Nick Emerson and Keron DeShields won't be returning to Montana in 2014-15
Big Sky champion Grizzlies and 19th-ranked Orange (26-9) square off on the hardwood first time on Thursday
Montana (24-6) and Weber State (26-5) are playing for the championship for second season in a row
No. 1-seed Montana won the regular-season conference championship with a 19-1 record
Griz control their own destiny and can win the conference championship outright with a win
Montana vs. Montana State (3/3/14)
Montana vs. Southern Utah (3/1/14)
Montana vs. Idaho State (2/22/14)
Montana vs. Weber State (2/20/14)
Montana vs. Eastern Washington (2/8/14)
MONTANA: Keron will compete for a starting job and will definitely see plenty of action this season.
2012-13: He played in 31 games and started in nine, averaging 21.4 minutes per contest...he was the Grizzlies' sixth leading scorer at 6.6 points per game, and third in assists with 1.8 assists per contest.
OF NOTE: Keron recenyly changed his jersey number from 20 to 15 to honor and a good friend and high school teammate, John Crowder, who was shot and killed at the age of 17 in July of 2010.
2011-12: He played in 27 games as a true freshman.
HIGH SCHOOL: He attended Vermont Academy in Saxtons River, Vermont, as a senior...prep coach at Vermont Academy was Jesse Bopp...Wildcats were 17-14 and earned a berth in the NEPSAC AA playoffs his senior season...he averaged a team-high 20 points a game and 5.0 assists per game, and was a first team all-conference selection as a senior...he was a part-time starter at Towson Catholic High School in Baltimore as a sophomore, but that school closed its doors and he moved on to St. Vincent Pallotti High School in Laurel, Maryland...was a starter and all-league player at St. Vincent Pallotti, where he averaged 22 points, 7 assists, and 5 rebounds per contest...scored a career-high 35 points in one game as a junior.
PERSONAL: His major is undecided at this time. His parents are Angel Hammond and Mike Lloyd of Baltimore.
QUOTING COACH TINKLE ON KERON: "There is no one since I have been here who works harder than him. Even when we're not in the gym he's always in there working on his game.
"We've talked to him about maturity and leadership now that he's an upperclassmen. He's really going to have to do that for us to be successful this year, and he's off to a great start.
"He's a guy who wants to be a scorer, and wants to contribute that way, and I think he needs to take that pressure off of himself here early and just run our team. He needs to be our spearhead offensively and run the show on offense, and let things come to him a little bit. We are really pleased with his work ethic and the start he has got off to his junior year."
KERON'S CAREER HIGHS
Points: 17 at Montana St., 3/12/13 & 17at Colorado St., 11/9/12
Rebounds: 5 in Two Games
Field goals: 3 vs. Long Beach St., 11/26/11 & 3 at North Dakota, 11/23/11
Field goal attempts: 5 at Oregon St., 12/4/11 & 5 at North Dakota, 11/23/11
3-point field goals: 3 at North Dakota, 11/23/11
3-point field goal attempts: 4 at North Dakota, 11/23/11
Free throws: 3 vs. Idaho State, 2/6/12
Free throw attempts: 4 vs. Idaho State, 2/6/12
Assists: 2 vs. Idaho State, 2/6/12
Blocks: 1 vs. Portland State, 12/28/11
Steals: 1 in Four Games
Minutes played: 17 at North Dakota, 11/23/11
Favorite Food: Hot dogs and beans.
Favorite class: History of Rock & Roll.
Favorite book: Of Mice and Men.
Favorite TV show: Walking Dead.
Favorite musical group: Dreamchasers.
Favorite movie: Think Like A man.
The person in history I would most like to meet is: Martin Luther King.
Favorite sport other than basketball: Soccer.
Favorite sports figure: Carmelo Anthony.
Favorite NBA team: New York Knicks.
Hobbies/Special Interests: Dominoes.
Not many people know this, but I: use lunch boxes.
My greatest moment in sports was: Big Sky Back to Back.
The best player I ever faced was: Brandon Jennings..
The thing I like best about Montana basketball is: Team, Fans, the Coaches.
The thing that impresses me about Coach Tinkle: His love for the game.
My advice to youngsters is: Stay positive and hungry.
My future goals are: NBA!!
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