By Ryan Craighead / Staff Writer
LBCC men’s basketball sophomore forward Tyler Tuliau will continue his collegiate career at the Brigham Young University of Hawaii starting the fall of the 2013-14 academic year.
Tuliau leaves the Vikings after a sophomore season scoring 21 points per game to lead both his team and the state. Despite LBCC’s under-.500 record, Tuliau earned first-team all-conference honors for the south coast southern division.
BYU-Hawaii awarded a full-ride scholarship to Tuliau, aiding in his decision instead of several division II schools, including some in North Dakota. He is looking forward to graduating with his degree and doing the best he can as a contributor for the basketball team in Hawaii.
“It’s (BYU-Hawaii) in in the North Shore and the best place for me out of all of my options,” Tuliau said, “Plus I got family in that town. It just made sense. I’m an islander anyways, so I should be out there.”
Although from the Long Beach area, he attended Cimarron-Memorial high school in Las Vegas before returning to play for LBCC.
Of his time at LBCC, Tuliau’s favorite memory was of the Feb. 13 game against Cerritos college.
“The gym was packed and we ended up with the win,” Tuliau said. He scored 28 points and grabbed 10 rebounds during the game.