Sherman-Newsome ninth Alaska man to score 1K at D1 level

February 28, 2015

Damon Sherman-Newsome Basketball

Photo by Mitchell Layton

Twenty years ago the state of Alaska didn’t have a single NCAA D1 men’s basketball player with 1,000 points.

Today we have 9.

Anchorage’s Damon Sherman-Newsome joined the select club today with 11 points for Colgate University in a 61-55 win over Leigh that secured the No. 2 seed for the upcoming Patriot League tournament.

The 6-foot-5 senior guard now has 1,003 career points in three seasons at the D1 level.

The 1K milestone didn’t go unnoticed by Sherman-Newsome.

“It means everything. I try to carry Alaska everywhere I go. To be able to do that, to accomplish that, to show people that we can play basketball because still don’t think we can. It’s huge,” he told me. “I think it’ll help younger kids in Alaska. They will see that it can be done.”

Sherman-Newsome, of Bartlett High fame, admitted that he wants to be considered among the best players in Alaska history. He took a different path than most.

He wasn’t a player of the year. He wasn’t highly recruited. He went to a JC as a freshman.

But now he’s part of a hoops hierarchy.

“Honestly that was always my goal, to even be in that conversation to be considered one of the better players,” he said. “Now I can say it and I have proof to back it up.”

NCAA D1 Basketball 1,000-point Scorers from Alaska

1,974 Trajan Langdon [Duke, East High]
1,607 Chris Devine [Santa Barbara, Chugiak High]
1,571 Kyle Bailey [Santa Clara, Lathrop High]
1,506 Carlos Boozer [Duke, Juneau-Douglas High]
1,389 Damen Bell-Holter [Oral Roberts, Ketchikan High]
1,341 Mario Chalmers [Kansas, Bartlett High]
1,337 Andre Laws [San Diego, East High]
1,227 Jason Erickson [Montana State, Chugiak High]
*1,003 Damon Sherman-Newsome [Colgate, Bartlett High]

2,033 Kelsey Griffin [Nebraska, Chugiak High]
1,766 Jeannie Hebert-Truax [Miami, Monroe Catholic High]
1,664 Talisa Rhea [Seattle, Oregon State, Juneau-Douglas High]
1,596 Andrea Lloyd [Texas, Juneau-Douglas High]
1,519 Brit Jacobson [Kansas State, Chugiak High]
1,374 Molly Tuter [Arizona State, Soldotna High]
1,346 Chandice Cronk [Santa Clara, Wasilla High]
1,233 Jessica Moore [Connecticut, Colony High]
1,149 Natalie Jones [Arizona, East High]
1,073 Letricia Castillo [Air Force, Bartlett High]