LAIE, Hawaii (July 5, 2013) —The Brigham Young University Hawaii men's basketball team has signed 6-5 forward Tyler Tuliau of Las Vegas, Nevada and 6-4 guard Scott Friel of Riverton, Utah to play for the Seasiders next season. Tuliau played the past two seasons as Long Beach City College after playing high school ball at Cimarron-Memorial High School in Las Vegas while Friel played one season for Southern Utah before serving as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Tuliau averaged 21.2 points per game and 9.0 rebounds per contest this past season. He earned First Team All-South Coast Conference South Division honors by leading the conference in rebounding and placing second in scoring. He was the fifth-leading scorer in the state among junior college players.
"I'm really excited for this opportunity," said Tuliau. "This is a blessing and something I never would have imagined would be possible. I've always wanted to go to college in Hawaii."
BYU-Hawaii Head Coach Ken Wagner says he is excited to have Tyler join the BYU-Hawaii program. "Tyler is an outstanding player and can give us help scoring and rebounding," says Wagner. "We are glad to have added him to our program."
Friel, a 2009 graduate of Riverton High School, started 16 games for Southern Utah during the 2009-10 season and averaged 2.8 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 2.1 assists in limited minutes. At Riverton High School he averaged 15.3 points, 7.6 assists, 6.0 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game his senior season and was named an honorable mention All-State performer. He served as a missionary for the past two years in Romania.
Coach Wagner says Friel is a "smart player, who will help us with ball handling. He's an all-around player and will be a versatile addition to our team."