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Mar
09

Were are they now, Griz that left the program


I thought I might do an update on some former Grizzlies that had left the program.

Austin Swift a 6-5 guard / forward transferred to Cal. Poly Pomona, an NCAA D2 school after the 2006-07 season. He was injured during the 2007-08 year and redshirted that year. This year Swift started out the season as a solid role player fir CPP but has really come on as the season progressed, earning a couple conference player of the week awards in January. Austin started all 27 games for CPP averaging 13 points, 5 rbs, 3 assists, 46% fg and 42% 3fg. Austin has one more year of eligibility remaining.

Eric Van Vliet was a 3 star 6-11 center coming into Montana for the 2005-06 season. Eric, a high school team-mate of Austin Swift, had sat out his high school senior year and his freshman year at Montana, with a knee injury. After redshirting year, he was kicked off the team by then coach Larry Krystowiak, when he and another guy decided to beat the heck out of a kid in the dorms. He transferred to a JC in California, and was getting a lot of attention from some mid majors, until he was arrested for his role in a California drug ring. Last I heard he was in jail waiting trial. You might catch him on MSNBC late night.

Dave Vanderjact from Australia signed with the Griz in 2006 and played sparingly for the Griz in the 2006-07 and 2007-08 seasons before transferring to Western Washington Dave has started 10 of 25 games for WWU, and averaged 5 points, 4 rebounds and 48% from the field. I have heard that the injury bug that followed him all during his years with the Griz also affected him this year. Dave has one more year of illegibility.

Sean Watson was a 6-5 small forward from Howard TX JC who signed with the Griz in 2007, but never played for the Griz. Basically, as I hear it, he got home sick for his girl friend, and left Missoula and moved back to Texas. Some how he got another year of eligibility at Howard, and played that year before signing with Binghamton College in New York(yes they are D-1) in 2008. Sean played in the first two games of this season averaging 6 points and 4 rebounds. He did not play again for them and I do not know what happened to him since. Maybe he got home sick again?

Zach Graves redshirted with the Griz in the 06-07 season and played sparingly as a freshman in 2007-08. After that season the 6-2 guard, decided to transfer to NCAA D-2 Cal State Chico in order to get more playing time. This past year Zach started 18 of 27 games while averaged 7 points, and 3 rebounds a game for Cal State Chico. Zach will have two years of eligibility left after this past year.


Cameron Rundles earned the Big Sky Conference freshman player of the year award in 2006-07, but then struggled mightily in his sophomore season for the Griz. After the 2007-08 season he decided to leave the program and transferred to Wofford University a D-1 school in Ohio. This past year Rundles sat out as a redshirt transfer, but will have two years of illegality starting nest year.

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2 Responses to “Were are they now, Griz that left the program”


  1. 1 Mslacat
    March 20, 2009 at 3:19 am

    Opps You are correct. My mistake

  2. 2 Anonymous
    March 20, 2009 at 3:08 am

    I believe Wofford is in South Carolina and not Ohio.


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