Eastside Catholic senior guard Mandrell Worthy committed to Montana State during an event at the school on Tuesday afternoon.
Worthy, a 6-foot-3 First-Team All-State player as a junior, made his decision Sunday after returning from a visit in Bozeman. He also considered Idaho.
“I enjoyed the coaches, I have a good relationship with them,” Worthy said. “They’re easy to talk to when I went down on my visit. I enjoyed the facilities, and the players I got to hang out with.
“And they’re a school on the rise right now ’cause Coach [Brian] Fish from Oregon coming over, so he’s coming over, this his first year. It’s kind of like a similar situation here. I took on the challenge.”
Worthy averaged 17 points, six rebounds and five assists last season in leading the Crusaders to a second-place finish at the state tournament. He’s had to play the 1-4 positions because of personnel his first three years with the program, but will slide back to his natural point guard spot this season. Worthy, and coach Bill Liley, both believe he’ll surprise people with his court vision and ability to distribute the ball.
With Worthy taking over ball-handling duties, Matisse Thybulle will be asked to take on a greater scoring presence. Thybulle, who averaged 12 points and six rebounds last season, committed to Washington on Monday evening. Thybulle has the ability to score more, but hasn’t needed to with Worthy on the court.
Worthy said he needs to work on his strength and three-point shooting before he takes the next step, but believes he will be able to play right away when he arrives at Montana State.
Fish, as well as Brandon Lincoln, who was Worthy’s primary recruiter, came to Montana State prior to this season from Oregon. Fish was an assistant under current Oregon head coach Dana Altman at Creighton before following him to Eugene.