THIS WEEK IN ALASKA ANCHORAGE MEN’S BASKETBALL...

UAA hosts 24th annual Seawolf Jamboree
Nov. 18 & 19 — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, Alaska
Friday’s Games
4 pm: Cal State Los Angeles (1-1) vs Alaska Fairbanks (1-2)
6 pm: BYU-Hawaii (0-1) vs #12 Alaska Anchorage (2-2)
Saturday’s Games
2 pm: BYU-Hawaii vs Alaska Fairbanks
4 pm: Cal State Los Angeles vs #12 Alaska Anchorage

TV: All four games will be shown live statewide on GCI cable channels 907 (hd) & 1 (sd)

LIVE VIDEOSTREAM: All four games, free at portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa or gnac.tv

LIVE STATS: Surf to either portal.stretchinternet.com/uaa or GoSeawolves.com

TICKETS: $10 general admission, $8 discounted, UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... visit GoSeawolves.com or call 907-786-1562 for all ticket info.

PROBABLE STARTERS (2016-17 stats)
G—Diante Mitchell, 6-1, Sr. (9.3 ppg, 2.0 rpg, 4.0 apg, .813 FT)
G—Sekou ‘Suki’ Wiggs, 6-4, Sr. (22.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 3.3 apg, .491 FG, .393 3FG, .788 FT)
G—Spencer Svejcar, 6-4, Sr. (12.8 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 1.8 apg, .415 FG, 1.000 [11-11] FT)
F—Corey Hammell, 6-6, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 1.8 apg, .444 FG, .677 FT)
C—Connor Devine, 6-10, Sr. (8.0 ppg, 5.3 rpg, 1.8 spg, 1.8 bpg, .682 FG)

SCOUTING THE OPPONENTS: Cal State Los Angeles has split its first two non-conference game, beating Cal Lutheran 97-80 and losing to Concordia, Calif., 75-67 ... the Golden Eagles are led by 5-8 Sr. G Jordan Wilson (19.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 5.5 apg, .520 FG) and 6-5 Sr. G Roderick Evans-Taylor (15.5 ppg, 7.0 rpg, 3.5 apg, .480 FG) ... BYU-Hawaii got started with a 73-64 home loss to Alaska Fairbanks on Monday, despite 17 points (6-7 FG, 4-5 3FG) amd 5 assists from 5-10 Fr. G Bailey Kikuchi ... 6-4 Fr. G Caeleb Roney added 6 points and 10 rebounds in the opener for the Seasiders, who are picked to finish 8th in the Pacific West Conference’s preseason poll.

THE ALL-TIME SERIES...

vs. Cal St. LA: Never played
vs. BYUH: UAA leads 15-7 overall, 6-3 in Anchorage
Last: BYUH 90-69 (12/3/14 at UAA)
Streak: BYUH 1
Notes: The Seawolves had won four straight before falling to a nationally ranked Seasider club in the 2014 Jamboree ... teams have met three times in the postseason, including twice in the NCAA Tournament ... first meeting was a 114-82 UAA road win, Feb. 20, 1979.

HAWAII RECAP: The Seawolves will try to get back on track this week after suffering a pair of losses in the GNAC/Pac West Challenge in Honolulu last week ... in Friday’s 92-81 setback against Chaminade, Sr. G Suki Wiggs scored 33 points, tying his own UAA record with 17 free throws made, while Sr. C Connor Devine added 14 points (7-8 FG) and 6 rebounds ... on Saturday, Wiggs and Diante Mitchell (4-8 FG, 9-11 FT) scored 18 points apiece but a late comeback fell short in a 77-71 loss to Hawaii Pacific ... Sr. F Corey Hammell had all 10 of his rebounds on the offensive glass, while Mitchell added 5 assists and 2 steals against the Sharks.

TEAM NOTES: The 2015-16 Seawolves secured the 15th 20-win season in program history ... UAA is aiming for a 12th straight winning season and the 34th in 40 years … the Seawolves have qualified for the GNAC Tournament each year since the event was instituted in 2011 ... the ’15-16 Seawolves earned their sixth straight winning record in GNAC play and extended the same streak of top-4 finishes ... UAA last year easily surpassed the school records for free throws made (703) and FT pct. (.804), with the percentage ranking 2nd in the nation ... in the other NCAA Div. II national stats, the Seawolves were 24th in scoring margin (+9.7), 29th in fewest turnovers per game (11.1), 29th in rebound margin (29th, +5.6) and 28th in assist/turnover ratio (+1.37).

