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Bo Segeberg Signs With
Montana State--(April 17, 2001)

While the official Montana State University athletics and basketball website has yet to feature a press release on the signing of Bo Segeberg (6'-9" So. JUCO C/F), that hasn't stopped the Bozeman Chronicle from doing a story on the signing.   And evidently Montana State has also received the NLI from Segeberg because coach Mick Durham has spoken to the press about him.  We've known Bo for the past four or five years.  He played for Pump N Run and Bob Gottlieb's BWBA teams as a high school player from Wrightwood, CA, and signed with Sacramento State out of high school, playing one year there for former coach Tom Abatemarco, who almost lost as many games for SacState as Fred Trenkle did at San Diego State, and both suffered a similar fate, getting fired two seasons ago.   Bo left Sac State the same year, and since then played at Antelope Valley College last season for coach Newton Chelette at AVC.

Here's a story featured in the Bozeman Chronicle on Segeberg's signing with the Montana State Bobcats.  Congratulations to Bo and to the Bobcats.

Bobcats ink final spring signee
By Bozeman Chronicle Staff

Although the first practice for Montana State's men's basketball team is almost five months away, the Bobcats are already getting better, or at least they're getting bigger. 

Former Sacramento State center Bo Segeberg (6-foot-9, 245 pounds), who played last year at Antelope Valley (Calif.) Junior College, has signed a national letter-of-intent to join the Bobcats next fall. 

Segeberg is the fifth and final signee for MSU and the third with college-level experience. All five players who signed with the ’Cats are 6-5 and taller, which should bolster the Bobcat frontline. 

Segeberg and power forward transfers Damir Latovic (6-8) and Casey Reynolds (6-6) join Tom Duffy (6-11), the incumbent at center, forward-center Kenny Plummer (6-5), and reserve forward E.J. Little (6-6). 

“Bo really understands the Big Sky Conference and is eager to help us inside at the center position," MSU coach Mick Durham said. "Bo has a nice touch inside and shooting range out to about 15 feet. He had a very solid sophomore season at Antelope Valley after not playing much at Sacramento State as a freshman. The court time this season did wonders for his game and his confidence. 

"There weren’t a lot of centers available in the West this year, so we’re very excited about Bo joining our program. He will help us immediately.” 

And for the Bobcats to further develop their inside presence, he will have to do just that. Duffy will miss about half of MSU's Big Sky games next season since the league is switching to a Friday-Saturday schedule. Duffy doesn't play from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday for religious reasons. 

Kyle Stirmlinger (6-11), who started the Bobcats' first 13 games at center last season, quit the team in late March. Forward John Lazosky (6-8), who led the team in scoring last season and earned All-Big Sky first-team honors, has used up his eligibility, but is the only starter not returning for the ’Cats next season.  

Segeberg averaged 15.6 points and 7.3 rebounds per game at Antelope Valley last year, shooting 63 percent from the field and 67 percent from the line. He also blocked 33 shots (1.1 per game), and scored 37 points in one game. 

Segeberg saw action in 17 games for Sac State in 2000 as a true freshman, scoring 14 points and grabbing 15 rebounds while playing just 4.1 minutes a game. He shot 30 percent from the floor and 67 percent from the line, with four steals and two blocked shots. 

“I think what separates Bo from a lot of players is his work ethic,” said Antelope Valley coach Newton Chelette. “He’s the first player to practice and the last to leave, and he’s always in the weight room. I really think his best basketball is ahead of him." 

Durham certainly hopes so. 

"We felt we definitely needed to add size, considering who we lost last year, plus Tom's situation," Durham said. "We feel like we've done that and with the (three) JC guys, we've also added a little more experience."

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