Long Beach, Calif. - Long Beach State will add a critical piece for the 2017-18 season as Bryan Alberts will join the team from Gonzaga as a graduate transfer. A 6-5 guard, Alberts played for two seasons with the Zags, including reaching the national championship game last season.
As a graduate transfer, Alberts can play immediately for the Beach, and has two seasons of eligibility remaining.
"We are very excited to welcome Bryan to the Beach family as our final recruit of this class," said Long Beach State head coach Dan Monson. "We feel he will add scoring and versatility as his skill set allows him to play all three perimeter positions. Graduating from Gonzaga in three years gives insight to his discipline and maturity while also giving him two years in our program."
Bryan Alberts -- G, 6-5 -- Northridge, Calif. (Gonzaga)
Bryan Alberts will return to his native Southern California after spending three years at Gonzaga. A highly-regarded recruit from Village Christian High School, Alberts redshirted during his first year in Spokane, and then started ten games in 2015-16 as a redshirt freshman before playing limited minutes last season.
While at Gonzaga, Alberts spent two summers competing with the Netherlands Men's National Team, including participation in qualifying matches for Eurobasket 2017. Alberts has also been selected for the preliminary 24-man roster that will compete in qualifying matches for the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
At VCHS, Alberts led the team to the state semifinals in 2014 as a point guard, averaging 10.4 points and 6.1 assists per game. He carried more of the team's scoring load earlier in his high school career as a shooting guard, averaging 17.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game as a junior while leading the team to a 27-5 overall record. He played a big role on the way to a state championship as a sophomore while averaging 18.4 points per game.
Alberts supplements an already outstanding recruiting class that features three high school students and a trio of junior college transfers. Deishuan Booker, Ron Freeman and Keondre' Byers are all making the move to Division I after playing last season at the junior college level and putting up great numbers.
The Beach will also bring in a pair of international freshmen in Milos Apic from Serbia and Edon Maxhuni from Finland, and rounds out the class with a talented wing player in Jordan Roberts, the CIF Division II Player of the Year from Ridgeview High School in Bakersfield, Calif.
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