(Editor’s note: Montana Western media release)
DILLON – University of Montana Western head men’s basketball coach Mike Larsen has announced the signing of local standout Michael Haverfield to an NAIA Letter of Intent.
When Larsen was hired as Western’s men’s basketball coach in early May, he said his goal was to recruit the Treasure State as well as high-character players to his team. With not even a season under his belt, Larsen is coming through with his promise. After signing six players earlier this season, four of whom are from Montana, Larsen will now be adding local star and Dillon native Michael Haverfield to the 2019 recruiting class.
Without question, Haverfield meets Larsen’s stipulations. Haverfield is a 6-foot-4 senior shooting guard at Beaverhead County High School. He is a two-way player, unselfish, dependable, coachable and focused on improving every day. Not only can Haverfield score around the basket with either hand, he can play in the backcourt, shoot the ball effectively and play defense.
He averaged 17 points per game his junior season before an injury forced him to miss the rest of the season. For his career, he shoots 42 percent from the floor and 79 percent from the free-throw line. He averages 2.4 rebounds a game and 1.1 assists.
Haverfield also brings athleticism and championship experience. He has lettered three times in both basketball and track and has won Class A state championships in basketball (2015-16, 16-17), track (2016), and football (2016).
Haverfield is a member of the National Honor Society and three-time academic all-state in basketball and track. He will graduate from Beaverhead County High School in the spring of 2019. He plans on majoring in physical therapy and sports medicine at Montana Western.
Haverfield is the son of Gary and Terri Haverfield and will join brother Tanner Haverfield, who is currently a redshirt freshman, with the Bulldogs.