64-man bracket: Picking Alaska’s greatest NCAA D1 hoops player

April 19, 2020

During the COVID-19 outbreak Alaska Sports Blog editor Van Williams will take the opportunity to take a retrospective look at Alaska sports.

Big guards, small forwards and 7-footers. Bombers and bangers. All-Americans, all-conference picks and national champions.

The Last Frontier produces all types of college basketball players.

As the only state in the country without a NCAA D1 hoops program, Alaska is often ignored by the rest of the nation. Players are overlooked and dismissed before they even hit the hardwood.

Truth is, Alaskans have left an indelible mark on the game.

It all started with Wally Leask. The man from Metlakatla became the first Alaskan to play NCAA D1 basketball in 1940.

Since then, we’ve seen roughly 70 Alaskans follow in his footsteps.

Household names like Muff, Trajan, Carlos and Mario are no doubt the biggest stars, but in reality, everyone who makes it out of Alaska to play D1 basketball is the real deal.

But who is considered Alaska’s Greatest D1 Men’s Basketball Player?

Van Williams

Alaska Sports Blog editor Van Williams set out to answer that question by putting together a 64-player bracket comprised of the very best Alaska D1 players who went to high school in the state.

Williams, of East High fame, has covered Alaska basketball for 30 years and his experience and extensive player research determined who made the list and where they were seeded 1 to 16.

This is a legacy assessment. Who stands the test of time?

The Bracket

The Players

Trajan Langdon

1 Trajan Langdon
Height 6-3
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Duke 1994-1999
Games 136
Points 1974
Rebounds 389
Assists 255
Steals 120
Blocked Shots 25
3-pointers 342

Mario Chalmers

1 Mario Chalmers
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Kansas 2005-2008
Games 110
Points 1341
Rebounds 309
Assists 420
Steals 283
Blocked Shots 44
3-Pointers 180

 

Carlos Boozer

1 Carlos Boozer
Height 6-9
Hometown Juneau (Juneau-Douglas)
College Duke 1999-2002
Games 101
Points 1506
Rebounds 724
Assists 115
Steals 96
Blocked Shots 72
3-Pointers 0

 

Damen Bell-Holter

1 Damen Bell-Holter
Height 6-9
Hometown Hydaburg (Ketchikan)
College Oral Roberts 2009-2013
Games 132
Points 1389
Rebounds 878
Assists 143
Steals 51
Blocked Shots 139
3-Pointers 26

 

Kyle Bailey

2 Kyle Bailey
Height 6-2
Hometown Fairbanks (Lathrop)
College Santa Clara 2000-2005
Games 127
Points 1571
Rebounds 513
Assists 452
Steals 166
Blocked Shots 16
3-Pointers 225

 

Chris Devine

2 Chris Devine
Height 6-8
Hometown Eagle River (Chugiak)
College Santa Barbara 2005-2009
Games 119
Points 1607
Rebounds 722
Assists 161
Steals 130
Blocked Shots 40
3-Pointers 23

 

Nick Billings

2 Nick Billings
Height 7-0
Hometown Kodiak (Kodiak)
College Binghamton 2001-2005
Games 107
Points 868
Rebounds 598
Assists 47
Steals 58
Blocked Shots 336
3-Pointers 1

 

Jason Erickson

2 Jason Erickson
Height 6-3
Hometown Eagle River (Chugiak)
College Montana State 2000-2004
Games 112
Points 1227
Rebounds 233
Assists 299
Steals 162
Blocked Shots 23
3-Pointers 157

Devon Bookert

3 Devon Bookert
Height 6-3
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College Florida State 2012-2016
Games 131
Points 1120
Rebounds 368
Assists 347
Steals 139
Blocked Shots 12
3-Pointers 188

Andre Laws

3 Andre Laws
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College San Diego 1998-2002
Games 114
Points 1337
Rebounds 322
Assists 246
Steals 144
Blocked Shots 13
3-Pointers 139

Muff Butler

3 Muff Butler
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College New Orleans 1981-1983
Games 56
Points 681
Rebounds 115
Assists 240
Steals 90
Blocked Shots 27
3-Pointers 0

 

Doron Perkins

3 Doron Perkins
Height 6-3
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Santa Clara 2003-2005
Games 63
Points 904
Rebounds 326
Assists 181
Steals 137
Blocked Shots 30
3-Pointers 95

