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MISSOULA — Walk-on Trever Spoja is leaving the Montana men’s basketball team, he announced on Instagram late Monday night.

"It was one hell of ride,” Spoja wrote in the Instagram post. “Will forever be grateful to everyone who played a part in helping me live this dream."

Spoja will remain at Montana to get his degree in business marketing, he told the Missoulian. He’s on pace to graduate in May 2019.

“Decided to focus on school for my last year,” he wrote in a Twitter direct message. “Have a lot of love and pride in the program, staff and players. Just had to do what’s best for me.”

A 6-foot-3 redshirt sophomore from Billings West, Spoja tallied nine points, three rebounds, three assists, three turnovers and one block in 56 minutes this past season. As a redshirt freshman, he totaled 10 points, one assist and one turnover in 19 minutes.

Spoja is the son of former Griz standout Chris Spoja, who scored 1,111 points at Montana from 1993 to 1997.

He's the fifth player to leave from the Griz this offseason. Freshmen Karl Nicholas, Lars Espe and Admir Besovic, and sophomore Niko Bevens all announced their intent to transfer.

Senior Fabijan Krslovic will graduate and exhaust his eligibility.

Spoja’s departure won’t free up a scholarship since he’s a walk-on.

The Griz will have two scholarships available in the Class of 2018 should commits Jack Williams, a Pacific grad transfer, and Eddy Egun, a high school senior from California, sign. Bozeman senior forward Mack Anderson signed in November.

Frank Gogola covers Montana Grizzlies men's basketball for the Missoulian. Follow him on Twitter @FrankGogola or email him at


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