Wyoming Basketball Signs Sweden’s Alexander Aka Gorski to National Letter of Intent
LARAMIE, Wyo. (May 2, 2014) – Cowboy head coach Larry Shyatt continued to add pieces to the 2014-15 University of Wyoming men’s basketball roster Friday, when he announced that Alexander Aka Gorski of Lund, Sweden, has signed a National Letter of Intent. The 6-5, 210-pound shooting guard will have four years of eligibility with the Pokes.
“The addition of Alex provides us with a well-coached deep shooter that we continue to need as our program moves forward in the Mountain West,” Shyatt said. “We were impressed with Alex’s maturity on the court and basketball intellect, which he developed during his experience with the Swedish national team and the great success Sunrise Christian has had. After going to Kansas to evaluate him three times and having him and his mother, Shadia, visit Laramie, our players and staff were convinced that he can help us a great deal in the immediate future and during his career here. Associate head coach Scott Duncan did a great job familiarizing Alex and his mother with our program during the recruiting process.”
Aka Gorski (pronounced AAH-ka GORE-ski) spent the 2013-14 season on the prep team at Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., under the guidance of coach Luke Barnwell. From the point, he averaged more than 14 points, four assists and four rebounds per game, while shooting 44 percent from beyond the arc. Aka Gorski and the Buffaloes tallied a 22-7 record against junior colleges and other prep schools and ended the season on a 15-game winning streak. Sunrise Christian Academy, which includes high school varsity and junior varsity teams, has had a total of seven other students sign NLIs with NCAA Division I programs this year, including Michigan State, Arizona, Wichita State, Ole Miss and Colorado State.
A native of Sweden, Aka Gorski was born and raised in Lund and played for the Uppsala club team. He also played in more than 45 games for the Swedish national team at several levels. During the summer of 2013, he competed for the Swedish under-20 team at the European National Championships, while playing for the under-18 team in the summer of 2012 at the same event. With the U18 team, he was the leading scorer, averaging more than 15 points, five rebounds and two assists per game.
He is the son of Shadia Aka and Piotr Gorski. The 19-year old has one older brother, Sabastian, and two younger brothers, Adrian and Oliver. He also visited St. Joseph’s and Loyola Marymount on recruiting trips.