UMW News BureauUniversity of Montana Western head men’s basketball Coach Steve Keller announced the signing of Keegan McCarthy, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Butte, Mont., to a Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent. By Lowell Peterson [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="263" caption="Keegan McCarthy"][/caption] University of Montana Western head men’s basketball Coach Steve Keller announced the signing of Keegan McCarthy, a 6-foot-6 senior forward from Butte, Mont., to a Frontier Conference/NAIA Letter of Intent. “We are excited Keegan has decided to join our basketball program at Montana Western,” Keller said. “Keegan has improved his game drastically in the last two years and we expect him to continue that progress. Keegan can shoot the three as well as get to the rim and he is long and athletic, which will help him on the defensive end.” McCarthy played for coach Brodie Kelly at Butte Central High School on a team that finished the season with an overall record of 13-8. In 18 regular season games this past season, McCarthy averaged 13.1 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. He made 81-173 (.468) field goals, 27-66 (.409) three point shots and 46-74 (.622) free throw attempts. McCarthy also blocked 38 shots (2.1 per game) and was selected to the Southwestern A All-Conference first team. Coach Kelly has seen the improvement McCarthy made over the past two seasons and believes he can be an impact player at the college level. “Keegan worked extremely hard to become a college-caliber basketball player,” Kelly said. “With the combination of his work ethic and potential, I think he will become a great player for the Montana Western Bulldogs.” McCarthy is the son of Bob and Carrie McCarthy and plans to major in business administration at Montana Western.