Bobcat Commit update: Jordan Sally

Jordan Salley’s commitment to Montana State is currently being reported by Hoopmasters.com and ESPN, and additionally I have a couple emails from friends confirming the story also so I think that it is a solid rumor.

Now for the catches:

Salley blew out his MCL in late June and he is still rehabbing it, but is scheduled to return to the court in January or February. The other issue that could affect his recruitment and that is that he has yet to take the ACT/SAT test(s). I am told his high school grades are excellent, so he should have no problem getting a qualifying score, but nothing is for sure until you get the score. I had one source who told me that he may have signed a letter of intent a couple weeks ago, but I believe this is just a commit.

Salley attends La Verne Lutheran high school in La Verne California. As I reported before he averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds, 2 blocks a game while shooting 62% from the field and 56% from the free throw line last season. He is a first team all conference as well as all conference defensive player of the year. I have a lot of evals and quotes about Salley and I will let them describe him.

From Fullcourt Press 9-11-09

..Speaking of La Verne Lutheran, the Trojans’ lone key senior 6’7” Jordan Salley who suffered a devasting ACL tear just prior to the July evaluation period is making good progress in his rehab and is hoping to return by this upcoming January. Prior to the summer, Salley (one of the top 2010 post prospects in Southern California) had been receiving interest from Tulsa, New Mexico, San Francisco, Santa Clara and Pepperdine. Due to the injury, college interest has been somewhat sluggish, but Creighton is in the process of setting up an on-campus visit soon. If Salley can make a full recovery, look for the rugged and bouncy PF to be a valuable spring 2010 signee

From Fullcourt Press March 2009

Jordan Salley 6’7” 2010 La Verne Lutheran (La Verne CA)

Slightly undersized but strong and athletic PF can finish with regularity and has a soft touch in the paint. Craig Smith-type post.

Rivals.com (both in the Spring of 2009)

Jordan Salley (Laverne Lutheran) 6-7 – Athletic forward who has really worked on his body and become a force to be reckoned with. Played great against all of the big time guys in the league. Energy player who can really finish.

Jordan Salley, La Verne Lutheran: “mid-major (Mountain West, WCC, WAC, Big Sky) – undersized post – good quickness (great 2nd jump) and excellent strength. Able to finish through contact. Runs well, finishes on the break above the rim – long lefty rebounds well at both ends. With skill development, could be a 3 at the next level.”

Nuthingbutnet.com has Salley ranked as the 87th ranked power forward in the country while ESPN.com ranks him as the 78th ranked power forward in the country.

The big issue is of course how well will he recover from the MCL surgery, but it appears the coaches were not too scared by the prognosis.

A wide number of schools were actively recruiting Salley including Tulsa, New Mexico, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Pepperdine. San Diego State, Creighton, West Virginia, Washington State, Utah, New Mexico, and UC Riverside, but a lot of schools backed off when he hurt his knee, wanting to wait until spring to offer him. In the end I understand he chose the Bobcats over offers from Santa Clara, Pepperdine and Tulsa. I believe he also took an official trip to Creighton.

This commit gives the Bobcat coach a freshman recruit at all five positions on the court which I was told was a priority. I am guessing that the coaches will have one more scholarship to fill for next year (I am assuming Swann’s ride). It will be interesting to see if they fill it with another freshman or dip into the JC ranks if they do have another scholarship to offer.


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