Casper College Basketball - Mens

Casper College's Amin Adamu soars in for a dunk during the T-Birds' game against Central Wyoming College on Jan. 9 at Swede Erickson Thunderbird Gym.

Amin Adamu is following Dan Russell to Montana State. Adamu, a sophomore at Casper College, made his decision Wednesday to continue his basketball career with the Bobcats.

Adamu will have a familiar face awaiting him in Bozeman, Montana, in Russell, the former Casper College head basketball coach who accepted an assistant coaching job at Montana State earlier this month.

Casper College men's hoops coach Dan Russell takes assistant job at Montana State

The 6-foot-4 Adamu averaged 15.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game this past season for the Thunderbirds. He started a team-high 33 games and shot 58.7 percent from the field and 78.9 percent from the free-throw line.

The slashing wing was named to the Region IX all-tournament team after averaging 14.5 points per game during the T-Birds’ run to the title. Adamu finished his Casper College career by scoring 14 points in the T-Birds’ loss to Cleveland State Community College in the opening round of the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Tournament.

Adam, who played one year at Western Wyoming Community College before transferring to Casper College, helped lead the T-Birds (32-3) to a No. 6 national ranking and the program’s first Region IX title in 23 years.

The London native is the sixth T-Bird to sign with a Division I program, joining Isaac Bonton (Washington State), Wilfried Likayi (New Mexico State), Broc Finstuen and James Hampshire (University of Pacific) and Zion Tordoff (Marist College). Reserve guard Keiron Godwin signed with DII Winona State.

Montana State was 15-17 overall and 11-9 in the Big Sky Conference last season.

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Sports Editor

Jack Nowlin returned to the Star-Tribune in 2007 after eight years covering Michigan State University athletics. A Wyoming native, and a graduate of Jeffrey City High School and the University of Wyoming, Jack serves as the Star-Tribune’s sports editor.

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