Posts Tagged: Basketball

Hebard reaches WNBA Finals, next Alaskan to play for pro title

October 8, 2021

Ruthy Hebard’s got next. The 23-year-old professional basketball player from Fairbanks is up next in a long line of Alaskans who have played for a major league sports championship over the last 30 years. The second-year forward is headed to the WNBA Finals with the Chicago Sky, who will face the Phoenix Mercury in the… Read more »

Hoops standout Gatkuoth named Alaska Athlete of the Week

August 30, 2021

Anchorage basketball star Mareng Gatkuoth  was named Alaska Athlete of the Week after being selected to the 12-man squad to represent South Sudan at the FIBA Africa Championships. The 21-year-old sophomore at Montana State University is one of only four college players on the team that will compete in the tournament starting tomorrow in Rwanda’s capital city… Read more »

Gatkuoth plays significant role, helps South Sudan reach Elite 8

August 29, 2021

The South Sudan Basketball Federation is headed to the quarterfinals of the FIBA Africa Championships. And Anchorage’s Mareng Gatkuoth played a pivotal part in making that happen. The 21-year-old guard logged key minutes down the stretch and delivered several big plays in the second half as the South Sudanese eked out an 88-86 win over… Read more »

Gatkuoth joins South Sudan squad for FIBA Africa tournament

August 24, 2021

Anchorage basketball star Mareng Gatkuoth will help South Sudan usher in a new era at the FIBA Africa Championships. Ten years after the country gained its independence, the South Sudanese have punched their ticket to FIBA Africa for the first time and Gatkuoth will be part of the history in Rwanda. The 21-year-old sophomore at… Read more »

Jessup shines in summer league w/ Warriors, training camp next

August 21, 2021

A year down under has Nome’s Justinian Jessup on the come up. The 23-year-old basketball star used a solid rookie season in Australia to build momentum that he carried over to the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, where he started all five games with the Golden State Warriors. Jessup averaged 12.4 points per game… Read more »

Chalmers passes Boozer as Alaska’s all-time BIG3 scorer

August 15, 2021

Anchorage’s Mario Chalmers has always been a closer, so you just knew he would finish strong in the BIG3. The 35-year-old guard showcased his trademark skills down the stretch of the summer season to become Alaska’s all-time leading scorer in the celebrated 3-on-3 pro league. He poured in 16 points in the season finale with… Read more »

Thor has double digits, emphatic block in NBA Summer League

August 14, 2021

With a 7-foot-3 reach, Anchorage’s JT Thor has one of the longest wingspans at the NBA Summer League. Don’t test him at the rim. Danalo Banton found out the hard way. The 6-foot-10 Thor rejected the 6-9 Banton’s dunk attempt in a high-flying highlight late in the fourth quarter of an NBA Summer League game… Read more »

Thor, Nix have fabulous first games in NBA Summer League

August 11, 2021

Anchorage’s JT Thor and Daishen Nix got their first taste of the NBA Summer League. With plenty to prove, both Alaskans stuffed the stat sheet with fabulous first games in Las Vegas. Thor – a second-round draft pick – came off the bench to play 12 minutes with the Charlotte Hornets and collected five points,… Read more »

Thor selected 37th overall as latest NBA Draft pick from Alaska

July 29, 2021

Rage City is on it’s way back to the NBA. Anchorage’s JT Thor became the seventh Alaskan to be selected in the NBA Draft after he was picked 37th overall in the second round by the Charlotte Bobcats. The 18-year-old rising star didn’t get his DVR-ready draft moment, however, as ESPN did not show the… Read more »

Alaskans on collision course in $1 million winner-take-all event

July 24, 2021

Anchorage’s Jalil Abdul-Bassit and Derrick Wilson are on a collision course to face off in the quarterfinals of The Basketball Tournament, which has a winner-take-all $1 million grand prize. Both players saw their teams win first-round games in the Illinois Regional. Now they need to win Monday and again in Wednesday’s sweet 16 to advance… Read more »