Josh Huestis creates opportunity for Montana high school basketball players

HELENA — Former professional hitter and Great Falls RMC great Josh Huestis is ready to begin a new chapter in his life with his nonprofit, the Josh Huestis Foundation and the Montana Elite Invitational, to be held at Carroll College’s PE Center on May 28 and 29 in 2023.

Its nonprofit mission is to provide positive and enriching experiences for young people in Montana.

And his new invitation is just one more way to provide for the needs of Montana’s youth.

“It’s just important to me, because I think when I look back on my career and my journey, I was really blessed and lucky to have parents who could afford to send me to camps all over the place. in the country and could afford to give me access to traveling basketball. You know, I remember having phone calls with shooting coaches all over the country, while still learning. And I was lucky to have parents who were able to give me that not everyone has access to it,” Huestis said.

Huestis has worked closely with high school coaches across the Treasury State to analyze players in grades AA through C to find those ready to compete at the college level.

His foundation helps make this invitation 100% free for high school students who participate. This includes travel, accommodation and food.

“I invite the best to come to Helena, and I invite college coaches from all over the country, from D1 to the end (junior college). You know, my goal is just to help these kids achieve the higher level, you know, not just by allowing them to play basketball collegially, but because it gives them the opportunity to continue to go to higher education, which I think can, you know, radically change the course of that family for generations by giving them access to that,” he said.

Huestis believes in high school basketball players in Montana, admitting they absolutely slept.

“You can look at NBA player history from Montana and there’s Larry Krystkowiak. Back, I think, like the 80s, 90s. And then there’s me. And I don’t think that’s fair. I think there are a lot of athletes who came out of Montana who were pretty good and maybe never had the opportunity,” he said. “And I kind of want to shine a light on them to try to grow the game of basketball, increase the recognition that Montana gets as a basketball state, because you know as well as I do that the Montana residents love basketball. And there are very good players there.

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Oklahoma City Thunder guard Josh Huestis shoots Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Portland, Oregon on Saturday, March 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Steve dikes)

Huestis has recently stepped away from professional ball himself, but is looking forward to the next chapter of his life, even though he doesn’t yet know what he has in store.

“The saying that is in the basketball world is either you quit the game or the game quits you. And I’m proud to say that, you know, I left on my terms. And, you know, as soon as I decided I was going to do it, I walked away. And I kinda got away from it for a little while. I know I made the right decision, because I’m so excited about what’s next. And you know, now is the time for me to ask my son to fill my shoes,” he said.

Huestis is in no hurry to discover the rest of his career and takes his time to do things that he is passionate about and that have meaning for him.

“Me, being from Montana, that’s very important to me, and then, you know, I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for kids. And so I think it’s really important to be able to provide them with, you know, a lot of really fun and exciting opportunities that can help, you know, make the world a better place,” he said.

He wants young people in Montana to know that he is always someone they can turn to for advice or motivation.

” I am available. I want to be the person who gives back, gives advice, because what’s the point of doing what I’ve done if I can’t help others do the same? ” he said.

His advice for Montanans looking to advance in their basketball careers is to work hard, commit and sacrifice.

“I always try to tell myself that it’s the effort that takes precedence over the results. You can’t control if you win the game, you can’t control if a shot goes in, things like that. But you can always control the effort you put in, whether it’s before the game, you know, in practice or in the game, you know, shooting, playing defense, rebounding,” he said. he declares.

Josh Huestis creates opportunity for Montana high school basketball players


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