 

Tony Reed

4 Tony Reed
Height 6-2
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Montana 1984-1989
Games 120
Points 938
Rebounds 269
Assists 339
Steals 69
Blocked Shots 19
3-Pointers 4

Jumoke Horton

4 Jumoke Horton
Height 6-9
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Sant Mary’s 1992-1996
Games 109
Points 987
Rebounds 554
Assists 42
Steals 44
Blocked Shots 82
3-Pointers 0

Colter Lasher

4 Colter Lasher
Height 6-7
Hometown Anchorage (Dimond)
College Houston Baptist 2013-2017
Games 117
Points 1246
Rebounds 457
Assists 214
Steals 90
Blocked Shots 40
3-Pointers 139

Roderick Wilmont

4 Roderick Wilmont
Height 6-4
Hometown Sitka (Sitka)
College Indiana 2003-2007
Games 118
Points 866
Rebounds 444
Assists 69
Steals 97
Blocked Shots 23
3-Pointers 150

John Levitt

5 John Levitt
Height 6-5
Hometown Juneau (Juneau-Douglas)
College Saint Mary’s 1989-1993
Games 109
Points 831
Rebounds 361
Assists 132
Steals 56
Blocked Shots 15
3-Pointers 166

Damon Newsome

5 Damon Sherman Newsome
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Colgate 2012-2015
Games 96
Points 1030
Rebounds 291
Assists 147
Steals 49
Blocked Shots 18
3-Pointers 140

 

Will Egolf

5 Will Egolf
Height 6-9
Hometown Juneau (Juneau-Douglas)
College Bradley 2007-2013
Games 117
Points 823
Rebounds 468
Assists 67
Steals 81
Blocked Shots 79
3-Pointers 37

 

Larry McBride

5 Larry McBride
Height 6-10
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Montana 1981-1986
Games 105
Points 918
Rebounds 451
Assists 17
Steals 7
Blocked Shots 162
3-Pointers 0

Cameron Rigby

6 Cameron Rigby
Height 6-7
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Bradley & San Diego 1996-2001
Games 113
Points 848
Rebounds 486
Assists 131
Steals 42
Blocked Shots 39
3-Pointers 170

 

Wally Leask

6 Wally Leask
Height 6-0
Hometown Metlakatla (Sheldon Jackson)
College Washington 1940-1943
Games 80
Points 500
Rebounds 200
Assists 200
Steals 50
Blocked Shots 10
3-Pointers 0

 

Marcus Watts

6 Marcus Watts
Height 6-8
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College McNeese St & Fla Gulf Coast 2002-2006
Games 103
Points 751
Rebounds 481
Assists 79
Steals 39
Blocked Shots 31
3-Pointers 0

Jacob Calloway

6 Jacob Calloway
Height 6-8
Hometown Juneau (Thunder Mountain)
College Southern Utah 2016-2019
Games 95
Points 702
Rebounds 353
Assists 86
Steals 46
Blocked Shots 29
3-Pointers 112

 

Derrick Wilson

7 Derrick Wilson
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Marquette 2011-2015
Games 132
Points 400
Rebounds 318
Assists 366
Steals 123
Blocked Shots 14
3-Pointers 11

Kevin Winford

7 Kevin Winford
Height 5-11
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Eastern Washington 2009-2013
Games 113
Points 704
Rebounds 126
Assists 135
Steals 55
Blocked Shots 7
3-Pointers 138

Ramon Harris

7 Ramon Harris
Height 6-7
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College Kentucky 2006-2010
Games 106
Points 358
Rebounds 295
Assists 107
Steals 60
Blocked Shots 28
3-Pointers 20

 

Dane Kuiper

7 Dane Kuiper
Height 6-7
Hometown Wasilla (Wasilla)
College New Mexico 2015-2019
Games 113
Points 568
Rebounds 275
Assists 152
Steals 84
Blocked Shots 28
3-Pointers 93

Chris Toomer

8 Chris Toomer
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College Liberty 1990-1994
Games 114
Points 583
Rebounds 242
Assists 234
Steals 131
Blocked Shots 9
3-Pointers 119

Mark Schweigert

8 Mark Schweigert
Height 6-3
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Southern Utah 1995-1997
Games 48
Points 436
Rebounds 100
Assists 66
Steals 42
Blocked Shots 4
3-Pointers 79

