Montana Western men sign Choteau’s Derrek Durocher

DILLON — Montana Western men’s basketball coach Steve Keller announced Saturday that the Bulldogs signed Derrek Durocher to an NAIA Letter of Intent. Durocher, who is getting ready to start his senior year of high school, will join the Bulldog basketball program in the fall of 2016.

Durocher, a 5-foot-11 guard from Choteau, helped lead Choteau High School to a 2014-15 state basketball championship, where he was named the tournament’s MVP. During his junior campaign he averaging 17 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists per game. On top of his ability to pack the stat sheet every night, Durocher also shot nearly 50 percent from the field, 40 percent from behind the three point line and 85 percent from the charity stripe.

“Derrek is one of the best three point shooters coming out of Montana this next year and we believe he will be a very good player in our league down the road” Keller said.

For Durocher, signing an NAIA Letter of Intent before the start of his senior year was an easy choice.

“There is no doubt that signing before the start of my senior year will help me play more relaxed in the coming season,” he said. “The feeling of knowing you have to play well to try and find a home at a college can be stressful.”

Other than the weight that has been lifted off of Durocher’s shoulders in the coming season, his decision to sign with Montana Western required more than one factor.

“There were a few key factors to making my decision to sign with Western,” Durocher said. “I am very interested in Sports Medicine and I know that the biology and health and human performance programs are very good, on my tour I loved the campus and the school, and of course, the success of the basketball program is important to me.”

In Choteau, Durocher plays for former Montana Western star, Matt Luedtke. His connections to Montana Western run much deeper than his high school basketball coach though.

Derrek’s father, Jody Durocher and uncle Bill Durocher, played football at Montana Western, and his cousin Danielle Baeth played basketball for the Bulldogs.

Durocher is the son of Jody and Joeleen Durocher and carries a 3.85 GPA.

“I am very excited to join the Western family in the fall of 2016; to play basketball and meet new people and have a great school experience,” Durocher said.

— Montana Western Sports Information

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