Big-time games are made for big-time players. That was only part of the story Thursday night.
Jim Wilsey, the Billings Senior boys basketball coach, has a general idea of what goes on in the Billings West locker room at halftime. He can’t be specific, but he knows there’s something besides the routine adjustments.
Eight Montana high school athletes, including Billings West’s Jared Samuelson, have been nominated to play in the 2015 McDonald’s All-American game.
LAUREL — The crowd was expecting a dunk. Danny Betcher found a more efficient way to get two points.
Laurel’s regular-season Eastern A winning streak ended at 24 games with a loss at Hardin last weekend. But for the Locomotives, it was more of a relief than anything.
MISSOULA -- Maddy Shaide made things rough on the Billings West girls Saturday, but the Golden Bear boys got it done without even having to go to Jared.
There are some really good basketball players in Montana right now.
Billings West seniors Danny Betcher, Jared Samuelson and Mitch Brott preview the Bears' 2014-15 basketball season.
MISSOULA — Jared Samuelson of Billings West signed a national letter of intent on Wednesday to join the men’s basketball program at Montana.
Billings West senior-to-be Jared Samuelson committed to play college basketball at the University of Montana.
Billings West forward Jared Samuelson, who averaged 19.1 points and 6.8 rebounds per game last season, committed to play college basketball at the University of Montana on Sunday.
Jared Samuelson didn’t want his college basketball future to overshadow his senior year of high school.
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.
Jared Samuelson, a senior-to-be at Billings West, concluded his AAU career with three July tournaments while playing for Anthony Davis Select. "There are a lot of good players out there," he said, "and it's awesome to have the opportunity to go out there and represent Montana."
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.
Jared Samuelson of Billings West and Kendal Manuel of Billings Skyview were named to USA Today’s 2013-14 All-USA Montana boys basketball team.
Jared Samuelson, a 6-foot-7 senior-to-be at Billings West, picked up a scholarship offer to play college basketball at the University of Montana.