MISSOULA — Jared Samuelson is coming back to the Montana men's basketball team for his final year of college eligibility, he told 406mtsports.com on Thursday night.

Samuelson has yet to sign a letter of intent but plans to enroll at Montana as a graduate transfer. He will be eligible to play immediately. 

Samuelson, a 6-foot-7 forward, began his career at Montana, redshirting his first year before contributing as a consistent role player in his lone year on the court in 2016-2017. Samuelson played in 32 games and averaged 11.5 minutes, 5.1 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. He scored a career-high 20 points against Northern Arizona on Feb. 11, 2017.

Samuelson spent the last two seasons at Rocky Mountain College in his hometown of Billings where he has since starred. This past season he was named a third-team NAIA All-American after scoring 18.5 points and grabbing 7.5 rebounds per game. He was a first-team all-Frontier Conference selection and was the preseason player of the year.

"I'm excited to end my career in a Griz jersey," Samuelson said. 

In his first year with Rocky, Samuelson was an honorable mention NAIA-All American.

Samuelson is the son of former Griz Shawn Samuelson who scored 1,293 points and grabbed 791 career rebounds. Shawn is fifth all-time in rebounds and 13th in scoring in UM history.

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Kyle Hansen covers Griz men's basketball and more for the Missoulian and 406mtsports.com. Email him at kyle.hansen@406mtsports.com or follow him on Twitter at @khansen406

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