Charlie Keith

Manhattan Christian’s Charlie Keith will join the basketball program at Rocky Mountain College.

Charlie Keith didn’t always receive as many accolades as teammates on the court this past season for Manhattan Christian’s basketball team. But the 6-foot senior forward played a key role off the bench for the Eagles after transferring from Winnett.

Keith helped the team reach a sixth consecutive state tournament, and three weeks ago he signed paperwork to continue his playing career at Rocky Mountain College. Keith plans to start out on the Battlin’ Bears’ JV team and earn a spot to play for the varsity.

“I’ve been trying to get recruited this year and it’s kind of been a dream of mine since I’ve been little — I’ve always been playing basketball,” Keith said. “The coaches reached out to me from Rocky and I’ve always liked the college, and they have the degree that I’m interested in. So I took the opportunity and I think it will be great.”

Keith, who averaged 6.5 points and 3.8 rebounds this past season, received interest from some smaller schools out of state but wanted to remain in Montana.

He had planned to make an official campus visit prior to signing, but never got the opportunity due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, he’s familiar with Rocky’s facilities.

“I’ve been to some camps in their facilities and on their campus and everything and I’ve watched some of their games,” Keith said. “So I’ve been to some of it just never really went on an official visit, but the coaches were really nice.”

The Battlin’ Bears finished with a 7-22 record (1-17 Frontier Conference) this past season and lost to Carroll College in the first round of the conference tournament in early March.

Christian boasted a 24-3 record and reached the state C semifinals before being knock out of the four-day tournament on Day 3. Then the Montana High School Association canceled the consolation and championship games due to the pandemic. Still, it was an enjoyable experience for Keith.

“I think overall it was really good, especially for me coming in and getting to meet all these new people. It’s just such a great program that they have going here. I was really blessed to be a part of that,” he said. “They all had their eye set on the championship and so did I. A little disappointing, but I guess no one got to play in the championship.”