UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head men’s basketball coach Steve Keller announced the signing of Bryson Smith, Colin Hollow and Zane Tams to Frontier Conference/NAIA Letters of Intent. By Lowell Peterson University of Montana Western head men’s basketball coach Steve Keller announced the signing of Bryson Smith, Colin Hollow and Zane Tams to Frontier Conference/NAIA Letters of Intent. “All three players come from successful, well-coached Montana high school teams and will get the opportunity to develop their skills further while adding depth to the Bulldog basketball program,” Keller said. Smith, a 6-foot-3 wing, played for coach Guy Almquist at Capital High School in Helena, Mont. The Bruins tied for first in the AA Western Conference with a 10-2 record, were 17-8 overall and finished in fourth place at the AA state tournament. During his senior season, Smith averaged 8.3 points per game, made 45-131 (.344) three-point attempts and was 28-35 (.800) from the free throw line. His 45 made three-point field goals ranked second in Montana AA basketball last season. “Bryson worked hard the past few years to prepare himself physically and mentally for college basketball,” Almquist said. “His love of the game and ability to stretch defenses should be an asset at Montana Western.” Smith is the son of Shawn and Karla Smith and plans to major in business administration at Montana Western. Both of Smith's parents were former Bulldogs; his father played basketball and his mother played volleyball at Montana Western. Hollow, a 5-foot-10 point guard, played for coach Brodie Kelly at Class A Butte Central High School in Butte, Mont. on a team that finished the season with an overall record of 13-8. In 18 regular season games, Hollow averaged 11.6 points and 2.7 assists per game. He made 35-88 (.398) three-point shots and 61-75 (.813) free throw attempts. Hollow started every game at point guard for the Maroons since his sophomore year and was selected to the Southwestern A All-Conference second team this past season. Over the past three seasons, Hollow helped lead Butte Central to two divisional championships and a third-place finish at the state Class A basketball tournament in 2011. “Colin has been a great leader in our program for the past three years,” Kelly said. “His ability to read plays and make the right decision makes him an outstanding point guard. I am excited that Colin has the opportunity to play at the next level.” Hollow is the son of Bill and Kate Hollow and plans to major in education at Montana Western. Tams, a 5-foot-11 guard/post, played for coach Shane Brown at Class C Lincoln High School in Lincoln, Mont. The Lynx finished with an overall record of 18-5 in 2011-12. Tams led the Lynx in scoring last season with 454 points in 23 games. He averaged 19.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.3 steals per game. Tams made 168-359 (.468) field goals, 43-123 (.350) three-point shots and 75-92 (.815) free throw attempts. He was an all-conference selection all four years in high school, earning first team All-Conference and All-State honors his senior year. “Zane played post for most of his high school career, but I have been waiting to move him to guard all that time,” Brown said. “I have never had a player work as hard as Zane, so he proved to be very effective from the post position. As a guard he was my best shooter this year and could also create with his dribbling and passing skills.” Tams is the son of Tony and Kathy Tams and plans to major in biology at Montana Western. His sister Nicole played basketball for the Montana Western women from 2007 to 2012.
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