FUTURE THUNDERBIRDS: From left, Solomon Garter, Brayden Uses Arrow and Montel Carlow.


BISMARCK (UTN) – Three Standing Rock athletes are headed to United Tribes Technical College to fulfill their dream of playing college basketball.

Brayden Uses Arrow and Montel Carlow of Solen High School and Solomon Garter, who played for Bismarck High during the 2016-17 season, have signed letters to attend college at UTTC and play for the Thunderbirds.

“If there’s one thing I really want to emphasize, it’s to have local players who can succeed as athletes and as students in the classroom,” said Pete Conway, UTTC Athletic Director and Head Men’s Basketball Coach. “These three meet that standard. I wanted to make it a priority to have them here at United Tribes.”

Garter is a 6’5” forward, averaging 13 points and 6 rebounds per game for BHS. Carlow is a 6’1” guard who was named to the District 9 All-District team. And Uses Arrow, a 6’2 guard, is the District 9 Athlete of the Year and on the All-District team.

Garter and Uses Arrow are enrolled at Standing Rock and Carlow at Oglala.

Carlow and Uses Arrow are teammates at Solen. Along with Garter, the three had worked-out together and played in many off-season tournaments.

“The closeness they’ve developed on and off the court can only help the Thunderbirds in the future,” said Conway. “They can add to the closeness we have as a team.”

Conway tipped his hat to the programs that produced them.

“We get players from a lot of different programs and we can tell when they come from a good one,” he said. “It makes our job easier as coaches.”

He complimented the many well-wishers who attended a letter-of-intent signing at UTTC on February 28.

“One thing I hope they do is thank everyone because they didn’t do it themselves,” Conway said. “They realize it takes people helping along the way. All the friends and family have had a hand in helping them achieve the dream of playing college basketball.”

That included their coach at Solen High School, Jeff Brandt, also at the signing.

“I’ve gotten to know all three of these young men and I’m really proud of them achieving the goal to play college ball,” said Brandt. “For coach Conway to look for local kids with high character for his program, he couldn’t have picked three better individuals.”

Welcoming them into the Thunderbird family, Conway said the staff will take care of them and work with the families to develop them into young, outstanding men both on and off the court.

Brandt added that it’s good for everyone in the area to be able to see them play over the next two years at United Tribes.

More Info: Pete Conway, UTTC Athletic Director/Head Men’s Basketball Coach, 701-221-1362, 406-281-2003 (c), pconway@uttc.edu.


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