ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Anchorage men's basketball team added its latest local talent Monday as head coach Rusty Osborne announced that former Dimond High standout Kylan Osborne has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Seawolves.

The 6-1, 150-pound guard joins fellow Lynx teammate Eric Jenkins and state Gatorade Player of the Year Austin White of Ninilchik as the third Alaskan in this year's recruiting class. A first-team All-Cook Inlet Conference performer as a senior, Kylan will also become the first UAA student-athlete to play with his parent as a head coach.

“Our staff is excited that Kylan has chosen to join our program,” said Rusty Osborne, who is the Seawolves' all-time winningest coach with 250 victories in 13 seasons. “He is the final piece in what we believe is an outstanding freshman class. It can be tough for kids to play for their parents, so I know this was a difficult decision for Kylan. However, as a father, I look forward to being around him every day for the next 4-5 years and helping him reach his goals. Usually kids are moving away from their families at 19, so I feel fortunate to get more time with him. However, this is only happening because our entire staff believes he has great potential to help the program.”

A three-year varsity letterwinner and two-year starter, Kylan Osborne teamed with Jenkins to lead Dimond to a runner-up finish at the 2016 ASAA 4A State Tournament as juniors, before boosting the Lynx to the title in 2017. He averaged 10.2 points, 3.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 3.0 steals as a senior, earning all-tournament honors at the Soldotna Invitational and the Capitol City Classic, plus selection to the postseason AABC All-Star Game.

He also showed a penchant for the dramatic as a prep star, sinking the go-ahead three-pointer with one minute left in the 2017 state title game, then producing a steal and two free throws to clinch it in the final seconds.

“Kylan is a late bloomer physically and we feel that he will continue to fill out and grow with the help of Coach (Ryan) Walsh and our other outstanding strength coaches,” Coach Osborne added. “As with the entire Dimond roster, Kylan did not have overly impressive individual stats, as they had nine players average between 6-13 points per game. However, he was the only player to start every game the last two years on a team that won 52 games, a state title and a state runner-up. He is a good athlete, has great defensive instincts and has proven to be a clutch shooter. His basketball IQ and unselfish attitude will fit in well with our system.”

Osborne becomes the 10th member of UAA's 2017 recruiting class, joining Div. I transfers Malik Clements (G, 6-3/201, Jr., Madison, Wis./Madison West HS/North Dakota State), Maleke Haynes (G, 5-10/160, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif./El Camino Real HS/Pacific), Jacob Lampkin (F, 6-9/235, Sr., Bellevue, Wash./O'Dea HS/Pacific) and D.J. Ursery (G, 6-4/195, Sr., Los Angeles, Calif./Crespi HS/Pacific), junior-college transfers Jack Macdonald (G, 6-0/185, So., Melbourne, Australia/Ohlone College) and Josiah Wood (G, 6-5/185, Jr., Reno, Nev./Galena HS/Butte College), and fellow true freshmen Eric Jenkins (F, 6-5, 185, Anchorage/Dimond HS), Brennan Rymer (G, 6-1/175, Sydney, Australia) and Austin White (F, 6-8/200, Ninilchik, Alaska).