FAIRBANKS-It's college signing period and athletes here and abroad are coming and going from the Interior to pursue and continue college athletics. Today one local star elected stay home. Lathrop's Kyle Carlson, flanked by his mother Lisa and father Steve, signed his national letter of intent this afternoon to play basketball for the Alaska Nanooks.
Carlson was first team All-MAC and was an all 4A state-tournament selection in his senior campaign. The 6'3" Carlson averaged 18 points per game this season playing positiongs 1-3.
The Malemutes were ranked number one in the state for a number of weeks this basketball season.
UAF also signed 4A player of the year Reece Robinson from Service.
Carlson said the big reason for picking UAF was their petroleum engineering program-his intended major.
The Nanooks went 18-10 overall with 12 conference wins finishing 3rd in the GNAC under third year head coach Mick Durham. The Nanooks lost 6 seniors last year but return 5 guards from last year's team.
Carlson talks about how he fits in at UAF.
"I can fit a lot of roles. So he wants me [Durham]-so far what he's told me is to be a catch and shoot and then midrange pull up and then drive to the basket kind of guy. I think I can do that and I'm also a help on the defensive end I think," Carlson said.
"I mean it's a good place to be. It fits my academic hopes and dreams. I like Durham. I like Clift. I like all the guys up there and I've had a good experience so far," Carlson added.
WATCH KYLE CARLSON'S PRESS CONFERENCE--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=liyfAfkoN_g&list=UUxrmnexYRNqDXPBPihPnTLA...
Lathrop head basketball coach Milo Griffin believes his top player from last year will transition to Division II basketball nicely.
"I think he can play Division II easily. I think he's going to be good at the 1, 2, or 3 or wherever they need help and he fit in any of those positions. He's going to be good."