The University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team added more experience and another sharpshooter to its 2014-15 lineup as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Tuesday that Texas native Derrick Fain will transfer to UAA for his final season.
A 6-foot 4-inch, 175-pound guard, Fain played the last two seasons at NAIA program The Master’s College in Santa Clarita, Cailf., where he helped his team to a combined 35-26 overall record. As a junior last year he averaged a team-high 12.2 points per game, shooting 38 percent from three-point range and 86 percent at the free throw line. Among his top games in 2013-14, Fain poured in 23 points in a 71-70 win over NCAA Division II playoff qualifier Cal Poly Pomona and 30 points in an exhibition victory over UAA.
“Derrick is a very significant addition to our lineup,” said Osborne, who will now have four seniors (Fain, Boomer Blossom, Brad Mears and Travis Thompson) on this year’s squad. “He fits perfectly both on and off the floor, and I am excited to coach him his senior year. He is an elite shooter and dynamic scorer with the ability to drive the ball also. Defensively, his size and length will help us match up much better against the bigger wings in our conference. He has been well coached by Coach (Chuck) Martin and understands what we want to accomplish on both ends of the floor.”
As a sophomore in 2012-13, the Dallas native averaged 11.3 ppg in 18 starting assignments for the Mustangs, including a 26-point outing against Cal Poly Pomona.
“Derrick is very excited about joining the Seawolf family, and his experience playing at a high level will be very valuable as he has proven himself against the best NAIA and Division II teams on the West Coast,” Osborne added. “The top of the GSAC conference (with NAIA national champion Vanguard) is very comparable to the GNAC, so we expect Derrick will be one of the better wings in our league. With Derrick, our returners, and other additions – including a few we have not announced – we are very comfortable with the quality depth we have established in our backcourt.”
Fain played his freshman season at Kilgore (Texas) College, following a standout prep career at Forney High School. A two-year starter at Forney, he averaged 19.2 ppg and 5.9 rebounds per game as a senior, earning First Team All-District 10 honors.
Fain becomes the fifth newcomer to join UAA’s 2014 recruiting class, along with junior college transfer Dom Hunter (G, 6-0/180, Tacoma, Wash./Decatur HS/Eastern Arizona) and incoming freshmen Sjur Berg (F, 6-7/225, Nesoddtangen, Norway), Damien Fulp (G, 6-1/160, Palmer/Colony HS) and Brian Pearson (F, 6-9/225, Elko, Nev.).