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Bobcat Men's Basketball Adds Two on Signing Day

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Montana State added young talent at both ends of the position spectrum Wednesday when an experienced point guard and an athletic big man signed National Letters-of-Intent to join the Bobcat men’s basketball program.

Harald Frey, a 6-1 guard from Oslo, Norway, and 6-11 post Devin Kirby from Chandler, Ariz., each signed National Letters-of-Intent to join the Bobcat men’s basketball program next fall. Kirby plays at Basha High School in Chandler, while Frey attended Wang Sports Academy and now plays as an amateur for Sentrum in BLNO, Norway’s top professional league.

Frey currently averages 15.2 points, 2.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 3.0 steals a game for Sentrum. He shoots 63% from the floor, 47% from three-point range, and Fish says the prototypical points guard is likely to step into a significant role at MSU next fall.

“Harald’s a little bit older than normal, he’s 19, but he’s been playing 45 games a year in a pro league the last two years, and we think that experience will pay off. A lot of times point guards can play pretty early in their (college) program because they’ve been point guards their whole life, so we’re expecting him to come in and play right away. He’s a true, conventional point guard that runs the show and shoots it very well to keep (defenses) honest.”

Kirby suffered a season-ending injury during a game early last December and missed most of his junior season. His mother Michelle Kirby played basketball at Northern Arizona, and his brother Maurice is a sophomore at Loyola Chicago. Kirby averaged seven points, five rebounds and a blocked shot a game before his injury.

“DK’s one of those players that a year ago we couldn’t even have been in the gym to watch,” Fish said. “He was the number one rated player in the state of Arizona, he’s 6-11, long and rangy, the kind of player we want up front. Our doctors looked at him and say he’s 100 percent (healthy), no higher-risk (for injury) than any other player, and we’re really excited to have him because he’s the kind of athlete that you don’t see a lot in this league.”

Both Kirby and Frey check all the boxes Fish looks for in young, foundational players for his program, he said. “I’m really excited about both of these guys,” he said. “They are both good athletes, both have good skills, and they both have great love for basketball. Harald and DK are both the type of player we want to build our program around.”

Fish indicated Frey and Kirby are the only players MSU will sign during the November signing period.

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