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UAA men's basketball team adds 2 more to big recruiting class

  • Author: Alaska Dispatch News
  • Updated: June 14, 2017
  • Published June 14, 2017

UAA basketball coach Rusty Osborne continued to fill a roster depleted by graduations and early departures by signing two more players, bringing his number of recruits for next season to nine.

The latest signings are Josiah Wood, a 6-foot-5 guard from Nevada with a basketball pedigree, and Jack Macdonald, a 6-foot guard from Australia, the school announced Wednesday.

Both were first-team all-conference picks last season.

Wood comes to UAA from Butte College in Oroville, California, where he started 57 games as a freshman and sophomore and was a two-time Golden Valley Conference first-team pick.

He averaged better than 14 points per game both seasons and owns a career-high of 27 points.

Wood is the son of David Wood, an eight-year NBA veteran who spent his college days at the University of Nevada. The younger Wood starred in high school at Reno's Galena High School.

"Josiah has been on our radar for two years and had Division I offers this spring," Osborne said in a press release from UAA. "He gives us good size to match up with bigger wings, but also has tremendous ball handling skills, which allow him to play multiple positions, including the point."

Osborne called him a late bloomer who is "still scratching the surface of his potential."

Macdonald is coming off a solid freshman season at Ohlone College in Fremont, California. He averaged 10.8 points, scoring in double figures in 14 of 26 games with a career-high of 26 points.

Osborne said the more Macdonald, who is from Melbourne, adjusted to the American game, the better he got, averaging nearly 18 points in his final several games at Ohlone.

"But what really attracted us to Jack was his toughness and leadership ability," Osborne said. "His coaches at every level raved about his competitiveness as his greatest attribute."

The Seawolves lost 10 players from last season's 21-8 team. Wood and Macdonald join a recruiting class that includes four Division I transfers — 6-3 guard Malik Clements of North Dakota State and 5-10 guard Maleke Haynes, 6-9 forward Jacob Lampkin and 6-4 guard D.J. Ursery, all of University of the Pacific — and three high schoolers — 6-5 forward Eric Jenkins of Dimond, 6-8 forward Austin White of Ninilchik and 6-1 guard Brennan Rymer of Sydney, Australia.

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