What a week it’s been for University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) basketball player Sekou “Suki” Wiggs. The senior guard from Seattle earned the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s (USBWA) National Player of the Week award for NCAA Division II, after his performance in home victories over nationally ranked Western Washington University (WWU) Vikings and Simon Fraser University’s Clan.
The 6 foot 4 inch tall guard totaled 66 points on just 32 field-goal attempts, as Wiggs shot 7 of 13 from long range, and 19 of 23 at the free-throw line, along with 11 rebounds and six assists as UAA extended its winning streak to six games and moved into a first-place tie with WWU.
Wiggs scored 32 points in Thursday’s 87-79 victory over the 13th-ranked Vikings (12-17 FG, 2-4 3FG) in 32 minutes and committed just one turnover to help Seawolves to their first win over a ranked team this year. He followed with 34 points in 30 minutes, and a team high of seven boards in Saturday’s 73-45 victory over the Clan. He also contributed to a record-setting defensive effort that held Simon Fraser to 13 first-half points – the Seawolves’ stingiest first half in 16 years of GNAC play.
With four straight 30-plus scoring efforts, Wiggs has now broken seven school records this year alone, following a junior season that ended with DII College Coaches Association Third-Team All-America and Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) Newcomer of the Year honors. The University of Idaho transfer leads the GNAC and ranks fourth nationally with 24.7 points per game, on pace to become the Seawolves’ career scoring average leader as well.
This marks the first USBWA national weekly honor for a Seawolves player since the formation of the GNAC in 2001-02 season.