Montana Tech men sign two Montana standouts

Montana Tech men sign two Montana standouts

Montana Tech’s men’s basketball team is adding some Montana talent to the roster.

Tech coach Adam Hiatt announced today that he has signed Cole Bales of Laurel and Hayden Diekhans of Glendive. Both players will join the Orediggers next fall.

Bales, a 6-foot-7 forward, helped the Locomotives to a Class A State tournament appearance last year.

“There are not many 6-7 bigs in the state that can play with a combination of power and perimeter skill like Colter,” Hiatt said in a statement. “As a 4.0 student, he is a great fit for our program and Montana Tech.”

During his junior season, Bales averaged 18.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 2 blocks while shooting 60 percent from the field. Bales was selected all-conference and all-state. He finished the season ranked fourth in scoring, seven in rebounding and led Class A in blocks.

Bales, the son of Ronda and Chad Bales, plans to pursue a degree in construction technology.

“We are thrilled to have Colter Bales join our program as an early signee,” Hiatt said. “He is an excellent prospect with great size, strength, and skill. He has improved every year and has a genuine passion for the game of basketball.”

Diekhans, a 6-foot-4 guard, helped lead Fort Benton High School to an appearance at the Class C State tournament in the spring.

“Hayden Diekhans is an outstanding prospect for our basketball program,” Hiatt said. “He is a long, athletic guard that has deep range and a high basketball IQ.”

During his junior season, Diekhans averaged 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds, and 3.2 assists while shooting 52.2 percent from the field. Diekhans was selected all-conference and all-state.

“He possesses a strong work ethic, high character, and competitive spirit,” Hiatt said. “We love his skill level and the potential that he brings to our program. He will be a very successful student and a very successful player for Tech Hoops.”

Diekhans, the son of Shana and Chris Diekhans, plans on pursuing a degree in mechanical engineering.

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