UW men's basketball: Montana's 7-foot center played quarterback in high school

2012-03-14T20:00:00Z 2012-03-29T22:02:09Z UW men's basketball: Montana's 7-foot center played quarterback in high schoolJIM POLZIN | Wisconsin State Journal | jpolzin@madison.com | 608-252-6473 | @JimPolzinWSJ madison.com

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It might be hard to imagine, but Montana’s 7-foot center, senior Derek Selvig, played quarterback on his high school football team.

“It wasn’t pretty,” said Grizzlies coach Wayne Tinkle, whose team will face the University of Wisconsin men's basketball team in a second-round NCAA tournament game Thursday.

“He’s a great athlete. And he was 6-9 at the time, but they threw a lot of swing passes — I’ll put it that way. They didn’t want him in the backfield very long, so they got it out of his hands pretty quickly.”

Selvig said he vaguely remembers receiving a phone call from the Badgers during the recruiting process, but there was little doubt he was going to play at Montana.

His father, Doug, is eighth in Grizzlies history in assists and his mother, Anita, is ranked among the Lady Griz all-time leaders in points and rebounds. Robin Selvig, Derek’s uncle, is the women’s basketball coach at Montana and one of his players is Carly Selvig, Derek’s younger sister.

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