-18, Fromm earned All-Region IX second-team honors, averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.8 steals per game. He scored double figures in 26 of his 28 games at Western Wyoming, shooting .514 from the field, .451 from long range and .748 at the free throw line, with a pair of 38-point efforts.
Fromm battled through injuries last year to help New Mexico JC to a 13-2 record in games in which he played, averaging 9.2 points and 4.2 rebounds.
“After an outstanding first year at Western Wyoming, he had to battle through a lot of physical adversity this year at New Mexico JC, including a broken jaw that ended his season in January,” Osborne added. “Fully recovered now, we expect Nathan to be an outstanding player in the GNAC during his two years at UAA. Nathan adds another dimension to our lineup as a bigger wing, with excellent athleticism, ball-handling skills and shooting ability. In addition, he is a very good rebounder for his position.”
Prior to his JC career, Fromm was a two-time first-team all-state performer at Service High, finishing runner-up in player-of-the-year balloting by the Alaska Association of Basketball Coaches as a senior. He averaged more than 21 points and eight rebounds each of his final two seasons.
Fromm joins fellow junior-college standouts Keegan Crosby (6-6, 215, G, Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale HS/North Idaho), Amari Hale (6-1, 165, G, Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS/Eastern Arizona), Oggie Pantovic (6-8, 225, F, Kovin, Serbia/Utah State-Eastern) and David Riley (6-8, 235, F, Farmington, N.M./Colorado Northwestern CC) as the fifth member of UAA’s 2019-20 recruiting class.
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