MONTANA STATE SPORTS INFORMATION & SKYLINE SPORTS
Keljin Blevins, a 6-foot-6 forward formerly of Southern Miss, is transferring to Montana State, Bobcat men’s basketball coach Brian Fish announced on Wednesday.
Blevins arrives in the fall as with two years of eligibility to use over three seasons. The junior will redshirt in 2016-17 to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements.
“Keljin is a 6-6 athlete,” said Fish, “and I love his work ethic. He comes to the gym every day to get better every day and he’s the type of athlete that does very, very well in the Big Sky Conference. I’m excited to work with him, and excited that he’s part of the Bobcat family.”
Originally from Hot Springs, Arkansas, Blevins played in 29 games for the Eagles as a sophomore, starting 24. He averaged 5.8 points and 3.4 rebounds a game, with 21 assists and blocked seven shots last season. As a freshman in 2014-15, he played in 25 games, starting 13, averaging 1.8 points and 1.8 rebounds.
He prepped at Bishop O’Connell High School in Arlington, Virginia, earning 2014 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference All-Met Elite Honorable Mention honors. In 2012-13 he was all-state, all-county and all-conference, and was also all-county and all-conference in 2011-12.
Blevins made an official visit to Montana State late last week.
Blevins will be the seventh new player on the Bobcats’ roster next season. Fish added forward Joe Mvuelzo (Miami Dade), guard Devonte Klines (Saddleback Community College) and center Benson Osayande (Casper College) from the junior college ranks. All three will be eligible right away. Fish also added Utah Valley transfer forward Konner Frey, a 6-foot-6 combo player who has an appeal into the NCAA to forego sitting out next season. Fish also signed Oslo, Norway point guard Harald Frey and Chandler, Arizona stretch four Devin Kirby from the prep ranks.
MSU loses All-Big Sky point guard Marcus Colbert and forward Danny Robison to graduation from last season’s 14-17 squad. Last spring, junior guard Stephan Holm and junior center Shy Blake left the program. Sophomore Quinn Price retired because of complications from knee surgery. Junior guard Nahjee Matlock is transferring to Alaska-Fairbanks to play for former MSU head coach Mick Durham.
Last week, junior forward Tyson Kanseyo asked for his release so he could explore a transfer. He said he desired more playing time.
MSU returns five contributors from last season’s squad, including Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year Tyler Hall.