ANCHORAGE – With this year’s season just under way, the Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball team has already landed a big in-state commitment for 2018-19 as head coach Rusty Osborne announced Monday that Tobin Karlberg has signed a National Letter of Intent with the Seawolves.
The reigning Class 3A Player of the Year, Karlberg averaged 23.8 points, four rebounds, four assists and four steals from his point guard position in 2016-17, leading Grace Christian to a 21-6 record and its first state title in 16 years. He shot 62 percent as a junior, including 48 percent from the three-point arc.
“We are excited that Tobin has chosen to join the Seawolf family,” said Osborne, now in his 14th year at the helm. “He is not only an outstanding player, he is a tremendously mature young man with excellent leadership qualities. Tobin has had great role models and mentorship from both his family and the coaching staff at Grace. Coach (Jason) Boerger has done a great job with Tobin, and I know they are excited for his senior year.”
Karlberg was the No. 2 scorer (16.3 ppg) and steals leader (2.3 spg) at the 2017 ASAA 3A State Tournament, shooting 52 percent overall (14 of 27) and 86 percent (12 of 14) on free throws. He was at his best in a 34-33 title-game upset of top-ranked and unbeaten Monroe Catholic, scoring 17 points on 8-of-11 shooting, along with two assists and three steals, while playing the entire 32 minutes.
“We feel Tobin has the ability to play both point and shooting guard in the future” Osborne added. “He has the IQ and leadership ability to play point, but he also possesses the shooting and scoring ability needed from a 2-guard. In addition, he has worked hard to develop his body physically and should have little trouble transitioning to the college level. With Tobin and the young guards we currently have, we feel great about our backcourt for the next four to five years.”
Karlberg’s signing continues a tradition of 3A Players of the Year who went on to play for the Seawolves during Osborne’s tenure, including Lonnie Ridgeway (Heritage Christian), All-American forward Carl Arts (Valdez), Second Team All-GNAC guard Kyle Fossman (Haines), Christian Leckband (Nome) and Augustus Simmers (Anchorage Christian).