BILLINGS -- Beau Santistevan, a former Bigfork High standout who played the past two seasons at Dawson Community College in Glendive, has signed a national letter of intent to continue his basketball career at Rocky Mountain College.
The 6-foot-7 forward averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per game while helping DCC to a 27-7 overall record and NJCAA Region 13 conference and tournament championships last season. He was one of the leaders in the Mon-Dak Conference in field goal percentage, shooting 53.6 percent from the field. Santistevan was a second-team all-conference and first-team academic all-American with a 3.98 grade-point average.
“Coming out of high school I really wanted to go to Rocky, but the Dawson coaches told me that if I came to Dawson they would help develop me into a player who could have an impact in the Frontier Conference," Santistevan said in a DCC media release. "I made one of the best decisions of my life, went to Dawson, and developed into a player who can help Rocky win games. My competitive nature drives me to be the best I can be to help my teams win, whether it’s a state championship in high school or a regional championship in college, I plan on bringing that same hunger and competitiveness to Rocky.”
Santistevan helped Bigfork to the Class B state championship in 2018, earning tournament MVP honors after recording 18 points and nine rebounds in the 60-56 championship win over Shelby. He averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game as a senior to earn his second consecutive all-state honor.
“We are very excited to have Beau joining our men’s basketball program at Rocky," said Battlin' Bears head coach Bill Dreikosen. "Beau is a true winner. He has proven that in high school and also at DCC. He will have an immediate positive impact on our program.”
“I’m excited to have one of my players going to my alma mater next year," added DCC coach Joe Peterson. "I had a great experience at Dawson and then at Rocky when I was in college, and I’m sure it will be great for Beau academically and athletically. Rocky got a very driven, motivated and high achieving young man who will be a positive influence and leader on their campus and in their basketball program. Beau’s a winner with the right attitude and work ethic to succeed at whatever he does in life.”