Montana State announces player signings

Montana State has announced the signing of a group of basketball players here is their anouncement.  I should have more later.jf7886ciuatg5r7f6fk08tfp2

Montana State added size and versatility on Thursday, enhancing its in-state and international presence at the same time, Bobcat coach Brad Huse announced. The Bobcats signed a pair of France natives and also landed two Treasure State walk-ons.

Center Michel Swita transfers to MSU from North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene, while guard Marco Bougault joins the Bobcats from Europe Shuman School in France. Whitefish’s Colt Idol and Steven Davis from Billings Skyview join the MSU program as recruited walk-ons.

“We’re excited about this group as players and students,” Huse said. “Each has proven academic success, and that’s exciting. They’re each good players we expect to have a positive impact on our program.”

Borgault brings good size and offensive punch to the Bobcat backcourt. The 6-5, 200 lb guard comes to MSU from Saint Malo, France. “Marco is a big guard who can really shoot the basketball,” Huse said. “That was a priority for us in this recruiting class. He has played some point guard, and has good size for a freshman. He has proven to be a very good offensive player, which will be valuable to us early in his career.”

Swita, at 7-0, 270 lbs, saw little playing time last year at NIC due to injuries. The Paris native arrives at MSU as a sophomore. “At first look Michel brings legitimate size to go with Cody (Anderson) at the five,” Huse said. “It will take Michel some time to get back into playing again. It was frustrating for him that his playing opportunities were limited last year, but we’ll get him into it early next season. He has good hands, he runs the floor, and he has a body that can handle physical play. The kicker for us is that he has three years of eligibility.”

The brother of Montana State football player Leo Davis, Steven Davis is a 6-7, 225 lb forward who averaged 10.4 points and 5.4 rebounds while blocking 29 shots at Billings Skyview. “Steven is proven as an effective low post player with a body type that will allow him to get stronger,” Huse said. “He’s crafty around the basket, has good hands, and having another low post player in practice will really help us. He’s a hungry player who is an elite student from a great family, and he will help our program.”

Idol averaged 20.3 points at Whitefish High as a senior. The 6-3, 200 lb guard earned all-state honors for the third straight year, and was a Great Falls Tribune Superstate choice, as well. “Colt has proven that he is one of the top athletes in the state and a very good basketball player,” Huse said. “His best basketball is ahead of him. I hope he comes in and proves that he can compete at this level. It’s a matter of getting the reps and experience that he needs to adapt to the physical level and pace of Division I basketball. Colt is a great kid and a great student.”

Huse said that while adding a pair of players from France is a coincidence, adding two top Montana prep players isn’t. “There was no connection between Michel and Marco coming,” Huse said. “We’re happy to have them both, but we didn’t get one because we signed the other.

“We are very happy to add two players from Montana,” he continued. “Recruiting good players from Montana is a high priority, and we’re very happy to add Colt and Steven as players and as people.”


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