One of Montana’s best high school players from this past season signed his Letter of Intent to play basketball at Dawson Community College next season. Arlee’s 6’0 guard Tyler Tanner is the latest addition to Coach Joe Peterson’s recruiting class, “I’ve watched Tyler for a couple of years now in the state tournament. His skills and poise have really impressed me. He makes big plays in big moments. Plain and simple, Tyler Tanner is a winner. He has had tremendous success on the basketball court and in the classroom with a 3.5 gpa. He has grown up on a farm and loves to hunt and fish so I think he will enjoy coming out to Eastern Montana.”
Tanner was selected to participate in the Montana-Wyoming All-star game coming up June 9-10. This past season Tanner led Arlee to their first ever state championship with a 71-67 win over Manhattan Christian and he was named the state tournament MVP after scoring 24 points and pulling down 14 rebounds in the championship game. For the season he averaged 19.5 points, 6.4 rebounds and 3.7 steals per game while shooting 52% from the field and 76% from the free throw line.
Tanner commented, “The Dawson program and Coach Peterson gave me a great opportunity to play the game I love. I like the way Coach Peterson came to me and told me about Dawson.”
The Arlee guard has been selected as an All-conference player and All-state player for three straight seasons. He has led his team to a record of 73-6 over the past three years which has included 3 district championships. To finish off his high school career, Tanner has won 50 of his last 52 games. As a junior, he helped his team win 24 straight before losing in the State Championship Game to Box Elder which was the only game in his high school career in which he lost by more than 4 points. As a senior, their final record was 26-1 and ended with the state championship.
Arlee Coach Zanen Pitts shared in the excitement, “It is a privilege and honor for Tyler to play at that level. I’m super excited for him to join a good program which will develop his weaknesses and make him a better all-around player.”