Update on Montana State Commits / Fall Signing

Jeff Budinich KentLake’s team finished the season 8-11, in possibly one of the toughest conference in the nation. Jeff averaged 16.5 points a game, 12 rbs, 2.1 blocks a game. He went against future D-1 big man almost every night including the #1 rated big man the 2010 class. Despite being 6-10, Jeff will not be a center in college, he is a very skilled forward who when he steps on the floor for the Cat’s may be the best three point shooter on the team. I had one of the coaches invoke the name of Domako when they talked about him. He is not a Domako but he is a similar. The big knock on Jeff coming into the season was his defense and willingness to play inside. Jeff put on some muscle over the summer, and developed some post moves and really made strides this winter. There are rumors of a monster dunk he had over Josh Smith (the above mentioned #1 rated big man) that I am trying to find a copy of video. Jeff has the offensive and passing skills to contribute as a true freshman, but, will need to continue his work in the weight room. He has the size 6-10 225lbs, he just needs to make the transition to the college game.

Michel Swita committed to the Bobcat’s in December. He is a 7-0 245 center, who is on the roster of North Idaho JC and originally hails from France. He will be a Sophomore next year when he joins the Cat’s. Michel started the season with a sore knee, 7 games into the season it was determined that his injury needed surgery, and has been out for the remainder of the season. There is talk about Swita applying to the NCAA for a medical hardship year in which case he enter MSU as a Freshman, but I am not optimistic that it would be granted. As I am told by multiple sources Swita is a very skilled big man. He can play the high or low post, and is a true center. He is very mobile, and has the size and strength to bang. Swita is a gamble, if he can recover from the injury bug that has haunted him the last 18 months he could be a big time pick up for the Cats. On the other hand, as you might expect if he can not recover he could be dead weight on the roster. I believe the coaches are watching his recovery very closely.

Colt Idol also committed to the Bobcats in late December. Colt is a 6-3 guard from Whitefish, who has been averaging 20 points, 6 rbs, 2.3 ast, 2 stls, 50% fg, 33% 3fg, and 81%ft. Whitefish is still in the class A title hunt. Colt scoring is down a little from last year but I hear he is but has been working much harder on defense. Colt is a pretty good athlete with great springs, and likes to post up smaller players. He has decent 3 point range but is not a pure shooter. I have been told he reminds some of former Bobcat Pete Conway. I would expect him to redshirt next year with depth the Cat’s have at the guard position next year. He could though make an impact on the 2010-11 team.

The following is a list on basketball prospects that I have heard that the Grizzlies may be looking at. This is not a complete list by any means. There are also most likely some names on this list who they are either not recruiting any more or who they were not recruiting at all. This list is culled from multiple sources, including published accounts and word of mouth. I will up date this list from time to time.


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