NANOOK CORNER: Former Monroe Catholic Standout returns to Fairbanks to play Basketball for UAF

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska - For this week's edition of Nanook Corner, we're going to talk to Jalon McCullough, a former Basketball Standout at Monroe Catholic who has returned to play ball for the Alaska Nanooks.
We will have another Home-Grown Athlete looking to make an impact for the Alaska Nanooks this year. Jalon McCollough has returned to Fairbanks after spending the last two years at Peninsula College.
Jalon McCullough; Guard - Nanook Basketball>>: "I spent my two years at a Junior College, Peninsula College. First year there I redshirted, the next year I played and ended up having a real good season. I was freshman of the year. First team All-Conference. I was able to take my team to the Semi-Finals, I think it was. And we ended up having a good two years, but now I'm back and glad to be a Nanook here in Fairbanks."
While that may seem like a lot to walk away from, Jalon decided that Fairbanks was the right place for him.
Jalon McCullough; Guard - Nanook Basketball>>: "It kind of just happened. It kind of like, this is the place for me. We had a very successful Blue vs Gold game, and we're looking forward to getting the season started in our preseason game against UNLV on Friday."
The Former Monroe Catholic Standout got his first taste of what it's like to be on the University Basketball Team in last weekends Blue vs Gold Scrimmage. Though it wasn't an official game, McCollough was able to play on the Alaska Airlines Court for the first time.
Jalon McCullough; Guard - Nanook Basketball>>: "I mean, when I was younger I used to come to these games all the time and just kind of picture myself playing in this game. Before we ran out there I was just kind of like 'Wow, the time is here'. And I just went out there and let my game flow and had fun. We're looking forward to getting started, we're excited. We've been practicing here since September first. So we're getting a little excited to get going."
Jalon has won wherever he has gone. Whether it was the threepeat as a state champion for Monroe or leading the Peninsula Pirates to a 19-9 record and a spot in the Elite 8, he has had an extremely successful career. Now he will join the team he grew up watching and will be looking to do what he does best.
Jalon McCullough; Guard - Nanook Basketball>>: "Winning, that's been my base line. I won three times in High School. Three time state Championship. Just winning here, I know behind me we got a whole bunch of success here in the guys behind me. And I know we have the guys to do it, we have the coaches to do it, we're confident that we can get the job done."