BILLINGS — Billings Central senior Malachi Stewart has committed to Carroll College for both basketball and golf, he told The Billings Gazette and on Friday.

Stewart received a scholarship offer for golf but not for basketball, he said, so he'll try to walk on to the Saints' men's hoops team in 2021-22. He didn't hear from other schools, either, and he's wary of the workload he'll be faced with in Helena. None of that dampens his excitement for the opportunity to play the sports he loves at the next level.

"I’m still pumped," Stewart said. "I’ve played both of those for my entire life."

Stewart believes he's better at basketball and might have focused on that if he had been offered a scholarship, but he wasn't quite ready to quit golf.

"They’re both just an outlet," he said. "Golf’s relaxing and it’s more individual. Basketball, I get that team connection, being part of a family."

Stewart helped the Rams win the Class A boys basketball state championship last month. The guard averaged around 10 points, five rebounds and three assists per game during the season, and he earned a first-team all-Southeast A selection.

"Malachi brings a winning attitude to us from a great high school program," Carroll head men's basketball coach Kurt Paulson said in a press release. "Malachi is that player who makes baskets, rebounds, defends and brings a toughness to the court. He can do a little bit of everything."

"He will fit in well with our players," Paulson added. "He is one of the best guards in the state, and we look forward to coaching him."

In the fall, Stewart placed third at the Eastern A Divisional boys golf tournament with a score of 79 and 32nd at the State A tourney with a pair of 89s, 32 strokes behind the winner.

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