ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne added another versatile and experienced guard to his team’s 2019-20 backcourt, announcing Monday that Tyrus Hosley will transfer to UAA for his final season of eligibility.
A 6-1, 190-pound guard, Hosley played the last two seasons at Northwest Christian University in Eugene, Ore., where he averaged double-figure scoring and posted a career 2-to-1 assist-turnover ratio for the NAIA program.
As a junior last year, the First Team All-Cascade Conference performer dished a team-best 4.1 assists per game and ranked second on his squad in scoring (16.7 ppg), rebounding (5.0 rpg) and steals (1.6 spg), while shooting .475 from the field, .414 on threes and .818 at the foul stripe. He scored double figures in 22 of 23 games, including 30 points on 10-of-19 shooting (5-6 3FGs) against Great Northwest Athletic Conference regular-season champ Saint Martin’s and 17 points (6-12 FG) in just 19 minutes against fellow GNAC contender Northwest Nazarene.
“We are excited that Tyrus has decided to finish his career as a Seawolf,” said Osborne. “He is a strong, talented and versatile guard who has already had high-level success as a first-team all-conference selection his junior year. His ability to play multiple positions while being an elite shooter adds to our backcourt versatility.
“In addition, he is a mature, serious student-athlete with a tremendous work ethic and a burning desire to improve. His maturity will be a huge asset in helping teach his younger teammates how to be successful at this level. With 47 points in two games vs. Saint Martin’s and NNU last year, he has already shown that he can have success against the better teams in the GNAC. Our staff can’t wait to get Tyrus on campus in August and help him reach all his goals.”
Hosley averaged 8.5 points as a key reserve at NCU as a sophomore, and played his freshman season at junior-college power North Idaho College, where he was teammates with fellow UAA senior Niko Bevens.
Originally from Vancouver, Wash., Hosley played three varsity seasons at Evergreen High School, earning First Team All-GSHL and league MVP honors. A football standout as well, he averaged 22.3 points, five rebounds, and six assists per game as a senior on the hardwood.
Hosley becomes the sixth member of UAA’s recruiting class, joining junior-college standouts Keegan Crosby (6-6, 215, G, Seattle, Wash./Nathan Hale HS/North Idaho), Nathan Fromm (6-5, 190, G, Anchorage/Service HS/New Mexico JC), Amari Hale (6-1, 165, G, Portland, Ore./Central Catholic HS/Eastern Arizona), Oggie Pantovic (6-8, 225, F, Kovin, Serbia/Utah State-Eastern) and David Riley (6-8, 235, F, Farmington, N.M./Colorado Northwestern CC).
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