Jackie Mee is the one Montana women’s prep basketball player/prospect this year, who getting absolutely no love this year from D-1 coaches. As many of you know I have been touting her since this summer as one of the better prospects in the 2010 class, but as many of you also know I am not a D-1 coach.
Well I am going to do it again.
If Mee does sign with a D-1 club this spring, which I think is a strong possibility, she will be the 7th Montana girl’s prep to player with a D-1 club, and I think some how she is being hurt by a numbers game? Nobody wants to take the 7th best player in Montana? I have been talking to quite a few very knowledgably basketball folks in Montana and I am convinced that she is a stronger prospect than a few of the girls already committed.
The knock on Mee is that she may not be quick enough to play defense at the Big Sky level. Despite that she is a 4 sport all state caliber athlete. I always thought she would fit the Lady Griz system to a tee, and I was very surprised when they passed her by this fall. The Lady Griz, I am told though, really have a log jam at the post position, choose to offer Kellie Cole, a shooting guard instead. As for the Bobcat women, I believe a power forward / center would fit their recruiting needs rather nicely, but they do not seem to be all that interested either. Binford likes quick mobile post so I am better that Mee’s foot speed, has something to do with it.
All of that said, though, Mee has gone out this season and put scoring numbers 41 points, 12 points and 25 points in her first three games of the season. She is hitting, I believe over 50% from 3 point range (7 for 12 in one game) and averaging over 10 rebounds a game. I was told by some one who watched the Big Sky Hoops AAU team this summer that Mee, Tory Hill and Jordan Sullivan were the top 3 players on the Squad. Mee played the 2, 3 and 4 positions for Big Sky Hoops in one stretch when Sullivan was injured. On paper she certainly looks like a D-1 prospect.
I know others – like a couple D-1 coaches in this state- disagree with me, but I really think Mee can contribute a Big Sky club. The Women’s teams get 15 scholarships every year, and they do not always fill them, I would think a 6-1 post, that can shoot the three like no one’s business and is an all state athlete is worth taking a chance on. To be honest I do not think it is that much of a chance
The Bobcat Women have one scholarship left for the fall. The Lady Griz have filled all of their scholarships already, but do not be surprised if a scholarship does open up this spring, So I think there are still a chance that she could get some looks if she continues her stellar play this winter. Also do not count out Weber State who has been having some luck in the state of Montana.
The Missoulain has a rather nice article on Mee today (12-17-09) which I will have a link, which is good, read. Click here to read it.