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Zach Schacht

Billings Skyview's Zach Schacht (35) falls into Billings Central's Chrishon Dixon (3) during a crosstown game in January. 

MISSOULA — Billings Skyview senior-to-be Zach Schacht isn’t a commit in the Montana men’s basketball class of 2019, his mom, Tia Schacht, told on Saturday.

Schacht announced his commitment to UM on Instagram in April and told on June 26 that it feels “awesome” to call himself a Grizzly, and a story ran online the same day. Montana started recruiting Schacht as a freshman and eventually offered him.

Tia Schacht said her son had told Griz assistant coach Rachi Wortham he wanted to commit, but after talking to Wortham on Saturday she discovered the coaching staff couldn’t accept the commitment because of Zach’s academics. She said she was told that Zach would have to improve his grades before he could attempt to commit again.

“I’m not excited about it, but it is what it is,” she said of the situation, which she described as a miscommunication on Zach’s end because he thought the coaches had accepted his commitment.

Zach’s high school coach, Kevin Morales, talked to on June 26 about his player’s commitment, and said it was Zach who told him about the commitment.

Morales has known about Montana’s original pursuit of Zach and the scholarship offer. But in a follow-up interview Thursday he said he never double-checked with the coaches to see if the offer still stood or if the commitment had been accepted.

Schacht averaged 12.4 points, 7.7 rebounds and 2.19 blocks per game as a starter his junior season, his second year on varsity.

College coaches can’t comment on a recruit until they have signed a National Letter of Intent, per NCAA rules. 

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