July Evaluation Period: Grizzly Men

JOHNGREENThis is the second in a series of four posts, looking at what positions the Montana State men’s, Montana State women’s, the Montana men’s as well as the Lady Griz basketball programs may be looking to evaluate and ultimately fill roster spots next year. This post will cover the Montana men’s program.

The Grizzly program will graduate league MVP candidate PG/SG Anthony Johnson, as well as returning starters SF Jack McGillis and SG Ryan Staudacher, and bench player SF Vassy Banny. This will open up four scholarships for the coaches to work with. It appears that Tinkle is looking primarily at high school recruits but he does seem to at some JC’s on his radar, mostly at the wing position.

The position that absolutely must be a priority for the Griz, to sign a quality wing (shooting guard / small forward). They need someone who can come in and contribute right away, and while a Will Cherry quality freshman may do the trick, this is need has a JC prospect written all over it. The need is great enough that I could even see signing both a JC and high school kid. Players like Arthur Steward or Tarrell Clark come to mind from the JC ranks, and John Green, Thomas Frye or Joe Harris from the high school ranks.

The second priority I figure would be a big man. They definitely need a player who, can play the center spot down the line, but if that player could also play the power forward spot that might also be very desirable also. The Griz are going to need to stock up on some height and size that Tinkle prefers. Off hand I do not have a prospect on my recruiting list, but you might look at an Eric Hitchison or Ryan Sharp type player.


The last two spots I think the Griz have a little more flexibility, but like I said above, I think signing another shooting guard/ small forward spot has to be very desirable. The last spot I think could go to the best player available, with maybe a little preference given to a guard who can play the point (either true point or combo). I could see a player like Josh Huestis, Daniel Estes, or DeAngelo Davis taking the forth spot.

A couple things I notice about the current Griz team as I look down the roster are, as this team matures, there are a lot of young “single position” players coming up the roster. As I ranted on few days ago, flexibility is the new rage in the Big Sky conference, so I could see the Griz coaches focusing on player who can play more than one spot on the floor this year. The second thing is that this team does not have as much height at the 4 and 5 as Tinkle seems to usually likes, so it would surprise me if he tried to address that also.

One other note I am figuring that Raason Young will play for the Griz the next two seasons. If he does not pencil in another scholarship going to a JC small forward or guard.


2 Responses to “July Evaluation Period: Grizzly Men”

  1. July 10, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I have not heard any news on Marcus Tibbs since early June. He was due to hear from the NCAA about this time with his appeal. From what I have heard people felt it was a 50/50 whether he would be successful with his appeal. If he wins the appeal he would have two options he could sign with a D-1 program (with the Griz being mentioned as a possibility) if he can find one or play with Northern Idaho JC for one year and then sign with a D-1 school. If he does not win the appeal he will have to play two years at the JC lave and get his associates degree before he can move up to D-1.

    Even if he was eligible to sign with the Griz this summer it is not clear whether the Griz have a scholarship to offer him.

  2. 2 65griz
    July 9, 2009 at 9:26 pm

    Anyone know if the griz are still on the tubbs kid out of washington. He is a point with size and is to have his grades shaped up this month so he can go.

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