MISSOULA — The Montana men’s basketball team got its first commitment for the class of 2019 with the addition of Josh Vazquez, a high school junior from California.

The 6-foot-3 point guard from Bishop Montgomery committed to the Griz on Friday via Twitter, capping a short recruitment that started with an offer extended to him on April 11.

“I am extremely proud to announce that I have committed to the University of Montana,” Vazquez wrote in a tweet. “I would like to take the time to thank all of the coaches that have recruited me as I will be forever grateful for your belief in me.”

Vazquez, from Torrance, California, chose the Griz over offers from Northern Arizona, UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara.

In three seasons at Bishop Montgomery, his team won the 2017 state championship in the Open Division, lost in the semifinals in 2016 and lost in the quarterfinals in 2018. The Open Division is essentially the premier classification for California’s high school teams, which are required to meet certain criteria over the past handful of years in order to qualify.

The Griz will have four scholarships available for the class of 2019 as Ahmaad Rorie, Mike Oguine, Bobby Moorehead and Jamar Akoh will exhaust their eligibility. They could have a fifth available if Donaven Dorsey doesn’t receive a medical hardship waiver to gain another year of eligibility since he missed this past season with an injury.

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Frank Gogola covers Griz men's basketball and prep sports for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at Frank.Gogola@406mtsports.com.

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