Seawolves the only choice for Castle (Basketball)

December 3, 2011

Melissa Castle

When Southeast Alaska’s Melissa Castle considered colleges she didn’t look beyond her home state.

It was UAA all the way.

Castle, of Craig High fame, has already signed her letter of intent with head coach Tim Moser and the Seawolves and will be eligible to play basketball in the fall of 2012.

“I choose UAA because it has a good dental hygiene program, a great basketball program and it is close to home, but yet a different Alaska environment for me,” she told me.

Castle is a 5-foot-8 all-state guard who averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as a junior last season. She also set her career high with 30 points against Haines, thanks to her physical and aggressive playing style.

She already has visited UAA on a recruiting trip and liked it right away.

“All the girls and coaches were very welcoming,” Castle said. “After watching them scrimmage, which was the last thing I did before I left, I knew it. I felt that I just would fit into their program.”

She was most impressive with Moser’s family first philosophy on and off the court, which was only confirmed the more people she talked to on campus.

“I can’t wait to improve my game learning from him, other coaches and teammates,” Castle said.

The Seawolves have emerged into a national power under Moser, who entered this season with the highest winning percentage (.835) among active NCAA Division II Women’s coaches.

The expectation to win doesn’t scare Castle – it fuels her.

“I’m going to have to work hard to help contribute in the future,” she said. “I guarantee I will practically live in the gym.”