It was a short-lived retirement for Peter Bullock of Anchorage, the former University of Alaska Anchorage star center who also led East High School to a state championship. After saying goodbye to the Norwegian League after nine seasons as a professional, the 30-year-old is back with Froya Basket.
“I actually rejoined my old team before Christmas on more a part-time hobby basis,” Bullock told me. “I had to get some exercise after sitting at my desk all day.”
He hasn’t missed a beat. Bullock has averaged 13.1 points and 8.9 rebounds in seven games since his return, highlighted by a 17-point, 18-rebound effort in his fourth game back. Two days ago he delivered 17 points and eight boards in just 25 minutes. Froya Basket is 5-2 with Bullock in the lineup.
Bullock, a four-year player, is the leading scorer in UAA history with 1,902 points, more than 200 points ahead of Hansi Gnad, who's second on the list. Bullock also is No. 4 on the school's all-time rebounding list and the No. 3 rebounder.
Van Williams, a 20-year local sports writer and the former sports editor of the Anchorage Daily News, writes about the athletic exploits of Alaskans for the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.