Tricia Binford gets two commits

Showtime Basketball, though their Facebook page has announced that Kate Webb and Emily Allen of Queensland Australia have committed to play basketball for Tricia Binford’s Montana State Bobcats. Here is a quote from Showtime basketball Facebook page.

Queenslanders Emily Allen and Kate Webb have both committed to the Bobcats for the 2010/11 NCAA season. Kate committed during an official visit with her mother to Montana State earlier this month, while Emily committed during a phone conversation some weeks earlier.

Congratulations both Emily and Kate and we wish them success as they don the Bobcat colors.

Showtime basketball is web site that covers Australian basketball players who go on to play basketball in the United States. They also set up touring all star teams that trip to the US colleges.

From what I can tell of Australian high school age basketball it seems to be made of small seasons and tournaments with players playing locally and regionally for a variety of teams.

Both Webb and Allen are listed as being from the Runaway Bay area near Brisbane Queensland on the east coast of Australia, and have played quite a bit together for both the Seahawks basketball team and QLD (Queensland Academy of sports) south team and many national development squads. Both players are well known in regional and national circles.

Kate Webb (that is her in the above picture) is a 5-6 pure point guard. She was named to both the 2008 and 2009 Under-18 South Girl’s State Team and was only one of a handful of Queensland players named to the Australian National Championships to be played in Canberra Australia in December of this year. This spring in what I believe was an all-star or AAU like tourney she averaged 12 points, 4 rebounds, and 4 assists a game while shooting 40% from the field, 34% from 3 point land. In the 2008 Pacific School Games while playing for the Western Australia team she averaged 9 points, 2 rebounds, and 4 assists while shooting 42% from the field and 35% from beyond the 3 point line. Western Australia team

Emily Allen, and admit I am still trying to find more about, is a forward who was also named to the 2009 Under-18 South Girl’s State Team and named to the Australian National Championships. She seems to be a very strong rebounder who can play down low or take it outside. In the 2008 Pacific School Games while playing for the New South Wales team she averaged 9 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists while shooting 42% from the field.
Like I mentioned above I am still trying to find more information about the players so I will most likely have to update or correct this information in the future.


4 Responses to “Tricia Binford gets two commits”

  1. September 24, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    OK I see a circular argument here. let me just say this Selvig does have an advantage currently recruiting the state of Montana but it is no where as clear cut as your first comment indicated. Binford is getting her share of Montana athletes.

    I would also like to point out that when either Selvig or Binford do not get the Montana athlete(s) they want or the athlete that fits their need, both program are very capable of going out and finding quality non-Montanan athletes (Ena, Strand for example) that they need.

  2. September 24, 2009 at 9:21 am

    While I would agree with you that Selvig has an advantage in recruiting the state of Montana I do not it is as grave as you have made it out to be. While Selvig seems to have had a clean sweep against the Bobcats this year with the Montana athletes they went head to head with, Binford scored a clean sweep last year. Last year Binford landed Fairfield’s 6-4 Chelsea Banis, Highwoods 6-0 Rachel Semansky, and Hamilton’s 6-1 Ashley Albert. All of these players were offered and recruited by Selvig. keep your eye on Albert because she is going to be an outstanding player, in my opinion. last year it was Selvig who had to recruit all of his players from out of state.

    I would also like to point that of the Montana landed by Selvig this year most of them have strong connections to either Selvig or the Griz program. It would have been interesting to see what would have happened with Sullivan if she was not Selvig’s niece. I am not gong to say she might have signed with the Cat’s but, it certainly would have made it more interesting.

    • 3 CITYGRIZ
      September 24, 2009 at 10:03 am

      okay, point well taken. but if it is true that binford out-recruited selvig last year, she may have done him a huge favor, because selvig’s class appears to have been outstanding: a three-time idaho gatorade player of the year, and washington’s 4a player of the year–who was the leading scorer in the washington-oregon all star game this summer. given his out-of-state haul, i really have to wonder how much selvig really wanted those montana kids.

      but albert’s gonna be a good one, and she was right there in the griz’s backyard.

    September 24, 2009 at 8:23 am

    coming into montana, both tricia binford and rob ash walked into extremely difficult recruiting situations, owing to the success rival montana has had the past generation with both their women’s basketball and football programs. most montana kids now want to play for the griz, and this year, with a bumper crop of montana talent, robin selvig made almost a clean sweep of the state, with only stanford intervening to get joslyn tinkle. thus binford has been forced to go out into the world to recruit, while ash has opened up texas as a fertile recruiting ground for the football program.

    no question binford is a talent; i think we’ll see her at a major program before her career is over. but she’s been at a huge disadvantage recruiting montana talent, and we’ll see if going to australia pays off. let’s hope it’s productive than was krysko’s attempt to recruit australia for the griz basektball team.

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