As I indicated earlier aside from some assorted basketball commitments there is not a lot of news to report. Both programs at both schools are trying to make arrangements to have prospects visit campus this September and everyone is getting all worked up over the start of the football season. This Odds and ends post will be shorter than normal and is mostly an update.
- As an update on my Lady Griz basketball 2009-10 Roster article keep an eye on true freshman guard / forward Kenzie De Boer she is really impressing. I think she will make the starting line up very early in her career and once she gets it she is not going to give it up.
- In my Bobcat Women’s basketball 2009-10 Roster post, I plugged JC transfer Beata Bak into the starting spot at center. It appears that 6-3 senior center Jamie Thornton is having a very nice summer and may be the center to beat for that starting spot. In any case competition is good and both will play significant minutes this winter. Ashley Albert also continues to impress.
- A correction to Bobcat men’s basketball 2009-10 Roster, I stated that all of the Bobcat men were on campus this past July-August for second section of the summer semester. In fact I am told that true freshman guard / forward Marc Bourgault was not able to make it Bozeman this summer but had other commitments in France. He will be arriving at the start of the fall semester.
- I continue to hear that the Griz may have a new walk-on or two for the 2009 – 2010 season but I have not been able to confirm or identify any poetical walk-ons. I am guessing I am going to need to check out an open gym this week. Anyone know what time the team makes it down there, in years past it was around 6:00.
- Last week Bobcat and Griz recruit Brandon Cataldo of Rainier high school in Oregon committed to Portland State. The main determining factor in Cataldo decision was that he wanted to stay close to home and pulled the trigger when PSU offered. Greg Hicks of Scout.com called the commitment the biggest surprise of the 2010 recruiting season so far, calling Cataldo a high major prospect. Some may disagree with Hick’s enthusiasm but Cataldo is definitely a great pick up for PSU. I am told that both the Bobcat and Griz programs had to pull back from their recruitment of Cataldo due to admission requirement concerns.
- Last week in an article MinnesotaPreps.com of the rivals net work had an article on Minnesota sharp shooting guard Cole Stefan in which he once again mentioned Montana State as one of the schools he was considering. Stefan is a prospect who the Bobcats offered over 18 months ago, and since then his recruitment has really taken off. Currently he rated between a 3-4 star prospects. I did really think the Bobcats were even in the picture anymore. Stefan would not say who his top five schools were, but seem to indicate that they were between USC, Auburn, Drake, Illinois State, Nevada, Northern Iowa, Tulsa, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Georgia Utah State, Oral Roberts, Pepperdine Montana State, and San Diego.
- The Bobcats have also shown a great deal of interest in Stefan’s team mate 6-4 guard Tor Anderson. Anderson has made numerous trips to the MSU campus and attended their elite camp this summer. With the commitment of guard / forward Shawn Reid, though, I do not know if the ‘Cats are still actively recruiting more wings.
- Maggie Walsh of DevilsDigest.com part of the Scout.com network recently had an article on former Kalispell quarterback, and now Arizona State QB Brock Oswieler. Oswieler is currently the number two quarterback on the ASU roster going into the upcoming season. Oswieler graduated early from Flathead high in order to join the ASU team for spring football this year. Here is a quote from Osweiler on how he benefited from this move.
“It helped me in every way possible,” stated Osweiler. “If I wouldn’t have come down in January, I really don’t feel like I’d be ready to be the backup quarterback right now because at the quarterback position there is so much to know and learn so there are no regrets and I’m very happy that I came down.”
Oswieler was excited about the upcoming season and his preparation for it. When asked what was his major concerns he might have if he was pressed into service he had the following comments.
“Pretty much eliminating mistakes”, Osweiler replied. “I’m making a couple small mistakes right now that I really shouldn’t be, throwing into coverage, stuff like that.”
It is good to see a Montana kid excelling at the next level and you have wish the best of luck.