ANCHORAGE – Alaska Anchorage men’s basketball coach Rusty Osborne has added an impact transfer to his 2018-19 lineup, announcing Wednesday that Tyler Brimhall has signed a scholarship agreement to play for the Seawolves.
A 6-5 guard/forward, Brimhall was the second-leading scorer and rebounder for a North Idaho College club that captured the championship of the 33-team Northwest Athletic Conference as a sophomore in 2017-18, averaging 12.9 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. The Logan, Utah, native shot .474 overall, .412 from three-point range and .713 from the foul stripe, scoring double figures 20 times and grabbing double-figure rebounds on four occasions, including a 14-point, 12-rebound effort in the Cardinals’ NWAC Tournament quarterfinals 112-110 win over Everett.
“We are excited to announce Tyler as our first spring signee,” said Osborne, who has led the Seawolves to 13 straight winning seasons. “He meets all the qualities we were looking for to improve our lineup. He is a big wing with a high basketball IQ, who is an excellent shooter, rebounder and high-level defender. He is also tough, a winner, and brings experience playing at a high level. He is versatile enough to play three different positions, which will give us added flexibility.”
Prior to transferring to NIC, Brimhall spent two seasons at NCAA Div. I program Idaho, where he redshirted in 2015-16 and played his freshman season in 2016-17. He appeared in 17 games his rookie year, averaging 2.5 points and posting a high of 13 points on 3-of-5 three-point shooting against Stanford.
Brimhall enjoyed a storied prep career at Logan High School, where he led the Grizzlies to an outright Region 5 championship as a senior, a share of the region title as a freshman and a trip to the 4A state semifinals as a sophomore. As a senior, he was the Herald Journal’s All-Valley Player of the Year after posting a league-high 19.5 points per game – third-best in the state – and setting school records for career points (1,354), career three-pointers (178), season three-pointers (66), and three-pointers in a game (8).
Brimhall joins a pair of Alaska prep stars – Barrow guard Travis Adams and Grace Christian guard Tobin Karlberg, both of whom signed in the fall – to become the third member of the Seawolves’ 2018 recruiting class.
“Like our fall signees, we feel Tyler not only brings physical skills, but intangibles as well,” Osborne added. “All three of our singees have either won or competed for their championships, and Tyler knows how to embrace the little details that contribute to winning. He was well coached at Idaho and continued to make strides this year under Coach (Corey) Symons at North Idaho. We are confident he will represent Seawolf Nation well on the court, in the classroom and in the community.”