As the Griz conclude their non-conference season they saw key contributions from a number of true freshman. One of those guys being Oakland, California native Mario Dunn, who says the close knit team has made his adjustment to Montana much easier.
"Everything is going real good I'm getting along with the guys real well. We are kind of family based out here and I am real far from home so getting real close to these guys has meant a lot to me," said Dunn.
Dunn played at Salesian High School and won a state title as a junior and also played for the top ranked AAU team in the country. Dunn says playing good competition at a young age helped, to a degree.
"The skill wise it really prepared me for the college level but as far as strength and conditioning wise and just getting a good feel for the college game has been difficult for me," said Dunn.
While Dunn says the transition has been difficult, Coach Wayne Tinkle has raved about what the freshman has done in his short time at Montana.
"Mario the last couple weeks really starting to step up and he's been so focused on doing what we have asked that he has kind of stayed within himself. And now we are saying 'hey let's expand on that and make some plays and he has done it on both ends now that he is comfortable with our system so he has come along very nicely," said Tinkle.
So far on the season Dunn is averaging five and a half points per game but more impressively shooting just over fifty two percent from the field, and he's says he enjoys putting on the Griz jersey.
"So far it's been great I love the experience and love everything about it and like I said I've been out here with these guys and we are like family and what is there not to love about family," said Dunn.