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Keljin Blevins becomes 1st Montana State Bobcat to play in NBA

Former Montana State Bobcat Keljin Blevins gets shot with Portland Trail Blazers
Keljin Blevins
Posted at 10:00 AM, Dec 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-24 12:00:02-05

Keljin Blevins made history on Wednesday night.

The former Montana State men's basketball standout became the first Bobcat to play in the NBA when he stepped onto the court for the Portland Trail Blazers.

Blevins started in 63 of the 64 games he played during his MSU career, which concluded with the 2018-19 season. He played two seasons for the Bobcats after transferring from Southern Mississippi in 2016. A 6-foot-6 forward, Blevins averaged 9.2 points and 5.6 rebounds per game as a junior and 11.8 points and 5.9 rebounds per game as a senior.

Blevins signed with the Trail Blazers organization in 2019, playing in three games that summer with the franchise's Summer League team.

Blevins didn't see the court at the NBA level last season but re-signed with the Blazers prior to this season. He played four minutes in Portland's 120-100 loss to the Utah Jazz on Wednesday, recording one assist and one turnover.

The Blazers (0-1) are scheduled to host the Houston Rockets on Saturday.