Before I get into this, I just want to mention that, I am hearing a lot of rumors about possible commits across the board in all four programs. It should be an interesting August for fans of the Montana D-1 basketball programs.
- John Green a 6-5 small forward from Oakland California seems to be leaning heavily towards the Griz right now. Portland State and Sac State seem to be a distant 2nd and 3rd right now. Green had a very good summer playing for bat Area Hoosiers and has improved his stock quite a bit in July. One source told me that he may be waiting to see if any “larger programs” show interest, but he is definitely someone to keep an eye on.
- I have heard from multiple sources that Joslyn Tinkle has been wow-ing the Stanford faithful with her play this summer with her Stanford team mates. Now everyone at Stanford had high expectation of a recruit who was ranked in the top ten in the country last year, but she seems to exceeding expectation. Despite Tinkle’s lofty ranking she is joining a team that has outstanding depth at the power forward and center position next year. It was expected that she could have a hard time carving major minutes next year but people are speaking a different tune now, they expect her to be a major contributor next year.
- The Billing Gazette and the Bozeman Chronicle are reporting that Taylor Dees of Huntley Project has committed to the Bobcats. Will Holden has a nice article on the commitment.
- Rivals.com recently had an article in which they discussed some of the better unknown football talent across the country. In that article they ranked Helena Capital’s Matt Miller as the best prospect in the Montana, Idaho, and Wyoming. Here are the top 7 players in this region according to Rivals.com.
Rivals.com Rocky Mountain States Preseason Top 7 for 2010
1 Matt Miller
Helena (MT) Helena Capital ATH 6-4/205
2 Kyle Sosnowski
Boise (ID) Capital DB 6-3/203 Boise State
3 Taylor Kelly
Eagle (ID) Eagle QB 6-3/185 Nevada
4 Justin Podrabsky
Lewiston (ID) Lewiston QB 6-6/220
5 Spencer Beale
Lewiston (ID) Lewiston OL 6-5/300
6 Steven Turpin
Gillette (WY) Campbell County LB 6-5/193
7 Taylor Dees
Billings (MT) Huntley Project DE 6-3/225 Montana State
- Rumor has it that Josh Huestis is collecting offers quicker than he can keep track of them. The two big names that are on the list are USC and Stanford. USC has to be a mixed bag, they are one of the premier programs in the Pac-10, still it is a program that could be facing some very severe sanctions in the near future because of the while OJ Mayo fiasco. Stanford is a great school and athletic department. This past week they also landed two very good commits from a power forward and point guard out of Washington.
- Bobcat Men’s basketball injury update. Last spring there were quite a few questions about the injury status of three Montana State players and one recruit here is what I know.
As released by the coaching staff James Hennessey’s knee injury has forced him to retire from basketball. He will not play this year but will be attending MSU to finish up his degree, under scholarship.
There was concern about Bobby Howard’s late season knee injury. I had heard that he was going to have an MRI on it in early June, and I have been told that his knee is fine and will not affect him this season.
Danny Piepoli blew out his knee late in the season last year and had to have surgery on it last spring, I have heard that he is scheduled to be able get back on the court in the next month at the earliest, but should be able to go by the time practice starts.
Michel Swita had a very injury plagued year at North Idaho junior college last year that kept him pretty much off the court all season. I am told he is spending his summer in Bozeman and is currently 100%.