Monroe’s All-State Point Guard Jase McCullough signs to Peninsula College Basketball
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Jase McCullough fell in love with the game of basketball on the hardwoods of Fairbanks, growing up playing for youth and competitive teams in the area. He moved to Arizona with his mother heading into high school, but he knew in his heart he wanted to be playing on the same courts with the same friends where his love - and skills - developed.
Prior to his junior year, McCullough made the decision to leave the sun and warmth of Arizona, to the dark and cold of Alaska; a decision he would make again in a heartbeat.
“It was worth it, I am blessed that I get to be able to play with my friends I always played with when I was younger,” McCullough said after signing in front of supporters at Monroe. “They accepted me with open arms and showed me what Monroe basketball is all about. It was worthwhile because I came here to win a state championship and we got it done.”
Less than six weeks after cutting down the net and hoisting the Class 3A State Championship trophy, McCullough made his next big decision; signing to Peninsula College in Port Angeles, Washington.
McCullough is the definition of a floor general. His unselfish point guard play, defensive prowess, ability to get to the rim and/or find the open player, would make any (smart) coach feel comfortable handing him the keys to an offense.
“Jase talked about about he’s blessed, [Peninsula College] is very blessed,” said Monroe head coach Frank Ostanik. “Jase is the rare player that you find that makes everybody better. I said back in the fall, ‘somebody is going to get Jase and they will fall in love.’ I know I am very grateful. He has been very impactful for our school, our program and our community.”
During his senior season that culminated with a state championship, McCullough earned the Aurora Conference MVP and was tabbed 1st Team All-State in 3A as one of the best players in Alaska.
He now joins a program who’s alumni feature former University of Alaska Fairbanks and overseas star Brad Oleson and Jase’s brother Jalon, who also won a state championship at Monroe and played guard at UAF. However, that was not the only influence on Jase’s decision.
“We had a great visit there and I think the thing that separated it was the family feel, it reminded me of how it is here at Monroe and that is what really persuaded me to go there.
“He told me a lot about coach [Donald] Rollman and what he does,” Jase added about what his brother Jalon told him about the program. “He told me he used to pick him up at 7 in the morning and go shoot and that was just something I want to be a part of.”
The Pirates compete in the Northwest Athletic Conference (NWAC) and are currently competing in their revised spring season.
McCullough celebrated his signing by scoring a hat trick for Monroe soccer, literally just a few hours later. He is interested in becoming an electrical engineer as he continues his basketball career and education.
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