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UMW basketball signs state’s top scorer

The University of Montana Western’s head basketball coach, Steve Keller, has announced the addition of the state’s No. 1 scorer. The Bulldogs have added Billings senior Kooper Kidgell.

Kidgell is a 6’ 2” 160 pound senior power forward from Billings Senior High School. During his senior season he averaged 22 points a game. In addition to his scoring prowess he grabbed an average of seven rebounds a game while dishing out three assists. He was voted a Montana Wyoming All-Star. Kooper was selected as a second team all-conference performer following his senior season as well. In addition to basketball he competed on the cross country team. He has earned honors in the classroom as an academic all-star selection.

“We are very excited that Kooper Kidgell has decided to join our basketball program at Montana Western. Kooper’s strength is scoring the basketball. He was the leading scorer in Class AA this past year averaging 22 per game,” said Coach Keller. “Kooper can shoot the three, pull up for the mid-range jumper, or get to the basket and draw the foul. He shot 206 free-throws for the season, which ranked him at the top of the AA. Kooper can also pass the ball and has a very high basketball IQ. We look forward to his progress at [Montana] Western.”

Kooper plans to study special education while attending classes at Montana Western. He is the son of Karson and Pam Kidgell.