Montana State head coach Brian Fish is 2 for 2.

Sam Neumann, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward from Minnesota’s Cretin-Derham Hall, committed to the Bobcats late Saturday night.

Neumann is the second member of the Class of 2015 to commit immediately after visiting MSU. After his own weekend visit, Rockford, Ill., native Tyler Hall said Sept. 15 he would sign with the Bobcats.

Neumann, who has played on the Raiders’ varsity for four years, was drawn in by the friendliness of the team and community. On Sunday night, he called MSU’s homecoming crowd “amazing and crazy.”

“I sat in on a practice, and it looked like something I wanted to be a part of,” Neumann added. “They were definitely the most consistent with recruiting. I talked to them almost every day since the spring, and so I could tell they were really all in on me. That’s obviously a good feeling.”

NCAA rules prohibit Fish from commenting until Neumann signs a letter of intent.

Neumann, whose brother C.J. is a junior at Wofford College in South Carolina, held offers from South Dakota State, Toledo, Northeastern and Bryant. He also drew interest from South Dakota and Wofford.

Fish and assistant coach Kenya Crandall visited an open gym session at Cretin-Derham in the spring and met with head coach Jerry Kline Jr.

“I knew right in the first five minutes I talked to coach Fish that he would be a guy Sam would want to play for,” Kline said Monday. “I was interested to see how they would hit it off on the in-house visit.

“When the MSU coaches left, I said if Sam felt comfortable and solid in Bozeman, this is going to be the place for him,” Kline said. “Trust and faith in his coaches is important to Sam, and coach Fish established that right away.”

Neumann averaged nearly 19 points per game in 2013-14 as the Raiders (24-8) advanced to Minnesota’s Class 4A state tournament. En route, Neumann scored 16 points as one of four players in double figures when Cretin-Derham upset top-ranked Apple Valley (27-2) 89-77 in the Section 3 championship.

Neumann averaged 13 points and five rebounds as Cretin-Derham went 1-2 at state and placed fourth. He sank 33 percent from the field but just 21 percent from 3-point range. That number still bothers Neumann, who hit 38 percent from long distance last season and has sunk more than 100 as a Raider.

“We needed a shooter, and the thing I knew about Sam coming into CDH was he could shoot.” Kline said of bringing Neumann to the varsity as a freshman. “I think it was the second game of the year, and he came off the bench to hit four consecutive 3s. We ended up losing the game, but just his presence — the moment is never too big for Sam. He relishes those opportunities.

“When his light goes on, he’s there. He doesn’t hide.”

He averaged 14 points per game as a freshman and 16 as a sophomore. Neumann hit nine 3s and netted 39 points in a 71-66 loss to Bettendorf (Iowa) on Jan. 4, 2014, during the Timberwolves Shootout at the Target Center.

“I’m working on expanding that, working on my mid-range game and playing closer to the hoop,” Neumann said. “As guys start closing out on me on the 3-pointer, I need to develop a pump-fake, one-dribble pull up.”

Kline praised Neumann and teammates Donnell Gresham and Joe Rosga, two more potential Division I prospects, as the core that could bring Cretin-Durham its first back-to-back state appearance in more than a decade.

“Those guys make their teammates feel like a part of something special,” Kline said. “I know Montana State is getting a guy that cares about his teammates and will push them and challenge them.

“Sam wants to win; he wants to be better than anyone wearing a different uniform.”

Gidal Kaiser can be reached at 582-2670 or gkaiser@dailychronicle.com. Follow him on Twitter @gidalkaiser.

Montana State head coach Brian Fish is 2 for 2.

Sam Neumann, a 6-foot-6, 200-pound small forward from Minnesota’s Cretin-Derham Hall, committed to the Bobcats men's basketball program late Saturday night.

Neumann is the second member of the Class of 2015 to commit immediately after visiting MSU. After his own weekend visit, Rockford, Ill., native Tyler Hall said Sept. 15 he too would sign with the Bobcats.

Neumann, who has played on the Raiders’ varsity for four years, said he was drawn in by the friendliness of the team and community. On Sunday night, he called the Bobcats’ homecoming crowd “amazing and crazy.”

“I sat in on a practice, and it looked like something I wanted to be a part of,” Neumann added. “They were definitely the most consistent with recruiting. I talked to them almost every day since the spring, and so I could tell they were really all in on me. That’s obviously a good feeling.”

NCAA rules prohibit Fish from commenting until Neumann signs a letter of intent.

Neumann, whose brother C.J. is a junior at Wofford College in South Carolina, held offers from South Dakota State, Toledo, Northeastern and Bryant. He also drew interest from South Dakota and Wofford.

Fish and assistant coach Kenya Crandall visited an open gym session at Cretin-Derham in the spring and met with head coach Jerry Kline Jr.

“I knew right in the first five minutes I talked to coach Fish that he would be a guy Sam would want to play for,” Kline said Monday. “I was interested to see how they would hit it off on the in-house visit.

“When the MSU coaches left, I said if Sam felt comfortable and solid in Bozeman, this is going to be the place for him. Trust and faith in his coaches is important to Sam, and coach Fish established that right away.”

Neumann averaged nearly 19 points per game in 2013-14 as the Raiders (24-8) advanced to Minnesota’s Class 4A state tournament. En route, Neumann scored 16 points as one of four players in double figures when Cretin-Derham upset top-ranked Apple Valley (27-2) 89-77 in the Section 3 championship.

Neumann averaged 13 points and five rebounds as Cretin-Derham went 1-2 at state and placed fourth. He sank 33 percent from the field but just 21 percent from 3-point range. That number still bothers Neumann, who hit 38 percent from long distance last season and has sunk more than 100 as a Raider.

“We needed a shooter, and the thing I knew about Sam coming into CDH was he could shoot.” Kline said of bringing Neumann to the varsity as a freshman. “I think it was the second game of the year, and he came off the bench to hit four consecutive 3s. We ended up losing the game, but just his presence — the moment is never too big for Sam. He relishes those opportunities.

“When his light goes on, he’s there. He doesn’t hide.”

He averaged 14 points per game as a freshman and 16 as a sophomore. Neumann hit nine 3s and netted 39 points in a 71-66 loss to Bettendorf (Iowa) on Jan. 4, 2014, during the Timberwolves Shootout at the Target Center.

“I’m working on expanding that, working on my mid-range game and playing closer to the hoop,” Neumann said. “As guys start closing out on me on the 3-pointer, I need to develop a pump-fake, one-dribble pull up.”

Kline praised Neumann and teammates Donnell Gresham and Joe Rosga, two more potential Division I prospects, as the core that could bring Cretin-Durham its first back-to-back state appearance in more than a decade.

“Those guys make their teammates feel like a part of something special,” Kline said. “I know Montana State is getting a guy that cares about his teammates and will push them and challenge them.

“Sam wants to win; he wants to be better than anyone wearing a different uniform.”

Gidal Kaiser can be reached at 582-2670 or gkaiser@dailychronicle.com. Follow him on Twitter @gidalkaiser.