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Jesse Sims, left, of Stevensville and Nico Graham of Missoula Big Sky struggle for a rebound during a game last season. Sims is one reason Stevi is the co-favorite to win the Southwestern A.

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Stevensville multi-sport athlete Jesse Sims has transferred Bitterroot schools and is now attending Corvallis High School, multiple sources confirmed to the Missoulian on Tuesday.

Sims, a 6-foot-4 junior, was the most valuable player of last year’s State A tournament, when Stevensville claimed its first state championship.

He averaged 13.2 points for the Jackets last winter, and was scoring 11.2 points per game through five contests for Stevi (3-2) this season while appearing in each of the team’s games, including the Jackets’ loss to Class AA Sentinel on Saturday.

Sims, who began classes at Corvallis this week, will not be eligible to play varsity basketball with the Blue Devils this year, per Montana High School Association rules.

According to regulations of the MHSA, the governing body of Montana prep athletics, a transfer student is ineligible to participate in varsity play for 90 days from the date of the new enrollment. There are exceptions to the rule, but sources confirmed the 90-day grace period will apply to Sims.

The Class A boys’ basketball season ends March 8 with the state tournament, less than nine weeks away.

Stevensville boys’ basketball plays at Corvallis on Thursday.

Sims is also a standout in football – the defensive end and tight end has already drawn six scholarship offers to play football from Montana, Montana State, Colorado State, Oregon State, Idaho and Toledo, according to Rivals.com.

–Missoulian

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