Weber State basketball: 1 scholarship vacant after Bryan Alberts’ late decision

Monday , August 14, 2017 - 4:36 PM

BRANDON GARSIDE, Standard-Examiner Staff

Gonzaga junior basketball transfer Bryan Alberts committed to Long Beach State over Weber State, Alberts confirmed to the Standard-Examiner on Saturday.

The decision will send the Wildcats into the upcoming season with 12 scholarship players, five of them freshmen. Division-I schools are allowed 13 scholarship players.

Weber State will not fill its final scholarship roster spot for the 2017-18 season, head coach Randy Rahe said, in preparing to add American Fork High guard Spencer Johnson and forward Tim Fuller of Gilbert, Arizona, for the 2018-19 season when they return from LDS missions.

Due to NCAA rules, Rahe was unable to comment directly about the situation with Alberts, but did say the open roster spot will be insignificant in relation to the team’s success this upcoming season.

“It wasn’t like we were panicked or worried about filling the spot,” Rahe told the Standard-Examiner Monday. “We decided that we’d take a shot at a couple of guys and if it didn’t work out, we’d be fine. We’re very comfortable with what we’ve got this year.”

Alberts, a 6-foot-5 wing player, was a consensus three-star recruit out of high school in California and held offers from Northwestern, Stanford and Wisconsin when he committed to Gonzaga.

In mid-June, reports from The Spokesman-Review and national writers said Alberts was choosing between Weber State, VCU and Long Beach State.

Contact sports reporter Brandon Garside at bgarside@standard.net, on Twitter @BrandonGarside and on Facebook.com/BrandonGarsideSE.

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