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MISSOULA, Montana — Timmy Falls will not play for the Montana Griz men’s basketball team next season.

The electric, enigmatic combo guard and senior-to-be for the University of Montana has stepped away from the UM program heading into his senior season, sources with direct knowledge of the situation confirmed to Skyline Sports over the last two weeks. Falls has spent the last three years as a contributor on a Montana squad that piled up 70 victories and advanced to the two most recent NCAA Tournaments.

Last season, the 6-foot-2 slasher started 27 games during Montana’s 18-13 campaign, averaging 6.6 points, 2.8 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game for a team that finished third in the Big Sky Conference regular-season standings. Falls played 29.6 minutes per game and shot 41.6 percent from the floor.

Falls did not return messages providing the chance to comment on the situation.

Although he will not play for Montana this upcoming season, Falls has not entered the NCAA Transfer Portal nor officially retired from college basketball. One source said there is a chance he could return for a fifth and final season in 2021. Falls still has a redshirt to use at Montana.

During the most recent off-season, Montana’s roster has seen a slew of additions at the guard positions. Last fall, UM signed Robby Beasley and Brandon Whitney, a pair of explosive guards from Southern California. In recent months, Montana also landed Sacred Heart transfer Cameron Parker and NAU transfer Cameron Satterwhite, each who have extensive starting experience at the Division I level.

Former Utah guard Naseem Gaskin sat out last season at Montana and is expected to compete for time in the backcourt with the newcomers along with returning sophomores Josh Vazquez and Eddie Egun.

During his Griz career, Falls earned a reputation as a fan favorite for his flashy yet sometimes erratic playing style. His ability to ignite the Grizzlies’ fast breaks and his ability to create for his teammates earned him much fanfare from the Dahlberg Arena faithful. Falls, a player the Griz coaching staff considered one of their best on-ball defenders, also had a propensity for jawing at officials, another part of his appeal.

Montana sophomore Timmy Falls plays defense against Weber State/ by Jason Bacaj

All told, Falls has played in 97 games for the Grizzlies, starting 35. He averaged 22.1 minutes per game over the last three seasons, including 20 minutes per contest during Montana’s march to the Big Dance during Falls’ sophomore year. Falls scored 502 points, averaging 5.2 per game. He averaged 2.2 assists and 1.6 rebounds per contest during those 97 games. He received the Ryan Dick Award as the program’s most improved player following his freshman season.

During his time at Dublin High School in the Bay Area, Falls earned East Bay Athletic League MVP honors. He was a first-team All-Metro selection after helping the Gales to a 29-5 record. The 2016-17 MaxPreps All-Northern California third team selection chose Montana over offers from San Jose State and Weber State coming out of high school.

Photos by Brooks Nuanez. All Rights Reserved.

About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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