Several PLNU alumni have recently signed professional sports contracts. From men’s basketball, Kaden Anderson signed with Rasta Vechta and Brock Mackenzie with Phoenix Hagen, both in Germany. Baseball’s Cole Hillier signed a professional contract with the San Francisco Giants. Women’s basketball’s Haylee Saurette signed with the Cardiff Met Archers in the Women’s British Basketball League.

Kaden Anderson (23)

In 2022-23, Kaden Anderson averaged 22.7 points per game (ppg), ranking ninth in NCAA Division II in ppg and fifth in points, while also pulling down 8.9 rebounds per game. The three-time All-American became just the second player ever to earn three-straight PacWest Player of the Year awards in men’s basketball, before adding PacWest Tournament Most Outstanding Player and PacWest Male Athlete of the Year recognition. The D2CCA West Region Player of the Year was also a finalist for two national honors in 2022-23 – NABC DII Player of the Year and the Small College Basketball Bevo Francis Award.

Anderson became the all-time leading scorer in PacWest history this past season, finishing his storied Sea Lions career with 2,047 points, which ranks third all-time in Point Loma history. He also ranks fourth in program history in blocks (119), sixth in 3-point % (.418), eighth in rebounds (882) and 10th in 3-pointers made (168).

During his time at PLNU, Anderson won three PacWest regular season titles and three PacWest Tournaments. The Sea Lions qualified for the NCAA West Regional in all five years, including a national championship appearance in 2018-19 and a Sweet 16 berth this past season.

Brock Mackenzie

Brock Mackenzie spent four seasons at PLNU before playing his final season of collegiate eligibility at NCAA Division I Idaho State this past year.

As a Sea Lion, he averaged 10.7 points per game, averaging double-digit points in each of his final three seasons, during which he started every game possible. He earned All-PacWest honors in each of his last two campaigns, including in 2020-21 when he averaged a career-high 18.3 ppg as a junior. Mackenzie shot 38.8% from behind the arc, finishing his Sea Lions career ranked sixth in program history in 3-pointers made (194).

The 6-foot-2 guard was a member of PLNU’s 2018-19 team that reached the NCAA Division II national championship game. He also won two PacWest regular season championships and two conference tournament titles as a Sea Lion. In 2019-20, he was named Most Outstanding Player at the PacWest Championships after leading PLNU to a second-straight conference tournament title. In the championship game, he scored a career-high 34 points, hitting nine 3-pointers, including the game-winner at the buzzer in overtime.

This past season at Idaho State, he averaged 13.5 ppg on 40.8% shooting from deep to earn All-Big Sky Conference Honorable Mention honors.

Cole Hillier (23)

Cole Hillier left PLNU with 26 career saves, seven more than the next closest Sea Lion, after a dominant career at the backend of Point Loma’s bullpen. In 2022, he led NCAA Division II in saves (17), shattering the previous PLNU single-season record of 13, while compiling a 2.25 ERA on his way to earning ABCA and NCBWA All-American honors.

He followed that up with an even better 2023, lowering his ERA to 2.20. He also added five wins and nine saves, with six of those saves coming over multiple innings, to receive Second Team All-West Region recognition from the D2CCA, NCBWA, and ABCA. Across his 54 career appearances, he struck out 108 batters in 83.1 innings, limiting opposing batters to a miniscule .198 batting average.

The past two seasons, Hillier earned First Team All-PacWest honors and was an integral part of back-to-back conference championship teams that made consecutive NCAA West Regional appearances, including in 2022 when the Sea Lions finished as national runner-up.

Not only was Hillier electric on the mound, but he also achieved at a high level off the field, as he was named PacWest Baseball Scholar-Athlete of the Year and voted to the CSC Academic All-America® Second Team this year. He was also selected as PLNU’s recipient of the Carroll B. Land Leadership Award this spring.

Hillier is the fourth Sea Lion to sign professionally since 2019, joining Micah Pries, Otto Kemp and Zachary Veen.

Haylee Saurette (23)

In 2022-23, Saurette led Point Loma in scoring (14.4 points per game) and rebounding (7.7 rebounds per game), marking the third-straight season she averaged double-digit scoring and over seven rebounds per game.

Her performances earned her Second Team All-PacWest honors during a year in which she joined the “1,000 Point Club” for her Sea Lions career.

“She has added so much to her game and her ability to score in multiple ways is going to make her unstoppable at the next level,” Charity Elliott, head women’s basketball coach, said. “Plus, her basketball IQ will help her tremendously with whatever she faces on the floor.”

Saurette showcased a knack for coming up in the clutch, scoring the go-ahead basket against Concordia on Feb. 11 with 7.4 seconds remaining in a 56-55 win. She then made two game-tying reverse layups in the final 13 seconds of regulation in the first round of the PacWest Championships against Biola on March 2. The second one came with just 0.9 on the clock, sending the game to overtime, with PLNU eventually winning 67-61. That postseason performance came after the forward saved one of her best performances of the season for her final home game inside Golden Gymnasium, scoring a season-high 27 points to earn herself PacWest Player of the Week honors.

Saurette finished her Sea Lions career ranked eighth in program history in rebounds (790) and 10th in 3-pointers made (143).

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