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.
It’s the first offer from a Division I school for Samuelson, who also currently holds an offer from Division II Montana State Billings.
“I just feel blessed for both of the offers I’ve received,” Samuelson said.
Samuelson’s AAU team, Anthony Davis Select, just wrapped up a tournament in Seattle. They lost in the semifinals to the eventual champion.
Samuelson said he was also contacted by Seattle University, Columbia (N.Y) University and Santa Clara (Calif.) University following that tournament. He’s received phone calls and text messages from Air Force, Boise State, Denver, Idaho, Mary (N.D.), Montana State and Wyoming, as well.
The Anthony Davis Select team is based out of Idaho. Samuelson, Billings Skyview’s Kendal Manuel and Missoula Hellgate’s Tres Tinkle are the only Montanans on the team. Tinkle did not play at the tournament in Seattle, as he was at the LeBron James Skills Academy in Las Vegas.
Anthony Davis Select will be playing in Anaheim this weekend and Las Vegas next weekend.
Per NCAA rules, coaches are permitted to evaluate recruits during two more windows this month. They are not allowed to have in-person contact with players or their parents, but can contact them via phone calls, text messages and email.