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UAA looking globally to build men’s basketball program

By Dave Goldman Photojournalist: John Thompson - 9:18 AM June 5, 2017

The University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves men’s basketball team already has an international roster, with two players from Australia — sophomore Curtis Ryan and freshman Brennan Rymer — and one from Norway, Sjur Berg.

UAA’s coaching staff is always looking to expand its talent pool on a global level. Soon, they may need another foreign flag for the collection. At their recent Elite Basketball Camp, high school senior Adam Asgeirsson showed up from Iceland.

“It’s kind of like Iceland.” Asgeirsson said, referring to Alaska.

Coaches are always on the lookout.

“I know the national coach in Iceland,” said UAA assistant coach Cameron Turner. “I was talking to him the other day. (I) told him we had this camp. He recommended Adam and he talked to his parents. They looked up flights, thought they were reasonably priced and here he is.”

What impresses Turner is that that Adam has already faced older competition playing in men’s leagues. The pace is quicker. Of course, a high school senior flying seven hours just days before a camp starts is not the norm. And as a 6-foot 3-inch guard, it’s possible Adam could find himself in a Seawolf uniform one day.

“We’ll just pay attention to him and we’ll see what our needs will be next season.” said Turner.

He enjoyed the strategic tutoring provided by Head Coach Rusty Osborne and the staff but Asgeirsson will have to brush up on the college game. In Iceland there are only club teams.

“I watch more NBA. I don’t watch a lot of college basketball,” said Asgeirsson.

That could soon change.

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