BUTTE, Mont. – Montana Tech men's basketball head coach Adam Hiatt announced the signing of six recruits today. The group includes five exceptional high school student-athletes and a junior college transfer.
"We are really excited about the quality of this initial recruiting class. Each one of these individuals has tremendous potential and, more importantly, are high character young men," said head coach Hiatt.
The majority of the group is from inside the Montana borders. Among the Big Sky state signees are forwards Taylor England and Will Mytty; and guards Drew Huse, Christian Jones and Gavin McPherson. McPherson, originally from Glendive, is transferring from Dawson Community College.
Huse should be a familiar name to Oredigger fans. Drew's father Brad and uncle Shawn both played basketball for Montana Tech and are in the Digger Athletics Hall of Fame. Both went on to prestigious coaching careers and Shawn is the current head coach for Montana State-Northern.
"It was important for us to recruit the best talent in Montana and the surrounding region. Finding and developing young talent of this caliber will be key to establishing a consistent winning program. All of these players have shown a high basketball skill level and IQ, the ability to score the ball, speed, toughness, and athleticism."
Two-time Idaho All-State guard Nick Fitts is the lone out-of-state signee. Fitts set a number of records at Vallivue High School in Caldwell and was the Idaho Press Tribune Player of the Year.
"Most of all, these young men are great students and will represent Montana Tech and our community well. We are excited to welcome them to our program and look forward to seeing the impact they will make."
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|Taylor England||F||6-6||Helena, Mont.||Helena H.S.|
|Nick Fitts||G||5-8||Nampa, Idaho||Vallivue, H.S.|
|Drew Huse||G||6-2||Bozeman, Mont.||Bozeman H.S.|
|Christian Jones||G||6-4||Laurel, Mont.||Laurel H.S.|
|Gavin McPherson||G||6-4||Glendive, Mont.||Dawson C.C.|
|Will Mytty||F||6-5||Missoula, Mont.||Sentinel H.S.|
Taylor England F 6-6 Helena, Mont. Helena H.S.
High School: Played for Coach John Hollow at Helena HS. He capped off his high school career with an impressive statistical year for the Bengals. He was 4th in Montana AA in scoring (16.6), FGM (116) and rebounding (9.2), 6th in FG% (57.7%), 2nd in FTM (111), and 10th in blocks. England was named first team All-Conference and All-State in both football and basketball as a junior and senior. He was also honored as the Helena Independent Record Player-of-the-Year.
Personal: Taylor,son of Monique, plans on pursuing a degree in biology.
Nick Fitts G 5-8 Nampa, Idaho Vallivue H.S.
High School: Played for Coach Ryan Lundgren at Vallivue HS. As a senior, Fitts finished second in the state in scoring at the 4A level with 17.6 PPG and third in the state in assists with 3.2. He made 87 three pointers on the season while shooting over 40% from distance. Fitts holds school records for most points in a game (48) and most three pointers made in a game (12). He was named first team All-Conference and first team All-State as a junior and senior and was recently named Idaho Press Tribune Player of the Year after leading the Falcons to the state championship game, the program's first state tournament appearance since 2010. Nick is an Academic All-State honoree.
Personal: Nick, son or Nicole and Garrett, plans on pursuing a degree in pre-professional health.
Drew Huse G 6-2 Bozeman, Mont. Bozeman H.S.
High School: Played for Coach Wes Holmquist at Bozeman H.S., averaging 13.0 PPG, 3.1 RPG, 3.8 APG and 1.2 SPG. He was 5th in Montana AA in assists and 10th in FTM. For his all-around efforts in leading the Hawks to an Eastern AA regular season championship and a state tournament runner-up finish, Huse was named first team All-Conference and All-State and will play in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star series. The son of former standout player and Oredigger Hall of Famer Brad Huse, Drew will follow his father and uncle (Shawn) as the third Huse to wear Digger green.
Personal: Drew, son of Kelly and Brad, plans on pursuing a degree in business.
Christian Jones G 6-1 Laurel, Mont. Laurel H.S.
High School: Played for Coach Pat Hansen at Laurel HS. On the season, he averaged 14.0 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.0 APG, and 1.8 SPG. He helped the Locomotives win regular season Eastern A championship, as well as the Central-Eastern Divisional championship. This past season Jones led his team to an appearance in the Class A state tournament semifinals and to a state championship in 2015 as a sophomore. He was named first team All-Conference and All-State.
Personal: Christian, son of Andrea and Yoga, plans on pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
Gavin McPherson G 6-4 Glendive, Mont. Dawson C.C.
2015-2017: Played at Dawson C.C. for Coach Joe Peterson. He averaged 9.8 PPG, 3.3 RPG, and 1.7 APG. He made 78 three pointers at a 38% clip, making at least 2 in 24 games. McPherson scored in double-figures fifteen times this past season, including a season high 22 against nationally ranked Gillette College. He helped lead the Buccaneers to the Region XIII tournament semi-finals.
Personal: Gavin, son of Rita and Scott, plans on pursuing a degree in business.
Will Mytty F 6-5 Missoula, Mont. Sentinel H.S.
High School: Played for Coach Jay Jagelski. The long and athletic Mytty averaged 10.3 PPG, 5.5 RPG, 1.4 SPG, and 1.4 BPG. He was his teams' second leading scorer and rebounder, the leader in blocks and steals, and finished 4th in Montana AA in total blocked shots. Mytty was named second team All-Conference for leading his team to the state tournament.
Personal: Will, son of Mindy and Cory, plans on pursuing a degree in business.