ANCHORAGE – Junior Travis Thompson was chosen the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team’s Most Valuable Player and senior Kyle Fossman took home a pair of awards Friday as the Seawolves honored the 2013-14 squad at their year-end banquet at the UAA Gorsuch Commons.
Thompson, a 6-1, 195-pound guard, was a First Team All-Great Northwest Athletic Conference and NABC Second Team All-West Region selection after ranking second in the GNAC and 25th in NCAA Div. II with 21.3 points per game. The local Dimond High School product also produced top-40 national ranks in three-pointers per game (6th, 3.6), free-throw percentage (19th, .892) and three-point percentage (36th, .421), while helping UAA lead the nation as a team in fewest turnovers and best assist-turnover ratio. Thompson scored double figures in 28 of 30 games – including six 30-plus efforts – to rise to 10th place on UAA’s career scoring list after just three seasons. Among his other honors, Thompson made the GNAC All-Academic Team with a 3.44 overall GPA in civil engineering.
Meanwhile, Fossman was honored with the Most Inspirational and Jim Hajdukovich awards. As the team’s only 4th-year senior, the 6-foot, 180-pound guard averaged 17.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, while shooting 44.8 percent from three-point range and 83.3 percent on free throws. As an All-GNAC Honorable mention pick, he broke the UAA and GNAC single-game (12) and season (113) records for most three-pointers, along with UAA’s career three-pointers mark (257). The Haines native earned the Hajdukovich award – presented to the player who best displays physical toughness, endurance and court awareness – for the second straight year, logging more than 35 minutes per game as both a junior and senior. He also joined Thompson on the GNAC All-Academic Team.
The team’s other senior, guard/forward Colton Lauwers, received the Most Improved Player award. Another Dimond High School grad, the 6-3, 215-pounder was the team’s fifth-leading scorer with 7.0 points per game and third-leading rebounder with 3.9 boards per contest. After moving into the starting lineup late in the season, Lauwers finished second in the GNAC with his 3.2-to-1 assist-turnover ratio, while playing every position on the floor.
Junior wing Teancum Stafford received a pair of honors, garnering the Bob Zundel Rebounders award – for the player who best displays the qualities of sportsmanship and leadership toward teammates, coaches, referees, opponents, media and fans – and the Academic Achievement award. The 6-5, 205-pound Auburn, Wash., native averaged 13.0 points and a team-best 7.0 rebounds per game as he became just the third player in Seawolf program history to earn CoSIDA/Capital One Academic All-America honors. The Snow (Utah) College transfer completed his first three semesters at UAA with a 4.0 grade-point average and will graduate next month with his degree in psychology.
Junior guard Boomer Blossom received the Best Defensive Player award. The 6-2, 185-pound guard from Soldotna provided a boost off the bench in 24 games, averaging 2.4 points and 1.7 rebounds. After transferring back to UAA following a year at Minnesota State Community & Technical College, Blossom posted an amazing assist-turnover ratio of 27-to-1, finishing the season with 20 straight errorless games.
The MVP, Most Improved, Best Defensive and Most Inspirational awards were determined by a team vote.