PRESEASON ACCOLADES ABOUND: Collectively and individually, the Seawolves have been drawing attention in the preseason, including a No. 3 ranking in The Sporting News’ NCAA Div. II preview edition ... the Seawolves were also No. 18 in the Division II Bulletin preseason poll, and earned nine of 11 first-place votes to come out atop at the GNAC Preseason Coaches’ Poll ... Sr. G Suki Wiggs was picked as a First Team All-American by The Sporting News and an honorable mention pick by DII Bulletin ... Wiggs was also voted the GNAC Preseason Player of the Year and made the Preseason All-GNAC Team along with senior teammates Corey Hammell and Spencer Svejcar.

2016-17 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Preseason Men’s Basketball Coaches’ Poll
Rk  Team (1st-pl. votes)   ‘15-16 Records      Pts
 1. Alaska Anchorage (9)   21-11 (14-6, t-3rd) 119
 2. Western Washington (1) 16-15 (9-11, t-6th) 100
 3. Central Washington (1) 18-8 (13-7, 5th)     83
 4. Alaska Fairbanks       22-8 (15-5, 2nd)     79
 5. Seattle Pacific        22-9 (14-6, t-3rd)   73
 6. Western Oregon         31-4 (18-2, 1st)     71
 7. Montana State Billings 11-17 (8-12, 7th)    63
 8. Saint Martin’s         15-13 (9-11, t-6th)  55
 9. Northwest Nazarene     8-18 (4-16, 10th)    36
10. Concordia, Ore.        7-20 (4-16, 9th)     32
11. Simon Fraser           2-24 (1-19, 11th)    15

SUKI SMOOTH: The 2016-17 GNAC Preseason Player of the Year, Sr. G Sekou ‘Suki’ Wiggs has put his scoring skills on display with 91 points through the first four games ... a D2CCA Third Team All-American, 2015-16 GNAC Newcomer of the Year and unanimous First Team All-GNAC pick, Wiggs produced one of the most prolific statistical campaigns in UAA and league history, with his 770 points ranking No. 2 on the program’s all-time list ... the transfer from Div. I Idaho led the GNAC in scoring (24.1 ppg, 11th nationally), defensive rebounding (6.3 drpg) and minutes per game (34.9), along with other league ranks of 3rd in rebounding (7.3 rpg), 3rd in steals (1.6 spg), 10th in assists (3.3 apg) and 11th in A/T ratio (1.3) ... now with six 30-point efforts, Wiggs is just the sixth Seawolf with that many in a career ... last year he easily broke UAA’s season records for FTs made (235), made per game (7.6), and attempted (316), while his scoring average was No. 3 all-time; in raw numbers, Wiggs was 2nd in points (770), coming just 43 shy of Jesse Jackson’s record 813 points in 1986-87 ... after only 36 games in a Seawolf uniform since transfering from D-I Idaho, Wiggs has risen on UAA’s career lists to 30th in scoring (810 pts), .

HAMMELL TIME: Sr. F Corey Hammell was tabbed a 2015-16 2nd Team All-GNAC selection after leading the league in rebounding by nearly three boards per game last year ... the Santa Rosa (Calif.) Junior College transfer ranked 14th nationally in both rebounds per game and (10.2) and double-doubles (14), and was No. 2 in offensive rebounding (4.2 orpg) ... the Californian became the fifth Seawolf to average a double-double and the first since Peter Bullock in 2002-03 ... Hammell also recorded one of the most productive free-throw campaigns in program history, ranking 2nd on UAA’s single-season list with 187 charities made and 7th in the GNAC with a .832 FT% ... in 36 games as a Seawolf, Hammell has 19 double-digit rebounding efforts, including six games with 15-plus.

SVEJCAR SVWISHES: Sr. G Spencer Svejcar was recognized as a 2015-16 Honorable Mention All-GNAC performer after stepping up his game up a level in conference play, shooting .462 from the field and .386 from 3FG range ... an NJCAA All-Region IX First Team selection as a sophomore at Laramie (Wyo.) CC, the Colorado native has tallied double figures in 24 of 34 games as a Seawolf, including all four contests this year ... Svejcar was also one of the GNAC’s top FT shooters at .836 last year, and he is a perfect 11 of 11 from the stripe this year.

