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Lee Camel dribble versus Alicia Camel

Lee Camel (right) plays one-on-one with her cousin Alicia before a Ronan basketball practice in 2017. Lee has joined the Lady Griz as a walk on.

MISSOULA — Former Ronan athletic standout Lee Camel has joined the Montana women's basketball team as a walk on.

Camel made the announcement on her Facebook page Tuesday. She is already a member of the Montana track and field team, where she is listed as a thrower but has competed in the long jump.

An all-state selection in basketball and volleyball, the 5-foot-10 Camel posted the following on Facebook:

"Beyond blessed with this opportunity I was given to walk on the Lady Griz basketball team! Thanks to everyone that supported & helped me get to this point."

Camel, who graduated from high school in 2017, was named all-state in basketball three years in a row. She is the daughter of former UM basketball players Malia Kipp and JR Camel.

Kipp was the first Native American woman from Montana to play NCAA Division I hoops when she played for the Lady Griz. Camel led Hellgate to a perfect season in 1993.

In her senior season of high school, the forward averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 boards per game. She also averaged over four assists and three steals per contest and was rock-solid as a defender.

Bill Speltz,

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Bill Speltz is the Deputy Sports Editor of the Missoulian. Email him at