Tech men add three recruits from Montana

Tech men add three recruits from Montana

Montana Tech head men’s basketball coach Adam Hiatt added to his first recruiting class today. The first-year head coach announced three Montana high school products: Dylan Pannabecker from Choteau, Wyatt Harwood from Cut Bank, and Tanner Laws of Thompson Falls.

Pannabecker, a 6-foot-4 guard averaged 21.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and 3.1 assists last season. The two-time Class B Player of the Year led the Choteau Bulldogs to an incredible 52-0 record and second straight State Championship. He was also named the 2016 State Tournament MVP. The Great Falls Tribune selected him for their Super State team as a junior and a senior.

“We are ecstatic to add Dylan Pannabecker to our basketball program,” said head coach Adam Hiatt. “We are getting a tremendous winner and competitor. He was one of the most versatile players in the entire state these past couple seasons. He possesses tremendous intangibles that will immediately translate to the Frontier Conference, such as a relentless motor, a thirst to defend, and a desire to improve. He is a great fit for us and we couldn’t be happier for him to be an Oredigger.”

“I couldn’t be happier playing basketball and attending Montana Tech. I’d like to thank my family for all their support,” said Pannabecker.

The son of Laurie McKinnon and Gary Pannabecker, Dylan plans on pursuing a degree in general engineering.

Just a little more than an hour north of Choteau, Wyatt Harwood also signed to play basketball with Tech next fall. The 6-6 forward was a four-year starter for the Wolves. He was selected first team All-Conference last season averaging nearly a double-double with 15.6 points and 9.7 rebounds while shooting 63.9 percent from the field.

“Wyatt Harwood is exceptionally tough and strong for an incoming freshman,” Hiatt said. “He has a big frame and a good skill set. He can step outside and shoot with range as easily as score around the rim. The sooner as he adapts to the speed and physical play of the college level the sooner he will be a very productive player in our program. Wyatt comes from a terrific family, is very coachable, and has that blue-collar work ethic that our program will be built on.”

The son of Tracy and Lonnie, Wyatt plans on pursuing a degree in Business. “I am very excited to be a part of the new Oredigger Program,” said Harwood. “I can’t wait to attend Montana Tech and play at the next level of this game!”

Another Class B standout is Tanner Laws. The 5-8 point guard is a four-time All-Conference selection from Thompson Falls. Laws was selected All-State last season averaging 8.8 points, 6.5 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 2.4 steals. He was also a three-time defensive player of the year for his squad.

“The most strident attribute that stood out to us as we evaluated and recruited Tanner was his ability to impact the game without having to score the ball,” said Coach Hiatt. “He is a legitimate leader, both by example as well as his positive approach to the game. The simple fact that he is more excited for his teammates to succeed than himself is the selfless type of mentality that makes great point guards. His innate passing ability and competitive fire will serve him well in our program. We are excited to have him join our program.”

Laws ability in the classroom is also exemplary. Named Academic All-State four times, he was the top of his class with a 4.0 grade point average and selected Class Valedictorian.

“I’m proud to be a member of Montana Tech’s athletic program and am grateful for the opportunity to compete at the collegiate level and represent the Diggers,” said Law. “I look forward to getting right to work on becoming the player coach Hiatt envisions me being for the team and exceeding expectations. One thing I can guarantee is that I will never give less than my full effort and will always put the team before myself.”

The son of Amy and Chadd, Tanner plans on pursuing a degree in civil engineering.

— Montana Tech

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