(Editor's note: DCC Athletics release)
GLENDIVE - Riley Spoonhunter, a 6-foot-3 guard, signed his National Letter of Intent with Dawson Community College. The Browning standout will be joining a basketball program that won 27 games as well as conference and region championships this season.
Spoonhunter was the third-leading scorer in Montana's Class A this past season, averaging 20.1 points per game. He led the class in assists with 5.1 per game and was also third in steals with 3.0 per game while getting 5.4 rebounds per game. He led Browning to an 18-5 record this season and a berth in the semifinals at the state tournament before losing to Butte Central. Browning finished 23-4 during Spoonhunter's junior season.
"I've always dreamed and worked hard to compete at the next level, and to be blessed with this opportunity is amazing," said Spoonhunter. "Let's get to work."
Spoonhunter spent his first two years of high school at Heart Butte. His sophomore team went undefeated through the regular season and district and divisional tournaments before losing at state while staying in hotels for three weeks after a snowstorm kept the Warriors from traveling home during the month of February.
Spoonhunter amassed a record of 83-14 in his four years of high school. He was selected all-conference in all four years and all-state for three years. He reached more than 1,500 points during his high school career.
"Riley has had a lot of success in high school, individually and as a team," said Dawson head coach Joe Peterson. "He really understands the game well and has the ability to shoot, score and create for others. I think he's ready to work hard and help build on the success we've had over the past couple of years."
Spoonhunter is an enrolled member of the MHA Nation of North Dakota and descendant of the Blackfeet and Arapaho tribes.