One of the more highly-anticipated debuts for the Wyoming men’s basketball team came Wednesday night when true freshman guard Alexander Aka Gorski saw his first playing time since he fractured the tip of his finger on his left and non-shooting hand in preseason practice.
Despite a large splint on that middle finger, Aka Gorski played eight minutes and finished with four points three rebounds and two turnovers. His lone basket was a 3-pointer.
“It was just nice to get out there in front of the crowd, make my first bucket and be part of the team,” Aka Gorski said. “It’s hard to grab the ball (with the split) and bounce the ball with my left hand, but it didn’t hurt too bad tonight so I’m really excited moving forward, now.”
Aka Gorski, who turns 20 on Dec. 5, is from Lund, Sweden and played last season for Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kansas. He’s also played 45 games for the Swedish national team at several levels. At Sunrise Academy, he averaged 14 points, four rebounds and four assists per game playing point guard. Aka Gorski also shot 44 percent from 3-point range.
At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, Aka Gorski gives UW what it has needed for a while — a big wing player. That size should help the Cowboys (5-0) in their next game when they host New Mexico State (3-3) at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium. New Mexico State averages close to 40 rebounds per game, and had 62 in an 88-68 win over Stetson earlier in the week.
“He’s a smart player, is a good shooter, makes the right passes and knows where to be,” UW senior forward Larry Nance Jr. said. “He played a lot older than he is, and we appreciate that for sure.”
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