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Alaska high school star Sayvia Sellers signs to play basketball at University of Washington

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One of the most decorated basketball players to come out of Alaska in recent memory will be staying close to home to continue her playing career. Anchorage Christian School senior point guard Sayvia Sellers has committed to play for the University of Washington women’s basketball program.

The four-star recruit chose the Huskies over several other top Division I programs and made the announcement on social media. ACS will be having a formal signing ceremony in November.

She joins former Dimond High star forward, Alissa Pili, who signed with USC coming out of high school in 2018 and recently transferred to Utah, as the latest in a long line of hoopsters from the Last Frontier who decided to play in the Pac-12.

Former West Valley star Ruthy Hebard is another. Hebard went on to get drafted No. 8 overall in the 2020 WNBA Draft and won a championship with the Chicago Sky after starring at Oregon from 2016-2020.

Sellers was named the 2021 Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year following a sensational junior season in which she was an unstoppable force and led the Lions to their fifth-straight state championship. It was their first at the 4A level after years of dominating 3A competition. She nearly averaged a double-double during the state tournament with close to 21 points and almost 10 rebounds per game as her team cruised through the bracket with relative ease.

During her career, Sellers has never suffered a loss to an Alaska opponent and helped ACS set a record for consecutive wins against Alaska competition at 99, besting Ninilchik’s long-standing record of 97.

Sellers will be heavily favored to win GPOY honors again as a senior and with her leading the charge on both ends of the court, ACS is going to be the overwhelming favorite to win its sixth straight state title.

Josh Reed

Josh Reed is a sports reporter for the Anchorage Daily News. He's a graduate of West High School and the University of North Carolina at Pembroke.