HELENA — The defending Frontier Conference champion Carroll College men’s basketball program may have changed head coaches this offseason, but they were hoping their recruiting class would stay intact. That’s no longer the case.
A few weeks back Montana Gatorade player of the year Sam Beighle asked head coach Kurt Paulson for his release from his Carroll commitment. Carroll athletics confirmed that it was granted, and Wednesday morning Montana Tech basketball posted a Twitter message welcoming the former Missoula Sentinel star to their program.
On Wednesday night, Beighle admitted he “didn’t have the same excitement” about going to Carroll once the summer started. So he asked for his release. After spending time thinking about the decision alone and with his parents, the sharp-shooter decided to play for Tech. He had always kept the Orediggers in mind. And Beighle added he is interested in engineering and really liked what the school in Butte offered. Now that a second stressful decision is over, Beighle said he “feels great,” and “finally can enjoy” his summer.
The 6-foot-3, 185-pound Beighle helped lead the Spartans to a 17-3 record and the quarterfinals of the Class AA state tournament this past season. Averaging 22.8 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.6 steals, Beighle was also named all-conference four times and made the all-tournament team at the Class AA state tournament his junior season.
Everyday is a great day to be a Digger, but some are better than others. Today we announce the addition of Montana’s Gatorade Player of the Year, @sambeighle3.
Sam led AA in scoring (23.3 ppg) and 3pt shooting (76 3FGM at 45%).
— Tech Basketball (@MTechHoops) July 18, 2018
Roll Diggs 👀👀
— Sam Beighle (@sambeighle3) July 18, 2018