BELGRADE — One of southwest Montana’s top high school basketball talents will be staying close to home at the next level.

Belgrade boy’s standout Dawson Fowler signed on to join the Montana Western Bulldogs on Wednesday morning. For the senior ready to begin his final high school campaign, it’s a relieving day.

“It’s a big relief off my shoulders,” he said at a press conference held at the high school. “I’ve been kind of thinking about it here and there and I’ve been nervous, but it’s good to get it out of the way.”

The guard has compiled career averages of 16 points, 4.5 rebounds, 1.9 assists, and 1.5 steals. Boy’s head coach Mike Deming says that, if healthy, Fowler is on pace to break the school’s all-time scoring record this winter. That scoring is among the many parts Bulldogs’ head coach Steve Keller likes about his latest commit.

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“We feel like he’s one of the top five players in the state of Montana,” he said. “We like his athleticism, he can shoot the ball — I really believe he’s going to be a great player in the Frontier Conference.”

Keller said he has been recruiting the standout since he was in middle school.

Now, he’s got his guy.

Fowler joins Anaconda’s Trent Mikalatos as Western’s first two members in the recruiting class of 2018.