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Connor Dowdy

New Montana Tech transfer Connor Dowdy is a former Capital High Bruin who spent the last two seasons with Wenatchee Valley College.

Montana Tech men's basketball is adding another transfer.

Connor Dowdy, a 2016 graduate of Capital High, will be an Oredigger next season after spending two seasons at Wenatchee Valley College in Washington.

A 6-foot-7 athletic big man, Dowdy will have two years of eligibility remaining. He averaged 12.9 points, 6.3 rebounds, and 2.2 blocks last year for the Knights and has a chance to immediately contribute.

"The things that stand out right away with Connor is his ability to run the floor, he's very fast for his size and has great length," Orediggers' head coach Adam Hiatt said. "He's a tremendous shot blocker, with great timing and instincts."

His shot-blocking abilities were certainly one of the reasons he stayed on Hiatt's radar and should immediately help shore up Tech's rim protection. The Orediggers were sixth in the Frontier Conference in blocks last season.

It isn't, however, just his defensive abilities that are tantalizing to Montana Tech. Dowdy has tremendous ability around the rim and can throw down a dunk with ease.

He also shot 40 percent from behind the three-point arc and 49 percent from the field overall. The ability to hit triples is an important part of Hiatt's offense and will likely help him earn minutes.

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Capital's Connor Dowdy blocks a shot by Hellgate's Justin Koehn during a 2016 game in Missoula.

"Connor is the new generation of player in the game of basketball with his length and versatility," Hiatt said. "His ability to switch and defend and play different positions will be a big help for us."

One of Hiatt's priorities has been to add Montana players to the roster. As it stands right now, 11 players on the Orediggers' roster next season hail from the Treasure State.

"We generally know where the Montana guys are that leave and it's a priority for us to build our roster with those guys," Hiatt said. "With Connor, we went to a couple games in person throughout the season. We've been tracking him for a while now."

Tech has added six transfers since the end of last season and seems to be very comfortable with where it sits from a roster standpoint. 

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Connor Dowdy (34) lines up a free throw after being fouled in the fourth quarter against Glacier during a game in 2016.

It's an important cycle for the Orediggers. After going 13-17 last year — a six-win improvement over the 2016-17 season — the program is in prime position to take another big step forward.

If the transfers and the other freshman additions to the team work out, there's a good chance Tech could vie for a Frontier Conference title as soon as next season.

"We've improved our roster the last two recruiting cycles and we've got 10 players returning," Hiatt said. "We're excited about those guys coming in and the positive trajectory in our program.

"We're very optimistic at this point."

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Jordan Hansen covers prep and Frontier Conference sports for the Montana Standard. Shoot him an email at Jordan.Hansen@406mtsports.com or give him a shout on Twitter @jordyhansen.

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