HELENA — Between his junior and senior seasons, Helena Capital High boys basketball player Brady Martin was determined to build himself into a college-level athlete.

Martin, who admitted he wasn't quite where he needed to be during his junior season, will now extend his basketball career to sign with the University of Providence in Great Falls.

Martin is part of a wave of Helena players signing with the Argos. Martin will join Helena's Conner Murgel on the team, and Helena's Payton and Paige Aasved will also join Martin in Great Falls on the women's team.

"It's always been a kid's dream, and one of mine, and it's a great experience for me this year," Martin said. "Last year, I didn't know if I was going to be able to play college basketball."

Martin said he continued to work to cultivate his skills to make it to the next level.

"I had to work (hard), get my shooting better, get in shape, and just be ready for next season," Martin said in preparation for his senior season with the Bruins. "I had gained a lot of confidence over the season. I am getting better as a player, and working on the basic stuff that I need to improve myself."

Martin, who plans to study dentistry at Providence, is just a coachable player, according to Bruins coach Guy Almquist.

"Brady had an incredible senior season for us, excelling on both ends of the court," Almquist said. "He is still a young kid at age 17 and is just now maturing both physically and emotionally. That maturation combined with a lot of hard work in the off season propelled him to a first-team all-state selection and a great opportunity to extend his playing career at the University of Providence."

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Jason Blasco is the lead prep sports reporter for the Helena Indepedent-Record and a sports reporter for the 406mtsports.com network.


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