McCullough named NWAC’s North Region Freshman of the Year

March 6, 2017

Jalon McCullough basketball

Jalon McCullough

Coming off last year’s redshirt season, Jalon McCullough of Fairbanks knew he had to hit the ground running with Peninsula College.

He flirted with a triple-double in the first game and never looked back.

The 5-foot-10 guard pieced together a sensational season that saw him earn all-region honors in the Northwest Athletic Conference as well as being named
North Region Freshman of the Year.

“I just kept going from the get go, learning from teammates ahead of me so when it was my time I knew I would be ready,” he told me.

McCullough, of Monroe Catholic High fame, was the only Alaska men’s player to earn all-region recognition.

He ranked second on Peninsula in scoring [11.9], assists [3.7], 3-pointers [56] and 3-point shooting percentage [.440].

Peninsula [18-8] made the NWAC playoffs after finishing second in the region with a 9-5 league record.

This will be McCullough’s first playoff game in college, but that doesn’t mean he doesn’t have playoff experience. At Monroe Catholic, he won three state championships under coach Frank Ostanik.

“Playing for Coach O prepared me well for college basketball, teaching me really what it takes to make it to the next level,” McCullough said. “I also had teammates like David Stepovich, Tyler Wells and Scooter Bynum killing me every day in practice to make me the player I am today.”