Grace Christian's Karlberg opts for UAA
He had options, but Tobin Karlberg said the pull home was too strong.
"There's a lot of stuff that went into it, but at the end of the day for me, it came down to being able to play for my hometown," said the Grace Christian senior.
On Monday, the reigning 3A state Basketball Player of the Year made it official signing with UAA and head coach Rusty Osborne.
"He is not only an outstanding player, he is a tremendously mature young man with excellent leadership qualities," said Osborne on the UAA website.
Osborne sees Karlberg at either point or shooting guard.
He led Grace Christian to the 3A state title last season and has been a model of consistency. As a junior, he hit 46 percent of his three-point attempts and was 88 percent from the foul line.
Four other schools showed interest. A pair in Los Angeles, Biola and Masters Universities, recruited him, as did Lewis and Clark State College in Lewiston, Idaho, and Corban in Salem, Oregon.
But in the end, home was the greatest draw for Karlberg. He's been a student at Grace Christian since kindergarten.
His high school coach knows he'll make an impact as a Seawolf.
"One thing that Tobin does well is he builds those around him and pushes them to be better," said Jason Boerger.
Now with his decision on school complete, he'll concentrate on a repeat performance at the states.