(MSUB Athletics release)
BILLINGS – Montana State University Billings men’s basketball head coach Mick Durham announced the addition of Seth Christiaens as the first recruit in the Yellowjackets’ 2018 class on Monday. The junior will be returning to Montana after attending Broadview High School as a prep where he average 18.7 points and 10 rebounds in his senior year.
Christiaens spent last season at North Idaho College where he helped lead the team to their first-ever Northwest Athletic Conference title in 2018. The 6-foot-11-inch post brings a much needed interior presence to an MSUB squad that finished in the bottom half of the Great Northwest Athletic Conference rebound margin rankings last season.
“Our number one priority was to add some size to our program and Seth does exactly that,” Durham said of the signing. “He is a big guy and he plays to his size. He was a huge factor in North Idaho’s NWAC championship and I was able to watch him play in the semi-final and championship game. He runs well and is a big presence inside. He is developing a touch inside and finishing at the rim a lot more often. He is an excellent student and a great teammate. Seth is excited to be back close to Broadview and in Billings.”
As a sophomore at North Idaho, Christiaens started to flash when receiving increased minutes half-way through the season. In a game against Spokane, the post put up season bests of 16 points and 13 rebounds in 30 minutes of action. He added four blocks and three steals to his ledger while committing just one turnover and shooting 77.8 percent from the field.
“I am excited to play at the Division II level and to be back in Billings,” Christiaens said of joining the Yellowjackets.
While playing for Broadview-Lavina, Christiaens was named first team all-state as a senior. He was a three-time all-state section for track and field where he threw shot put and discus. Christiaens attended Montana State University Northern out of high school where he played in 20 games for the Lights with one start before transferring to Northern Idaho.