Lexi Deden

Missoula Sentinel forward Lexi Deden (24) attempts to go in for a layup against Helena Capital defenders Dani Bartsch (40) and Mashayla O'Malley during a game this past winter in Helena. Deden, a senior-to-be, has verbally committed to play basketball on scholarship for the Montana State Bobcats.

MISSOULA — Lexi Deden, an all-state basketball standout for Missoula Sentinel, has verbally committed to play for Montana State starting in the 2020-21 season.

A 6-foot-1 forward who averaged about 15 points per game last winter as a junior, Deden was offered a scholarship by Bobcats veteran coach Tricia Binford.

"It's a great opportunity getting to play for MSU and stay in my home state of Montana," Deden told 406mtsports.com. "I want to become an engineer, so Montana State is a great place for me.

"Tricia (Binford) has been awesome. I proved myself to her at her camp."

Deden's story is inspirational because she has fought back from a brutal knee injury as a freshman. A good number of schools showed interest in her basketball talents, including Montana, Idaho State, Air Force, Cal Poly and Eastern Washington.

Deden is a versatile player who can play anywhere from small forward to post. She ranked in the top five in Montana in points, rebounds and steals this past season.

Bill Speltz

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Bill Speltz is the Deputy Sports Editor of the Missoulian. Email him at bill.speltz@406mtsports.com.

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