Wells graduates JC, signs with Concordia in Portland, Oregon

August 13, 2016

Tyler Wells basketball

Tyler Wells

The Concordia Cavaliers are stepping into a new era and they want to take Tyler Wells of Fairbanks with them.

The 6-foot guard has signed with the college in Portland, Oregon, as it begins its third year of a three-year transition to the NCAA D2 level. The school moved up from NAIA.

Wells, of Monroe Catholic High fame, wrapped up his career at Western Wyoming Community College, where he helped lead the team to a 43-17 record in two seasons.

Last year as a sophomore, he made 18 starts and averaged 7.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.1 assists.

“We are incredible excited Tyler chose to continue his collegiate career at Concordia,” coach Brad Barbarick told the school’s website. “Tyler is a consummate leader that finds ways to help his team win.”

He expects Wells to compete for a starting job.

“He has the ability to play with the ball and as a two-guard and we expect him to push for major minutes right away,” the coach said.

In high school, Wells was part of a Monroe Catholic team that played in four state championship games and won three of them.

He was twice named all-state in Alaska.

Wells joins three other new faces in the Concordia recruiting class.

“Tyler, along with our other four newcomers, are major pieces in helping CU basketball in our goals of becoming an elite program of NCAA DII,” Barbarick said.