Ahmaad Rorie warms up

Montana guard Ahmaad Rorie smiles as he runs through a drill during a Montana practice in Dahlberg Arena in July.

TOMMY MARTINO, Missoulian

OGDEN, Utah — Montana junior Ahmaad Rorie is one of six players named to the Big Sky preseason all-conference team, which was announced by the league on Thursday afternoon.

Rorie joins Bogdan Bliznyuk (Eastern Washington), Geno Crandall (North Dakota), Jordan Davis (Northern Colorado) and Victor Sanders (Idaho) on the all-conference preseason team. Montana State junior Tyler Hall is the preseason MVP.

In his first season playing for the Griz, Rorie started all 31 contests in 2016-17, leading the team in minutes (32.5 average), field goals (192), three-point field goals (63), free-throw makes (100), assists (97) and points (17.6 per game).

He earned second-team All-Big Sky recognition and was the Carl E. Dragstedt Award winner as the team's MVP. Rorie led the league with a 2.1 assist-to-turnover ratio as Montana posted the 12th-fewest turnovers in all of NCAA Division I.

Rorie is a communications major and a native of Tacoma, Washington. He began his collegiate career at Oregon, redshirted in 2015-16, per NCAA transfer rules, before showing Griz fans his talents a year later.

— UM sports information

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