I have been waiting for a few last Big Sky schools to announce their final recruits, but it just seems that Weber State and Northern Colorado are in not hurry to announce their Fall letter of intents. I am primarily going to look at the four Montana programs In Part 1, and then have a complete list of all the Big Sky program signees as I believe they now stand in Part 2. I will create a page called commitments in the coming days that I will keep a running and updated list.
Montana State Men’s fall Letter of Intents
Notes: This is by far Brad Huse’s best freshman class and maybe best class period, since he took over the program.
Chris McCall, G, 6-3, Fr, Las Vegas, NV (Cheyenne)
Notes: The prize of the early recruiting period. Has the ability to play all three front court positions and could help feel the immediately fill the voids left by Bynum and Navarre. I am not predicting a starter by any means but a solid contributor. The best guard prospect Huse has signed while at Montana State.
Shawn Reid, F, 6-5, Fr, Post Falls, ID (Post Falls)
Notes: The sleeper of the class, an injury last season and hidden up in the North West, has kept him under the recruiting radar. An athletic, big and skilled wing player who is primed for a great season. Physically a late bloomer the Coaches are hoping they found another Erik Rush.
Casey Trujeque, G, 5-8, Fr, Los Angeles, CA (Price)
Notes: The Kid with a chip on his shoulder. Trujedue was over looked by a lot of larger programs because of his size. Talented small guards have proven that they can excel in the Big Sky. He is a pure point guard, who could contribute early. I talked to a couple sources in California ( granted one with a Bobcat bias) and they both feel he will play significant minutes next year.
Blake Brumwell, F-C, 6-8, Fr, Big Sandy, MT (Big Sandy)
Notes: The Project, of the group he has the raw materials and skills to be a good post in the Big Sky conference but, will need some time to adjust from Montana Class C to the Division 1 level.
Montana State Women’s fall Letter of Intents
Notes: A nice recruiting class, for Binford, that could turn out to be a great class if the Aussies live up to their billing. A little bit of a “wait and see” until they get to campus.
Kate Webb PG, 5-8, Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia
Notes: It is very tough to pigeon hole the Australian players, because of the limited sources to get information from, Kate though might be the most over all complete and ready to contribute player of the three person class. A point guard who will also play some at the shooting guard spot. A heady, solid guard who can score defend and run a team at a high level.
Emily Allen G-F, 6-0, Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia
Notes: See above for disclaimer. If Webb is the more ready to play, Allen might be the Aussie with huge potential. A very talented and skilled player whom I hear can play both wing spots as well as the power forward spot. Has played against a very high level of competition in Australia. Physically her body is still maturing and will need to ad some muscle to her fame to stand up to the D-1 pounding.
Ausha Cole PG, 5-6, Chandler, Arizona Gilbert high school
Notes: If Webb is the well balanced complete point guard, Cole is the tough gritty defensive specialist. Everyone I have talked to or I have read has attested to Cole’s ability to totally disrupt teams offences. She has done this at the high school level and thee AAU level. She could be one of the best defective players in the Big Sky very early in her career
Montana Men’s fall Letter of Intents
Notes: A very good class for Wayne Tinkle. Not quite as good as last years early recruiting period class that was rated as #1 in the Big Sky by Rivals.com, but hopefully all of these recruits will make to campus.
Vaughn Autry G 6-2 Gardena, California Junipero Serra High School
Notes: The Star of the Griz class. Utah States loss is definitely the Griz’s gain. Vaughn should be able to contribute right away for the Griz next year. The only limiting him is how hard he is will to put in the work to get himself ready for the 2010-11 season.
Billy Reader F-C 6-9 Lake Oswego , Oregon, Lake Oswego High School
Notes: The late bloomer, Reader has just recently made a name for himself with his out standing play this summer, which made him a hot commodity this fall. If he continues to develop any where near what that rate the next 12 months he could really be a great get for the Griz
Michael Weisner F 6-7 Walla Walla, Washington Walla Walla High School
Notes: The Tweener. The more I talk to people about Weisner the more I hear different opinions about what position he will play in college. He is a player I am told who hopes to play the Small forward spot in college. He has the shooting ability to play on the perimeter and his ball skills are developing, but the question is does he have the quickness and lateral movement to defend the small forward spot. The consensus (although not completely unanimous) is that he will play the power forward spot in college.
Lady Griz fall Letter of Intents
Notes: Selvig saved up scholarships from last year so he could offer and hopefully sign five Montana recruits, and that is just what he did.
Torry Hill G 5-8 Anaconda Montana
Notes: The scorer. Hill has been setting scoring records for Anaconda since she was a freshman. She also has been collecting State championships at about the same rate.
Lexi Nelson G 5-7 Butte Montana
Notes: The other scorer Much like Hill Lexi has also been done since her freshman year. She does it in a little different way then Hill.
Kellie Cole G 5-8 Bozeman Montana
Notes: The surprise, after a very good summer, Selvig quietly offered Cole and got a commitment. While Montana was her only D-1 offer, Selvig took her and stopped recruiting some highly thought of out of State players.
Jordan Sullivan F 6-2 Sidney Montana
Notes: The Star of the class. Sullivan had many offers from schools from bigger conferences. She has been in the Shadow of Jos Tinkle the past few years, but is still one of the best players to come out of Montana the last 4-5 years.
Carly Selvig 6-2 Glendive Montana
Notes: The defensive stopper. Selvig is not the offensive force as Hill, Sullivan, or Nelson, but she gets it done on the defensive side of the ball. She has the nice combination of height, quickness and high basketball IQ that has allowed her to control the paint at the Class A level.