BAKERSFIELD, Calif.- Bakersfield Roadrunners men’s basketball head coach Rod Barnes has announced the signing of point guard Tyrell Corbin to a National Letter of Intent to play for the Roadrunners in the 2013-14 season, their first as a member of the Western Athletic Conference.
“We are excited that Tyrell decided to be a part of our basketball family,” Barnes said. “He is a pure point guard who is a good floor general with a great feel for the game and a high I.Q.. He’s a pass-first point guard that can score when needed.”
The 6-0, 180-pound Corbin comes to Bakersfield out of Salt Lake (City) Community College where he helped lead the Bruins to a 29-5 record while averaging 10.3 points per game along with 4.5 assists and 3.5 rebounds per contest. Corbin played in 31 games with 28 starts for the fifth ranked Bruins who advanced to the second round of the NJCAA National Championship Tournament. Corbin had 13 points and five assists in 34 minutes of play in the second-round loss to Central Arizona and shot over 46-percent from the field last season for Salt Lake City.
Corbin is the son of Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin who just completed his second season at the helm of the Jazz. Corbin is also an NBA veteran playing in over 1,000 games over a 15-year career playing for eight NBA franchises. He also played his college career at DePaul.
“Tyrell has great genes, his dad was a great college player and spent several seasons in the NBA, Barnes said. “It’s always nice to sign a coach’s son and Tyrell will play and important role on next year’s team.”
Tyrell Corbin started his collegiate career at UC Davis playing in 30 games with 23 starts games at the point guard position, playing a total of 30 games averaging 6.3 points and three assists in 23.5 minutes per game in 2011-12. He was also named “Mr. Basketball” by the Deseret News in 2011 following a stellar prep career at West HS in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he was an All-State selection for three seasons while also being named West Region MVP in 2010.