Caitlin Pusich, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, signs a letter of intent to go to school and play basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks at JDHS on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Caitlin Pusich, a senior at Juneau-Douglas High School, signs a letter of intent to go to school and play basketball for the University of Alaska Fairbanks at JDHS on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New Nanook: JDHS senior commits to Alaska Fairbanks basketball

Meet the new Nanook.

One of Juneau-Douglas High School’s soon-to-be graduates will be continuing her basketball career in Alaska next season.

Caitlin Pusich, the Crimson Bears’ sharp-shooting guard for the last three seasons, signed a National Letter of Intent with the University of Alaska Fairbanks on Tuesday afternoon in the JDHS commons.

New Nanook: JDHS senior commits to Alaska Fairbanks basketball

“This was just the first step in the journey to play UAF basketball,” Pusich said after the signing. “I’m really excited to see what happens next.”

Pusich averaged 15 points per game this season, leading the Southeast region runner-ups to 16 wins. The three-point marksman was regular on Region V All-Tournament teams, and this season was the only Southeast player on the Class 4A girls all-state team.

The senior said her campus visit this spring sold her on the team.

“When I went up to UAF, we got to go to team dinners, we got to see the facility, run some open gyms,” Pusich said. “It felt like a family, community and all that. That really was the game-changer for me and that’s what I wanted to be a part of.”

New Nanook: JDHS senior commits to Alaska Fairbanks basketball

The Nanooks are coming off a last-place finish in the Great Northwest Athletic Conference. UAF went 4-22 overall, and secured their only GNAC win late in the season against Western Oregon University.


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