KEY DUO HEALTHY AGAIN: The Seawolves were without the services of two key players for extended amounts of time in 2015-16 due to injuries ... then-Jr. G Diante Mitchell was the GNAC’s 2nd-leading FT% (.852) and 3FG% (.460) shooter when he injured his lower leg Jan. 28 against Saint Martin’s and missed the final 10 contests ...  a former NJCAA Academic All-American at Western Nebraska, Mitchell ranked 13th in the GNAC in assists (2.9), and 12th in FG% (.500) ... UAA suffered its first big blow on Nov. 6 when So. F Sjur Berg went down with a broken elbow in the Seawolves’ home opener in early November ... Berg missed the rest of the season following surgery, but received a medical redshirt ... the Norwegian ranked second on the team (15th GNAC) in 2014-15 with 5.2 rpg.

UNSUNG HEROES: Then-Fr. G Damien Fulp played a bigger role down the stretch run in 2015-16, logging 20-plus minutes in four of the last eight games ... Fulp’s best GNAC effort came in the regular-season finale at Central Washington with 8 points (4-9 FG), 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals and no turnovers in 22 minutes ... the former Colony High star also produced 7 points against Seattle Pacific, and he had 3 assists and no turnovers in a career-high 25 minutes at Simon Fraser ... then-Jr. F Travis Parrish played mistake-free ball all season in 2015-16, committing a mere 13 turnovers – including only two in the last 11 contests – while logging 299 total minutes in 31 of 32 games ... Parrish contributed 4 points (2-2 FG), 2 rebounds, 2 assists and no turnovers in the double-OT win at Western Washington ... then-Jr. F/C Tayler Thompson shot a sizzling .672 (43 of 64) for the season, making 14 of his last 19 shots ... Thompson scored a career-high 11 points (5-6 FG) and grabbed 6 rebounds in the Jan. 23 win at Concordia.

NIFTY NEWCOMERS: UAA fans will get a look at four players for the first time this year, with 2015-16 redshirts Jr. F Augustus Simmers and Fr. F/C Curtis Ryan joining true newcomers Sr. C Conner Devine and Jr. G Ashton Pomrehn in the lineup ... a former local prep star at Anchorage Christian, Simmers played one season of JC and was a key bench contributor at fellow Div. II program Malone in 2014-15 ... Ryan brings an impressive post game from his native Australia and will join Devine up front ... a former Wasilla High star, Devine returns home for his final year of eligibility after graduating from Div. I mid-major program South Dakota State in the spring ... Devine played in 77 career games at SDSU, contributing on last year’s NCAA Tournament squad ... Pomrehn has been a bright spot in the preseason after transferring from Shasta (Calif.) College, leading UAA with 17 points in both the Green & Gold and Alumni exhibitions.

THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 12 years as head coach, Rusty Osborne (231-132) has led the Seawolves to 11 straight winning seasons, along with five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2008 NCAA D-II Semifinals … the longest tenured coach in program history and currently with the second-longest tenure in the GNAC, became the first UAA basketball coach to reach 200 career victories when the Seawolves beat Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 10, 2015 … Osborne captured his first career GNAC and NABC West District coach-of-the-year awards in 2008 after becoming the second coach to lead UAA to three consecutive NCAA berths (2006-08), and in 2011-12 his Seawolves posted a 24-10 record to equal the 2nd-most victories in program history; Osborne’s 2007-08 club holds that record with a 29-6 mark … before taking over the head job in 2004-05, the Texas native previously served 13 seasons (1991-04) as a UAA assistant, including 11 years as the top assistant … the Seawolves have won over 60 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and eight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament ... Osborne is assisted in 2016-17 by Cameron Turner (6th season), Scott Friel (1st season) and former Seawolf guard Jesse Brown (1st season).

2016-17 Seawolf Individual Honors
Corey Hammell
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Spencer Svejcar
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Suki Wiggs
Preseason All-GNAC Team (unanimous)
GNAC Preseason Player of the Year
The Sporting News Preseason First Team All-American
Division II Bulletin Preseason Honorable Mention All-American
GNAC/Pac West Challenge All-Tournament Team