Pair of Griz hoopsters transferring elsewhere


MISSOULA, Mont. - The Montana Grizzly basketball team made some unexpected changes to the roster this week as two players announced they will be transferring out of Missoula.

The bigger name of the two is guard Keron DeShields who just finished his junior season with Montana and earned an honorable mention for all-Big Sky Conference honors at guard.

This past season DeShields started all but two games for Montana and finished third on the team in scoring at almost 12 points per game. He also was second on the team in assists with 2.5 per game.

DeShields does not know yet where he will be transferring to for this next school year. UM head coach Wayne Tinkle said it's his hope that DeShields can redshirt somewhere next year and then have a great senior season while also being sure to finish up his college degree.

Also leaving the Montana program is Columbia Falls native Nick Emerson, who walked onto the Griz back during the 2011-2012 season and eventually earned scholarship help.

Over the past two years Emerson saw limited action and played in 23 games for the Griz. He scored six total points last season.

Emerson has two years of eligibility left and is headed to Lewis-Clark State for next season where he will compete for the Warriors at the NAIA level.