Montana Tech men’s basketball coach Adam Hiatt announced the signing of six players Wednesday, and one has deep roots with the Orediggers.
Signing with the Orediggers are Drew Huse of Bozeman, Taylor England of Helena, Nick Fitts of Nampa, Idaho, Christian Jones of Laurel, Gavin McPherson of Glendive and Will Mytty of Missoula.
“We are really excited about the quality of this initial recruiting class,” Hiatt said in a statement. “Each one of these individuals has tremendous potential and, more importantly, are high character young men.”
Huse is a name Oredigger fans already know very well.
His father, Brad Huse, is an Oredigger Hall of Fame member from his days playing for Kelvin Sampson and Rick Dessing at Montana Tech. His uncle Shawn played and coached for the Orediggers before taking over as the head coach of the MSU-Northern men’s basketball program.
Also, Brad’s mother Kelly (Sauvageau) Huse played volleyball for the Orediggers.
Drew Huse comes to Tech after averaging 13 points, 3.1 rebounds, 3.8 assists and 1.2 steals to lead the Bozeman Hawks to a 19-4 record in 2016-17. Bozeman fell 46-42 to Kalispell Glacier in the championship game of the Class AA State tournament.
Huse, a 6-foot-2 junior guard who was named first-team all-conference and All-State, will represent the Treasure State in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star series in June. He plans to major in business at Montana Tech.
Hiatt pointed out that five of the six newest Orediggers are from Montana.
“It was important for us to recruit the best talent in Montana and the surrounding region,” the coach said. “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, a 5-8 guard, set a number of records at Vallivue High School in Caldwell.
Fitts finished second in the state in scoring at the 4A level with 17.6 points per game. He was ranked No. 3 in the state with 3.2 assists per game. He made 87 3-pointers on the season while shooting over 40 percent 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. He is an Academic All-State honoree.
The son of Nicol and Garrett Fitts, Nick plans on pursuing a degree in pre-professional health.
England, a 6-foot-6 forward, played for coach John Mike Hollow at Helena High School. He capped off his high school career with an impressive statistical year for the Bengals.
England finished the season ranked No. 4 in scoring in Class AA with 16.6 points per game. He nearly averaged a double-double, pulling down 9.2 rebounds per game. England earned all-conference and All-State honors in football and basketball as a junior and a senior.
The son of Monique England, Taylor plans on pursuing a degree in biology.
Jones is a 6-1 guard who played for coach Pat Hansen at Laurel High School.
This past season, Jones averaged 14 points per game, helping the Locomotives win regular season Eastern A championship and as the Central-Eastern Divisional championship. Jones earned first-team all-conference and All-State honors.
The Locomotives advanced the semifinals of the Class A state tournament this season. Jones played with Laurel in the state title game as a sophomore.
The son of Andrea and Yoga Jones, Christian plans on pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.
McPherson, a 6-4 guard, is transferring to tech from Dawson Community College, where he averaged 9.8 points per game. He made 78 shots from 3-point land at a 38 percent clip, making at least two in 24 games.
McPherson scored in double-figures fifteen times this past season, including a season-high 22 points against nationally-ranked Gillette College. He helped lead the Buccaneers to the Region XIII tournament semi-finals.
The son of Rita and Scott McPherson, Gavin plans to major in business.
Mytty is a 6-5 forward who played for coach Jay Jagelski at Missoula Sentinel, where he averaged 10.3 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. He was his teams’ second leading scorer and rebounder, the leader in blocks and steals, and finished fourth in the Class AA in total blocked shots.
Mytty was named second team all-conference after helping his team to the Class A State tournament.
The son of Mindy and Cory Mytty, Will says he will major in business.
Hiatt praised his newest Orediggers for their work on and off the court.
“Most of all, these young men are great students and will represent Montana Tech and our community well,” Hiatt said. “We are excited to welcome them to our program and look forward to seeing the impact they will make.”