After enjoying a 24-1 record and a state championship last season at Seaside High School, it’s been a complete reversal for Jackson Januik this year, as far as wins and losses on the basketball floor.
In his freshman season at George Fox University, Januik is excelling on the court and in the classroom, but the Bruins are struggling to find wins.
George Fox is currently 5-12 overall, 1-7 in the Northwest Conference. The Bruins lost their sixth in a row Jan. 20, an 81-78 defeat at Lewis & Clark College.
Meanwhile, Januik has started eight of 17 games this season, and is currently averaging 4.4 points and a team-leading 3.6 assists per game. His average playing time is 24.4 minutes per game.
In the classroom, Januik earned dean’s list recognition for the fall 2017 semester. Januik is a freshman majoring in health and human performance.
Utti scoring at Fresno State
Thrust into a larger role just three games into her freshman season, Seaside’s Maddi Utti has thrived as a starter in her first season in Fresno State. After increased minutes in the fourth game, she has started every game since, posting double-figure scoring performances in nine games. Undersized as a post, Utti has used her athletic ability to rank second on the team in scoring (9.4) and rebounding (5.9).
Utti ranks fourth in scoring among freshmen in the conference and first in rebounding. Her 57.0 percent shooting percent is second overall in the league. During the nonconference season, Utti posted double-doubles versus Texas State and Pacific. Prior to this season, there were 17 double-doubles by freshman in Bulldog history.
Utti is the also first Fresno State freshman to score double figures in six straight games (Nov. 24-Dec. 10) since Jaleesa Ross in 2008.