Oredigger men add four

Oredigger men add four

Montana Tech head basketball coach Adam Hiatt added four additional recruits to his 2017 class. The group includes two outstanding Montana products and a pair of out of state transfers that will contribute right away.

Montana forwards Cody Liles (Florence) and Derrius Collins (Missoula) hail from inside the Montana borders. The two standout student-athletes bring the Montana recruits to a total of seven.

“We couldn’t be more pleased with these four young men,” Hiatt said. “Again, we feel that we’ve struck gold with two more terrific in-state products in Cody and Derrius. Their length, work ethic, and raw talent will be significant assets to our program. Much like the other in-state signees, they will get better every day and will be foundation pieces for Montana Tech basketball.”

Trent Molesworth is transferring from the University of Alaska with one year of eligibility left while Jake Miles has three years remaining.

“We expect big things from our most recent transfer players by way of productivity, maturity, and leadership” Hiatt said. “Jake is a fantastic scorer with all the tools to be a high-level player in our conference and Trent is just the type of skilled player that we had targeted throughout the recruiting process. Most importantly, each of these four in their own way fit the culture that we are building here at Montana Tech.”

The recruiting class of 2017 is now at 10 new Orediggers.

“In totality, this year’s recruiting class has addressed our needs as a program and we as a coaching staff are excited to start with this group,” Hiatt said.

Derrius Collins                  F              6-4          Missoula, Mont.                              Hellgate HS

High School: Played for Coach Jeff Hayes at Hellgate HS. Helped the Knights to a 15-5 record and a trip to the state AA tournament. Averaged 12 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 2.3 steals. He was second on the team in scoring, rebounding, three point makes, assists and field goals. Finished third in the state in steals. Named first team All-Conference and All-State.

Personal: Derrius, son of Jeanette Collins and Demetrius Smith, plans on pursuing a degree in Business Information Technology.


Cody Liles                           F              6-4          Florence, Mont.                               Florence-Carlton HS

High School: Played for Coach Caleb DeGroot at Florence-Carlton HS. Team Captain averaged 14 points and 9 rebounds per game. Elevated his game in the postseason by averaging 24 points and 11 rebounds per game. Named first team All-Conference and All-State. Won a conference championship as a junior and finished third at state.

Personal: Cody, son of Jayne and Alan Liles, plans on pursuing a degree in Data Science.


Jake Miles                          G             6-2          Morgan, Utah                                    Salt Lake CC

2016-17: Started eight games for Coach Todd Phillips at Salt Lake CC and helped the Bruins to a 21-10 record.

2015-16: Redshirted at Utah State University.

High School: three-year varsity letter winner at Morgan HS (Utah). Led the Trojans to a Utah 3A state title during his senior year and a second place finish at state as a sophomore. Won three consecutive regional championships. Averaged 24.7 points, 3.3 steals, 3 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game. Named Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune 3A MVP as a senior. Scored in double figures in each game his senior season, including 15 games of more than 20 points and six games over 30. Recorded a season high 39 points against Tooele HS, shooting 76 percent from the field (13 of 17). Named first team All-State as a junior.

Personal: Jake, son of Loraine and Kirk, plans on pursuing a degree in Pre-Professional Health.


Trent Molesworth           F              6-7          Mesa, Ariz.                                         University of Alaska

2016-17: Appeared in 21 games for the Nanooks. Averaged 11 minutes scoring 3.2 points per game and 2.2 rebounds. Recorded a double-double (12 points and 10 rebounds) against Division I UTEP.

2014-16: Played two years a Scottsdale Community College. Averaged 15.5 points per game for the Fighting Artichokes. Led the team with 11.3 rebounds per game, seventh best in the NJCAA. Named to the NJCAA All-Region Second Team. All-Arizona Community College Athletic Conference (ACCAC)
Third Team honoree. Fourth in the NJCAA Division II in defensive rebounds (246) and sixth in total rebounds (339). Scored double-digits in 27 of his 30 games played as a sophomore.

Personal: Trent, son of Dondi and Scott, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering. Trent’s wife Angela will play volleyball for Montana Tech next year.

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