The Griz have a handful of new faces on this years squad. One of them is junior college transfer Chris Kemp, who says his adjustment to Big Sky country has been nothing short of spectacular.
"I love it, you know Montana is an amazing place and since I got here I didn't even have to get in the swing of things I just loved it. I felt like I didn't have to adjust much and that I just found anew home," said Chris Kemp.
Kemp played his JUCO ball in Texas but grew up in Baltimore and coincidentally enough was coached by Keron DeShields step dad in high school. Now the two are teammates 2,200 miles away from home.
"You know we played pickup together down at the Meredith Athletic Club and we are next door neighbors now living at Lewis and Clark so we're always talking and sometimes we will watch game film together," said kemp.
"For me personally he's been a good attribute to have out here being so far from home we can lean on each other if need be," said Keron DeShields.
Kemp has not only fit well with his teammates and Missoula, but on the court as well.
"We're excited about Chris, he gives us a physical post player that we haven't had both offensively and defensively and he's a good scorer on the blocks," said Griz Head Coach Wayne Tinkle.
"I'd say my biggest strength is strength, I'm a pretty strong guy especially in the paint and going to the basket things like that," said Kemp.
"I think that he is a horse down low and I expect big things from Chris Kemp this year," said DeShields.
His first few months in Montana have flown by and with the regular season right around the corner Kemp says he still has to pinch himself every now and then.
"I'd never thought in a million years that I would be playing with Keron on his team, you know I never thought I would be out here but I couldn't have picked a better place I'm so happy to be out here," said Kemp.