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Anaconda’s Trent Mikalatos has ended his college recruitment and signed with the Montana Western basketball team.

A 6-foot-7 forward averaged 13 points per game last season and led the team in 3-pointers made, with 33. Over his two-year varsity career he’s scored 487 points. Last season he was named to the Class B all-state team.

“I was excited to receive their offer,” Mikalatos said in a release. “Western has one of the best coaches and programs currently in the NAIA. I felt very welcomed when I was visiting and I’m glad to finally get to live my dream of playing college basketball.”

Mikalatos had interest from other Frontier Conference schools after a productive summer with the Idaho Select AAU basketball program. He was also coming off a year in which Anaconda made the Class B state title game, falling 54-51 to Malta.

The Copperheads ended the season with a 17-10 record, the best overall finish in 27 years.

A talented wide receiver on the football field, Mikalatos is simply a freak athlete. Still 17, Mikalatos turns 18 in July and Western wants him to be able to spend time developing next season. 

“Our plan is to redshirt Trent next year,” Keller said in a release. “He is young. We project him to be a 3-4 in our system. I believe Trent is going to be a very good player in the Frontier Conference and look forward to watching him develop.”

Several former Anaconda prep athletes have gone on to have productive careers with Western, most recently All-Frontier conference forward Tyler Hurley who played for the Bulldogs from 2009-12. Jared Smithson, who finished his career in 2011 also played for Keller.

Copperheads’ Jim Stergar and Kevin Jovanovich also suited up for Western.

Keller feels Mikalatos is good fit for the Bulldogs and seems there’s quite a bit of hope for his development as a player,

“We feel like Trent’s best basketball years are down the road,” Keller said in a release. “Trent is 6-7, long and athletic and has the ability to shoot the 3-point shot. He is a very good rebounder and shot blocker. We are extremely excited he has decided to join our program.”

Jordan Hansen covers prep and Frontier Conference sports for the Montana Standard. Shoot him an email at or give him a shout on Twitter @jordyhansen.


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