BILLINGS — Billings Central senior Sam Gray will continue his basketball career at Montana Tech.
Gray announced his commitment to the Orediggers via Twitter on Monday, and the forward/center plans to sign his letter of intent on Tuesday, he told 406mtsports.com.
Gray said he chose Tech over Carroll College, the University of Providence and Montana State Billings, where fellow Central senior and friend Chrishon Dixon is headed next season. The current Oredigger basketball players made Gray feel part of the team when he visited the school, he said, and he was impressed by the hoops facilities. He also likes that Butte isn’t huge but isn’t tiny.
“I was kinda skeptical about Butte going into it,” Gray said, “but it’s a lot nicer than everyone makes it sound.”
One of Tech’s assistant coaches, Derek Selvig, is Gray’s summer AAU coach.
Gray finished his high school career with a Class A state basketball title, which came a few months after the Rams won the State A football championship. He considered playing college football, but basketball won out once he stepped onto the court this past winter.
“My love of basketball was there more than my love of football when I sat down and thought about it,” Gray said. “Not many people get to end their senior year of high school basketball with a state title. I was lucky enough to do it in both sports.”