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UAA adds former D-I football player to hoops roster

By Jake Edmonds 4:28 PM June 27, 2014
ANCHORAGE –

The University of Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team has landed a Division I transfer of a different sort as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Friday that former Utah multi-sport prep star Travis Parrish has signed a scholarship agreement with the Seawolves.

Parrish, a 6-foot 3-inch, 220-pounder from Bountiful, Utah, spent his first two collegiate campaigns as a football player at Division I Utah State, including a redshirt season 2012. Transitioning to the court, Parrish brings three years of eligibility and the ability to play multiple positions.

“He is a huge addition. Coming in as a sophomore, Travis will add not only talent, but class balance to our program,” said Osborne, who begins his 11th season at the Seawolf helm in 2014-15. “He is a strong, high-level athlete, having played linebacker at Utah State. In high school, he was not only all-state in basketball and football, but ran the 400 meters in under 50 seconds. He is big and strong enough to battle taller opponents, but also has the basketball skills and savvy to play in the backcourt, including some point guard. He is a winner, whose passion and competitiveness will be fun for our fans to watch and should help raise the competitiveness of his teammates.”

As a high senior at Bountiful High School in 2008-09, Parrish averaged 10.9 points per game and led the Braves to the Class 4A state semifinals for the second straight season. As a junior, he helped BHS within one basket of the state title. On the gridiron, he was the 2008 Region 5 Defensive MVP, registering 68 tackles, six sacks and five interceptions in 11 games.

Between high school and college, Parrish served a two-year Mormon Mission in Malaysia from 2009-11.

“Despite not playing competitively since his senior season, we expect Travis to make a smooth transition back to basketball,” Osborne noted. “He has worked hard the last six months to get ready for fall practice, and I am confident he will be ready to contribute at a high level in November. We look forward to coaching him the next three years.”

Parrish becomes the sixth newcomer to join UAA’s 2014 recruiting class, along with fellow transfers Derrick Fain (G, 6-4/175, Dallas, Texas/Forney HS/The Master’s Coll.) and Dom Hunter (G, 6-0/180, Tacoma, Wash./Decatur HS/Eastern Arizona Coll.) 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.).

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