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Oct
09

Bobcats and Griz entertain Billy Reader


reader3Both the Bobcats and Griz will be hosting post Billy Reader for official visit this week end. Reader was on the University of Montana campus for home coming on October 9th and 10th. Today he is traveling 201 miles south east to be hosted by Brad Huse and his Montana State Bobcat team. I believe he has been offered by both programs.

Reader is a post who I have seen listed any where from 6-8 to 6-10, and plays for Lake Oswego high school in Oregon. Last year he played along side first team all state Max Jacobson. Jacobson eventually signed with Portland State, although he also took an official visit it Montana. Reader averaged around 12 points and 6 rebounds (these are not official stats) and was named honorable mention all state.

Playing along side the burly Jacobson, Reader has played both with his back to the basket and also facing. He has had a strong reputation as a very good defensive center that can control the game in the paint. Over the past 6 months though he has been impressing folks with his new developed offensive game, added weight and I assuming added height.

ESPN has been tracking him since last December and watched his development. They recently upgraded his rating to a 78 and gave him the following evaluation.

Evaluation

August, 2009: Reader has added some good weight since watching him during the regular season. He has always had a solid looking frame with long arms, but now he has the strength to bang inside. He isn’t overly bouncy or quick off the floor, but he does have a knack to grab rebounds and block shots. He struggles against better athletes in the paint area due to being too mechanical, but he is a battler. Although he isn’t a great low post scorer, he has the ability to shot the jump shot at the elbow. He could be very good in a pick and pop set because he is a very capable screener. Reader is that prototypical blue-collar type that should excel in the Big Sky Conference.

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December, 2008: Reader is quite gangly at this stage and doesn’t have great feet, but he is very effective. His longarms, good hands, and toughness are attributes that stand out about his game. He is a blue collar prospect that is a very good rebounder and post defender. His offensive game is still raw, but he does have a solid drop step and he hits the offensive glass hard. In addition, he has a solid looking stroke out to the elbow area. Reader may never be an offensive force, but he is a tough 5/4 that knows how to win.

Here are a couple evaluations from this summer that appeared on Westcoasthoops.com

6’9 Billy Reader 2010 of Lake Oswego HS, OR C/F

Billy is getting better by leaps and bounds! He is great rebounder and defensive player. He protects to hoop well and always keeps his feet moving. He is little raw with his back to the basketball but he move aggressive and is playing above the rim well. Think Greg Oden type of player. Defense first.

6’8 Billy Reader 2010 of Lake Oswego HS, OR C

Reader is an intruiging postman who is showing signs of developing some badly-needed strength. He is very active around the basket. He is a little too quick to pass out when he catches it on the block and does need to develop his postup game more. He is a solid rebounder who peruses the ball aggressively. Reader projects to be an upper level low major prospect with continued development.

At this point I do not know who else is recruiting Billy Reader, but I understand he is an excellent student and is also getting some interest from some upper end academic schools.

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1 Response to “Bobcats and Griz entertain Billy Reader”


  1. October 12, 2009 at 9:13 am

    Correction:

    I am told Billy Reader averaged 9 points a game last season. I have not been able to find his official stats so I can not confirm this number (or my original number for that matter, but I would bet the 9 points per game is closer.

    BTW: Remember I round all my stat numbers.


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