HELENA -- Missoula Sentinel point guard Sam Beighle, the No. 5 scorer in Class AA boys basketball last season, announced his commitment to Carroll College on Thursday via Twitter.
“Excited to announce I have committed to play basketball at Carroll College,” Beighle wrote in the tweet.
Saints coach Carson Cunningham confirmed the commitment.
“We’re thrilled to call Sam Beighle a Fighting Saint,” Cunningham said. “He had a massive junior season and was particularly monstrous in the State tournament. He’s a whipper-snapper in the lecture hall and strong and poised on the hardwood. The young man loves to compete. I dig that. I think Carroll fans will, too.
Beighle, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard, scored 16.5 points per game over the course of 21 games for Sentinel, helping him earn All-State recognition as a junior. He also pulled down 6.5 rebounds per game and dished out 2.05 assists and recorded 1.67 steals per night. Beighle led AA in 3-pointers made with 53. He made 38 percent of his 3s on the season. He also shot 88 percent from the free-throw line, the second best mark in AA.
Sentinel finished 11-12 overall last season, going 8-4 in conference. The Spartans qualified for the AA boys basketball tournament, but fell in a closely contested first-round game against Billings Skyview, 54-52. In consolation play, Sentinel fell to Billings West, 55-47.
Beighle was also selected for the AA All-Tournament team last year. In his two games at there, Beighle had the highest scoring average as he put up 26 points per game, 6 rebounds and shot 57 percent from the field and 58 percent from the 3-point line. He also finished with a 93 percent mark from the free-throw line.