Kamden Hilborn

Kamden Hilborn was named the Independent Record's Girls Athlete of the Year for 2018. 

HELENA — Former Helena High standout basketball player Kamden Hilborn entered her name in the NCAA transfer portal with the intention to transfer after one season with the Montana State women's basketball team.

Being listed in the NCAA transfer portal allows NCAA Division I athletes to transfer to a different school, and receive a scholarship offer without asking their current school's permission.

Once the player's name is in the transfer portal, NCAA coaches are free to contact the player.

In a tweet Hilborn stated: "A big thank you to MSU and the Bozeman community for an amazing freshman season. Under any other circumstances, I wouldn't dream of leaving the Bozeman community. When life blindsides you, all you can control is your response to those situations. Best of luck to all my teammates, hoping for the best for you wonderful people. As for myself, God's got a plan, and I'm seeking his guidance always."

Hilborn added that she will continue to compete for MSU during the track season: "Very excited to compete for the MSU track team this spring, and get back to doing a little pole vaulting. Thank you again, Bozeman."

The Bobcats went 16-15 with an 11-9 Big Sky Conference record this past season.

On March 29, a week before Hilborn made the formal announcement that she was leaving MSU, she also made this tweet: "sometimes respect is given not earned."

Hilborn was the starting point guard for the Helena High girls basketball team for three seasons, and led the Bengals to back-to-back Class AA championships. She was named the 406mtsports.com Girls Athlete of the Year after the 2018 season.

Hilborn has not returned calls yet to clarify her tweets.

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