Santistevan switches to Rocky
| April 1, 2020 1:00 AM
Former Viking basketball standout Beau Santistevan will be making the move to Rocky Mountain College next season after spending two years at Dawson Community College in Glendive.
A 6-foot-7-inch forward, Santistevan averaged 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds per contest for the Buccaneers last year, including a season-high 21-point, 12-rebound performance against Colorado Northwestern Community College Nov. 16. Santistevan also scored 21 against Miles Community College Feb. 20.
Santistevan helped lead the Bucs to 27-7 record overall, including a perfect 14-0 mark in conference play last season, helping the team earn both NJCAA Region 13 Conference and Tournament titles.
Santistevan was two-time All-State selection with the Vikings in high school, helping lead the team to the Class B state title as the state tournament MVP in 2018. Santistevan recorded 18-points and nine rebounds in the title game that season as Bigfork downed Shelby 60-56. He averaged 17 points, eight rebounds and three blocks per game in his senior season in high school in 2017-18.
“Coming out of high school, I really wanted to go to Rocky, but the Dawson coaches told me that if I came to Dawson, they would help develop me into a player who could have an impact in the Frontier Conference,” Santistevan said in a press release. “I made one of the best decisions in my life, went to Dawson and developed into a player who can help Rocky win games. My competitive nature drives me to be the best I can be to help my teams win, whether it’s a state championship in high school or a regional championship in college. I plan on bringing that same hunger and competitiveness to Rocky.”
Santistevan was among the Mon-Dak Conference leaders in field goal percentage last season and was a first-team Academic All-America selection. He was also named to the All-Conference Second Team.