 

Chris Bryant

8 Chris Bryant
Height 6-3
Hometown Metlakatla (Metlakatla)
College Drake 2004-2007
Games 78
Points 550
Rebounds 134
Assists 48
Steals 39
Blocked Shots 4
3-Pointers 120

 

Jalil Abdul-Bassit

8 Jalil Abdul-Bassit
Height 6-4
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Oregon 2013-2015
Games 52
Points 320
Rebounds 70
Assists 29
Steals 25
Blocked Shots 12
3-Pointers 66

 

Jack Hobbs

9 Jack Hobbs
Height 6-7
Hometown Anchorage (South)
College Hartford 2014-2018
Games 111
Points 490
Rebounds 324
Assists 58
Steals 58
Blocked Shots 34
3-Pointers 110

 

Anthony Cousin

9 Anthony Cousin
Height 5-11
Hometown Anchorage (South)
College Illinois State 2010-2013
Games 92
Points 394
Rebounds 121
Assists 168
Steals 46
Blocked Shots 0
3-Pointers 49

 

Jason Kaiser

9 Jason Kaiser
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (Service)
College Weber State 1991-1993
Games 48
Points 299
Rebounds 89
Assists 73
Steals 22
Blocked Shots 12
3-Pointers 39

Jeff Lentfer

9 Jeff Lentfer
Height 6-8
Hometown Anchorage (Service)
College Weber State 1991-1995
Games 105
Points 307
Rebounds 358
Assists 77
Steals 39
Blocked Shots 30
3-Pointers 0

 

Damon Nicholas

10 Damon Nicholas
Height 6-6
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Arkansas State 1994-1996
Games 43
Points 203
Rebounds 189
Assists 18
Steals 21
Blocked Shots 13
3-Pointers 0

Jeremiah Bailey basketball

Jeremiah Bailey

10 Jeremiah Bailey
Height 6-6
Hometown Fairbanks (Monroe)
College Pacific 2018-CURRENT
Games 64
Points 280
Rebounds 187
Assists 25
Steals 33
Blocked Shots 10
3-Pointers 53

Vante Hendrix

10 Vante Hendrix
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College Utah & New Mexico 2018-CURRENT
Games 22
Points 189
Rebounds 79
Assists 28
Steals 21
Blocked Shots 2
3-Pointers 25

Ray Schafer

10 Ray Schafer
Height 7-0
Hometown Wasilla (Wasilla)
College Oregon 2003-2008
Games 80
Points 203
Rebounds 152
Assists 30
Steals 25
Blocked Shots 35
3-Pointers 0

Mao Tosi

11 Mao Tosi
Height 6-6
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Idaho 1997-1998
Games 27
Points 110
Rebounds 149
Assists 31
Steals 14
Blocked Shots 8
3-Pointers 0

Greg Harton

11 Greg Harton
Height 5-8
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Southern Utah 1997-1999
Games 54
Points 174
Rebounds 60
Assists 56
Steals 40
Blocked Shots 3
3-Pointers 43

 

Connor Devine

11 Connor Devine
Height 6-10
Hometown Wasilla (Wasilla)
College South Dakota State 2013-2016
Games 77
Points 160
Rebounds 146
Assists 15
Steals 11
Blocked Shots 55
3-Pointers 0

Ryden Hines

11 Ryden Hines
Height 6-10
Hometown Anchorage (Dimond)
College Iona 2013-2016
Games 77
Points 155
Rebounds 142
Assists 23
Steals 14
Blocked Shots 9
3-Pointers 23

 

Kinzey Reeves

12 Kinzey Reeves
Height 6-11
Hometown Fairbanks (Lathrop)
College Saint Peters 2003-2007
Games 97
Points 157
Rebounds 134
Assists 26
Steals 14
Blocked Shots 37
3-Pointers 21

12 Michael Godfrey
Height 6-11
Hometown Fairbanks (Eielson)
College Grambling 1985-1987
Games 36
Points 169
Rebounds 101
Assists 11
Steals 14
Blocked Shots 14
3-Pointers 0

Bomet Walden

12 Bomet Walden
Height 6-0
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Murray State 1991-1993
Games 50
Points 121
Rebounds 58
Assists 83
Steals 33
Blocked Shots 3
3-Pointers 15

