Missoula Hellgate coach Jeff Hays insists he didn’t lose much sleep over the Montana version of The Decision.
Billings West seniors Danny Betcher, Jared Samuelson and Mitch Brott preview the Bears' 2014-15 basketball season.
Kendal Manuel of Billings Skyview and Danny Betcher and Jared Samuelson of Billings West talk about playing in front of college coaches during summer AAU tournaments.
The spring and summer AAU circuit can eventually start to wear on athletes.
Jared Samuelson, Danny Betcher and Kendal Manuel recently returned from playing AAU basketball in Las Vegas. They talked about the competition level and the biggest challenges they faced.
Summer league basketball has taken on a life of its own for high school athletes and coaches in Montana. Not many days go by without a tournament, shoot-around or open gym for players hoping to make their impact the following basketball season.
Billings West's Danny Betcher played AAU basketball the past three summers, capping it off with Montana Hoops in Las Vegas. "It's been a fun journey," he said. "It's a good experience, I really enjoyed it."
From left, Kendal Manuel of Billings Skyview and Danny Betcher and Jared Samuelson of Billings West recently returned from playing AAU basketball in Las Vegas.
Danny Betcher recruiting video
It’s hard to make sense of the NCAA recruiting rules, but basketball coaches are entering into the first of three “evaluation periods” in July.
Angelo Villarreal wasn’t the primary option on Billings West’s last-second inbound play against Helena on Thursday night.
The best and brightest of Class AA will descend on Rimrock Auto Arena at MetraPark this weekend for the combined boys and girls state basketball tournament, which tips off Thursday morning.
BOZEMAN -- Junior guard Jared Samuelson poured in 27 points and Billings West hit the jackpot on Tuesday, holding off Bozeman 60-59 in boys basketball and securing the Eastern AA title and automatic berth to state.
BUTTE -- Billings West's boys beat Butte 69-67 in double overtime on Monday night and can clinch the Eastern AA title and a spot in the state tournament by winning at Bozeman on Tuesday afternoon.
GREAT FALLS -- The Billings West Golden Bears are all alone in first place in the Eastern AA conference.
GREAT FALLS — Lukas Vining was fouled on a shot attempt at the buzzer and hit two free throws with no time remaining Friday night to give Great Falls High a dramatic 71-70 win over Billings West in Eastern AA boys basketball.
Too much Jared Samuelson in the beginning and not enough time at the end added up to a tough loss for Billings Skyview on Tuesday night.
Danny Betcher of West dunks the ball late in the game against Skyview on February 4, 2014.
Tres Tinkle of Missoula Hellgate is widely recognized as the best player among the juniors in Montana boys prep basketball.
Billings West set an aggressive tone in the second half Saturday night, one that clearly conveyed the notion: “Not this time.”