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Bulldog hoops sign two Montana recruits

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University of Montana Western head men’s basketball coach Steve Keller announced the signing of two Montana Class C players, Ben Christiaens and Devin Thomas, 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 two Montana Class C players, Ben Christiaens and Devin Thomas, to Frontier Conference/NAIA Letters of Intent. “Both Ben and Devin have good size and we look forward to seeing them continue to develop their skills at Montana Western,” Keller said. Christiaens, a 6'4" forward/post, played for coach Dan Bymaster at Broadview/Lavina High School in Broadview, Mont. During his senior season, Christiaens averaged 12.0 points and 9.2 rebounds per game and had a field goal percentage of .491. His career field goal percentage was .515 and he pulled down 498 rebounds in two-and-a-half seasons for Broadview/Lavina. “Ben is a hard-working forward with a soft shooting touch,” Bymaster said. “He rebounds well, which made Ben a very valuable player for the success of his team.” Christiaens is the son of Dean and Ann Christiaens and plans to major in modern history at Montana Western. Thomas, a 6'4" forward, played for coach Scott Marsh at Darby High School in Darby, Mont. The Tigers finished the season with an overall record of 9-12. Thomas averaged 13.3 points, 10.0 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots per game last season. He led his team in rebounds, blocked shots and field goal percentage (.518). Thomas was an honorable mention all-conference athlete as a sophomore and a second team all-conference athlete as a junior at the Class B level. He was second team all-conference (Class C) as a senior and named to the All-Valley All-Star Team as a junior and senior. “Devin was a captain for the Tigers during his senior campaign,” Marsh said. “He has the ability to be a leader through hard work, determination and competitiveness. Devin is the definition of success; to compare where he was to where he is, it’s special!” Thomas plans to major in psychology at Montana Western.