Tyler Brimhall of Logan, Utah, commits to Vandals for 2015
Idaho basketball picked up its first recruit for the 2015 season, as guard Tyler Brimhall of Logan, Utah, signed his letter of intent for the Vandals in November.
“It was the best opportunity for me when I went up there (to Moscow). The campus is really nice and it (will) be the best place for me,” Brimhall said.
Brimhall is a 6-foot-4, 185-pound guard, and is rated as a two-star recruit by ESPN.com.
During his junior year of high school, Brimhall averaged 17.2 points per game, 5.6 rebounds per game, 2.1 steals per game and 1.9 assists per game. He was named to the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune All-State teams and won the All Cache Valley Player of the Year award. Though it’s still early, through Logan High School’s first two games Brimhall has averaged 24.5 points per game, 4.0 rebounds per game and 1.5 steals and assists per game.
“I’m a good shooter, so I’ve been told,” he said. “I can drive to the basket and I’m good at getting to the basket and finishing around the rim.”
Brimhall also contributed to the varsity team as a freshman and sophomore. As a freshman, Brimhall averaged 8.0 points per game and was named to an all-region honorable mention for 2012. He followed up that year by averaging 12.8 points per game as a sophomore, including a 23-point performance in an upset win over No. 1 Orem High School.
Brimhall isn’t the only person who thinks he can succeed at Idaho. His high school coach Logan Brown said he thinks Idaho is the perfect place for his player.
“I believe Tyler can be a very high-level Division I basketball player because he has that combination of skill and work ethic. That’s a rare combination that can make him a very good player,” Brown said. “Tyler started going through the recruiting process at a young age, getting looks from a lot of schools. Coach Verlin showed a lot of interest in him and his system fits him well. I believe he has a great opportunity to do some great things at Idaho.”
Brown has a lot of praise for Brimhall and others agree. ESPN’s scouts said Brimhall is a “prospect that affects the game in multiple ways” and said that it’s “always about winning for Brimhall.”
“He is one of the hardest working players I’ve ever been around,” Brown said. “He’s very highly motivated.”
Brimhall said he is excited to get up to Moscow and start playing for the Vandals.
“The players (at Idaho) are pretty friendly and I like them,” he said. “It was fun hanging out with them when I was up there. I just want to come up and play the hardest I can. I can’t wait to come up there. I’ve been thinking about it a lot. Some of my goals are to start as soon as possible, but play the hardest I can.”
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