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The Devine family of Wasilla produces another UAA basketball player

The Seawolves are tapping into the Devine pipeline for another basketball player.

Luke Devine, a 6-foot-5 forward who helped Wasilla to the 2018 Class 4A state championship, will join the UAA men’s team this season, becoming the third member of his family to play for the Seawolves.

Alysha Devine, a 6-foot forward, was a four-year standout for the women’s team from 2013-17, earning conference honorable mention honors as a junior and senior and then spending a couple of seasons as an assistant coach.

Connor Devine, a 6-10 center, was a one-year transfer who joined the Seawolves for the 2016-17 season after playing three seasons of Division I basketball at South Dakota State.

The latest Devine comes to UAA after spending last school year at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, where he didn’t play basketball. In high school he was a mainstay for the Wasilla Warriors and a third-team all-state pick as a senior.

He is the final addition to UAA’s 2021-22 roster.

“We had spoken with him in high school but respected his decision to leave home for a while,” UAA coach Rusty Osborne said in a statement from the school. “He will have some adjustment period as he returns to organized basketball, but we know he is going to be a tremendous teammate and bring a ton of energy every day.”

Devine will join three other Alaskans on the team — Tobin Karlberg of Grace Christian and Isaiah Moses and Evan Hoosier, both of Dimond High.

Beth Bragg

Beth Bragg wrote about sports and other topics for the ADN for more than 35 years, much of it as sports editor. She retired in October 2021. She's contributing coverage of Alaskans involved in the 2022 Winter Olympics.