Williams, Alstrom, Hornbuckle rep Alaska among NWAC all-stars
Jaron Williams of Anchorage was recognized in a big way by the NWAC as the freshman for Spokane was picked Eastern Region Defensive Player of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Defensive Team in addition to being named First Team All-Region.
The 6-foot-4 guard led the league with 3.0 steals per game and anchored the seventh-ranked defense.
He had at least one steal in all 23 games and multiple steals in 19 games. His season high was eight steals, but he had other games with five and six.
Williams, of East High fame, averaged 14.8 points, 3.9 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 23 games.
He scored 20 points or more five times, highlighted by a season-high 25-point performance.
Williams also led the NWAC with a .911 free-throw percentage on 51-of-56 shooting.
Spokane teammate Jamal Alstrom of Sitka joined Williams on the Eastern Region All-Defensive Team.
Alstrom, of Mt. Edgecumbe fame, has played in all 28 games and started 27 of them.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard has averaged 7.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.7 steals per game.
He’s had as many as six steals in a game and three other times he had four.
Spokane is 8-1 when Alstrom reaches double figures.
Daniel Hornbuckle of Fairbanks was named to the Southern Region First Team.
The 6-foot-1 sophomore guard with Portland ranks sixth in the NWAC in scoring at 21.3 points per game.
Hornbuckle, of West Valley High fame, also ranks seventh in the league with 5.0 assists per game.
He’s also averaging 3.8 rebounds and 1.7 steals per game.
But Hornbuckle is known for his scoring. He’s got four games with 30 points or more, including the season-high 34 he hung on Clackamas.
He’s also sank two 35-foot 3-pointers – one to win a game and another to send a game into overtime.