BOZEMAN — Trinidad State (Colorado) Junior College forward Bilal Shabazz announced his commitment to transfer to Montana State in a tweet Tuesday.
Shabazz’s addition would leave the Bobcats with one remaining open scholarship spot for the 2020-21 season.
This past season, as a sophomore for the Trojans, Shabazz averaged 12.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game. He shot 39.4% from the floor, 37.6% from 3-point range and averaged 15.2 minutes per game. At 6-foot-8, he projects as the fourth tallest player on the team behind Devin Kirby (6-11), Jubrile Belo (6-9) and Finn Fleute (6-9).
Shabazz also joins a junior class that features two other junior college transfers in Belo and incoming guard Mike Hood. Those three, plus Nick Gazelas, Amin Adamu, Mychael Paulo make up the six junior-college transfers on the roster.
Earlier in the offseason, head coach Danny Sprinkle identified shooting, overall skill and toughness as areas he wanted to improve. Shabazz, from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was listed on Trinidad State’s roster as a guard this past year, but as a wing the year before. In his two-year career, he made 140 of 375 (37.3%) 3s and averaged 6.9 rebounds per game.
The signing period begins Wednesday, marking the first day Shabazz is allowed to officially join MSU.
Montana State men’s basketball 2020-21 roster chart
|Position||Class of 2021||Freshmen||Sophomores||Juniors||Seniors|
|Guards||Alex Germer||Kellen Tynes||Caleb Bellach||Mike Hood||Xavier Bishop|
|Patrick McMahon||Tyler Patterson||Nick Gazelas||Amin Adamu|
|Jesse Owens (RS-Fr) *||Abdul Mohamed|
|Carter Ash *|
|Forwards||Great Osobor||Borja Fernandez||Bilal Shabazz|
|Centers||Jasper Reinalda||Finn Fleute||Jubrile Belo||Devin Kirby|
|* denotes walk on|