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Odds and Ends – 6/29/09


mslacat1It is looking like most of my “Odds and Ends”, are becoming a Monday ritual for me. I don’t know if this is completely on purpose, but Monday’s always seem to be good for them. Seven days to collect them and then the first day after the week-end to regurgitate them. For some reason though they seem to be fan favorites and the most viewed on any given week, so Mondays they are. I do though reserve the right to post at any time I feel like it.

Filipek

  • I was asked to keep you folks updated on Bobcat 2010 recruit Taylor Filipek, so here you go. Filipek participated in the Dakota Showcase this week end and was one of the better players at the showcase. Prior to the showcase South Dakota offered him. I am not sure if the Cat’s have offered him yet but his stock is rising.
  • The LA times had a short little blurb on Bobcat 2010 commit Casey Trujeque and his Price high school a team to beat for the Division IV title. Price features another Bobcat recruit in Richard Solomon, but I have a strong feeling that his recruitment has risen above the Big Sky level. Here is a portion of the article.

Los Angeles Price picked up 6-9 senior Richard Solomon from Torrance Bishop Montgomery. He’ll join California-bound guard Allen Crabbe and Montana State-bound guard Casey Trujeque, making Price the preseason favorite to win a state Division IV title.

  • There was a nice article on former Bobcat, and former Purdue Coach Joe Tiller on Rivals.com this week. He talked about his retirement, and moving to Buffalo, Wyoming. The thing I found very interesting was that Tiller said he has purchased season tickets for both the Bobcat and Wyoming, and he hopes to make as many games as he can. So don’t be surprised if you see Joe prowling Bobcat Stadium this season.
  • Coaches are offering kids earlier and earlier these days but now there is word that current Bobcat Cody Kemp’s little brother Kyle has received his first offer to play college football, from Stanford. Sounds great for him right? He must have pretty good grades and great high school stats right. No. He has not played a down in high school. He is a freshman TO-BE at Aloha high school in Portland Oregon. He was at a camp a few weeks ago and Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh like him enough that he offered him at the camp.
  • Nyandigisi_MoikobuWord is that the Grizzly coaches have told redshirt freshman forward Nyandigisi Moikobu that his scholarship will not be renewed for next season. For any redshirt freshman (like former Bobcat Shuan Thomas last year) getting this message after redshirting their first year is a mixed bag. It is tough, because the kids were only given a single year to adjust to the D-1 ball and really did not get the chance to prove themselves on the court. On the positive side they will walk away with all four years of eligibility to take to a lower level school or a JC if they still want to pursue a D-1 opportunity. In years past, when the schools had 15 scholarships they had the luxury of giving developing player more time to bring their game along. Some times this allowed some player to develop into solid D-1 player, but in other cases player were let go after their sophomore years where their marketability was severely limited. In the case of Moikobu and Thomas both Montana and Montana State were their only D-1 offers. In some ways the schools did take a chance in signing them, but for good or bad unfortunately their respective coaches did not believe they could continue to invest in them. That’s the new face of college basketball. Good luck to Diggs and Shaun
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