T.J. Rhodes transfers to play for Montana Tech men

Montana Tech men’s basketball coach Patrick O’Herron announced today the addition of Karl “T.J.” Rhodes for the 2015-16 season.

Rhodes is the son of former Major League Baseball player Karl “Tuffy” Rhodes.

“TJ is another student-athlete that understands what it takes to win,” O’Herron said. “He has won wherever he has been and knows the dedication it takes to achieve success. TJ is highly competitive and will push himself and his teammates to become the best they can be.”

Rhodes is a 6-foot guard who comes to the Mining City after spending the past two years at the College of Marin in Kentfield, California. During his freshman season, Rhodes averaged nine points and five assists while shooting 40 percent from the field and 35 percent from three-point range.

“I chose Montana Tech because it gives me the best opportunity to succeed in life academically and athletically and on my visit I felt a special bond with the players and coaches,” Rhodes said. “It felt like we were already family and the community is great and shows lots of love.”

The Houston, Texas, native played high school ball for the Homeschool Christian Youth Association where he led the Warriors to three state championships and two national championships. During his senior season, Rhodes lead HYCA to a 44-11 record while averaging 15 point, 10 assists and five rebounds per contest. For his efforts, Rhodes took home All-State and All-American honors and was named Athlete of the Year in 2013.

Rhodes plans on pursing a degree in business.

Rhodes marks Tech’s second addition from the Lone Star State for O’Herron and his staff. Tech signed Cruz Ginns Jr. earlier this month.

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