 

Devonaire Doutrive

12 Devonaire Doutrive
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College Arizona 2018-CURRENT
Games 29
Points 106
Rebounds 88
Assists 22
Steals 13
Blocked Shots 2
3-Pointers 10

Kamaka Hepa

13 Kamaka Hepa
Height 6-9
Hometown Utqiagvik (Barrow)
College Texas 2018-CURRENT
Games 49
Points 115
Rebounds 86
Assists 22
Steals 5
Blocked Shots 22
3-Pointers 27

Bryan Anderson

13 Bryan Anderson
Height 6-0
Hometown Anchorage (Dimond)
College Texas State 1989-1990
Games 28
Points 129
Rebounds 38
Assists 28
Steals 15
Blocked Shots 1
3-Pointers 35

 

Jay Lewis

13 Jay Lewis
Height 6-1
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Wichita State 1998-2000
Games 53
Points 122
Rebounds 41
Assists 50
Steals 12
Blocked Shot 1
3-Pointers 29

 

Stefan Falke

13 Stefan Falke
Height 6-6
Hometown Fairbanks (Lathrop)
College Lehigh 1988-1992
Games 56
Points 104
Rebounds 63
Assists 8
Steals 14
Blocked Shots 3
3-Pointers 1

Brandon Huffman

14 Brandon Huffman
Height 6-10
Hometown Anchorage (West)
College North Carolina 2017-CURRENT
Games 70
Points 96
Rebounds 78
Assists 3
Steals 2
Blocked Shots 14
3-Pointers 0

 

John Brown

14 John Brown
Height 6-2
Hometown Ketchikan (Ketchikan)
College Seattle 1968-1969
Games 15
Points 75
Rebounds 50
Assists 20
Steals 10
Blocked Shots 5
3-Pointers 0

 

Bentiu Panoam

14 Bentiu Panoam
Height 6-2
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College North Dakota 2018-CURRENT
Games 35
Points 102
Rebounds 35
Assists 26
Steals 11
Blocked Shots 2
3-Pointers 1

 

Brian Petro

14 Brian Petro
Height 6-4
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Texas State 1986-1988
Games 33
Points 89
Rebounds 30
Assists 24
Steals 12
Blocked Shots 1
3-Pointers 4

 

Donny Judd

15 Donny Judd
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (East)
College Maryland 1993-1995
Games 18
Points 32
Rebounds 11
Assists 3
Steals 2
Blocked Shots 0
3-Pointers 3

 

Kwintin Williams

15 Kwintin Williams
Height 6-7
Hometown Anchorage (South)
College Connecticut 2017-2019
Games 25
Points 32
Rebounds 45
Assists 2
Steals 2
Blocked Shots 0
3-Pointers 0

Doug Hardy

15 Doug Hardy
Height 5-10
Hometown Anchorage (Bartlett)
College Idaho State 2004-2006
Games 37
Points 80
Rebounds 23
Assists 28
Steals 26
Blocked Shots 1
3-Pointers 9

 

CJ Hooker

15 CJ Hooker
Height 6-3
Hometown Palmer (Palmer)
College North Carolina 2003-2005
Games 34
Points 22
Rebounds 19
Assists 5
Steals 4
Blocked Shots 1
3-Pointers 0

 

Cole Magner

16 Cole Magner
Height 6-2
Hometown Palmer (Colony)
College Bowling Green 2002-2004
Games 20
Points 59
Rebounds 33
Assists 23
Steals 24
Blocked Shots 2
3-Pointers 14

 

Tommy Hobbs

16 Tommy Hobbs
Height 6-5
Hometown Anchorage (South)
College New Orleans 2012-2014
Games 15
Points 40
Rebounds 22
Assists 2
Steals 4
Blocked Shots 2
3-Pointers 4

Mike Dunlap

16 Mike Dunlap
Height 5-10
Hometown Fairbanks (Lathrop)
College Loyola Marymount 1978-1980
Games 21
Points 17
Rebounds 9
Assists 15
Steals 2
Blocked Shots 0

Gary Wilken

16 Gary Wilken
Height 6-8
Hometown Fairbanks (Lathrop)
College Oregon State 1965-1968
Games 10
Points 10
Rebounds 9
Assists 1
Steals 1
Blocked Shots 1