Signing day (or week)

signToday marks the start of the Early Signing period for basketball, and a few other sports. The early period spans from November 11th thru 18th so actually it is an 8 day week. The “regular” or late signing period last a little over a month starting in mid April. Despite this it can not be over emphasized how important the early signing period is for coaches and their programs.

Earlier this week I read in an article that stated 81 of the top 100 prospects in the country had already committed and were expected to sign this week. Since that time I know a few other have committed and it would not surprise me if by the time November 18 rolls around the number of available top 100 kids falls into the single digits.

Obviously the Montana programs do not get many chances to recruit top 100 players, I would guess that from the pool of athletes they recruit from the percentages of players signing is not that high, but I would guess that the percentage is pretty close to 75% of their top prospects. One of the things that will keep this number lower are player / prospects who hope their stock will rise (to Pac-10 etc.) if they wait until spring. Additionally there will be some late bloomer / sleepers who will emerge after their senior year of basketball.

On the flip side not a lot of JC players will sign in the fall. There is a fairly high percentage of the high end JC who will sign, but typically most especially at the big Sky level will be signed in the later period.

Here are the players who we expect to sign this week, based on commitments already made. I would be a little surprised if one or two of these athletes changed their mind, but it does happen. I fully expect a player or two to be added to these list before the period is ended. I think both schools are still actively courting a few players.

Montana State BobcatsMontana State Men:

PG – Casey Trujeque 5-10 Price high school, California
SG – Chris McCall 6-3 Cheyenne high school, Nevada
SF – Shawn Reid 6-5 Post Falls high school Idaho (on the right)
C – Blake Brumwell 6-8 Big Sandy high school, Montana

Montana State Women:

PG – Ausha Cole 5-6 Gilbert high school, Arizona
PG – Kate Webb 5-8 Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia
SF – Emily Allen 6-0 Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia (on the right)

Montana Men:griz_1

SG – Vaughn Autry 6-2 Junipero Serra high school California
SF – Michael Weisner 6-7 Walla Walla high school Washington
PF – Billy Reader 6-8 Lake Oswego high school Oregon

Montana Women:

SG – Torry Hill 5-8 Anaconda high school Montana
SG – Lexi Nelson 5-7 Butte high school Montana
SG – Kellie Cole 5-8 Bozeman high school Montana
PF – Jordan Sullivan 6-1 Sidney high school Montana
C – Carly Selvig 6-2 Glendive high school Montana


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