Odds and Ends 12/30/09

It has been quite a while since I have done an Odds and Ends post but I have a handful of thing that are worth mentioning but maybe not in a full post by themselves.

  • In the in case you missed it category Helena Capital’s Matt Miller committed to Boise State a couple day’s ago. Sorry nothing from me at the time but I had a few balls in the air, but this sounds like a great choice by Mr. Miller. As a matter of fact I think Arizona State and Stanford would also have been great choices as well. Here is a quote Miller gave to Rick Kimbrel of Blue-Turf.com (part of the Rivals.com network).

“When I went down to Boise State for my visit,” Miller said. “I just felt so comfortable and thinking about it I felt that at Boise I would be the most happy for the next couple of years of my life.

“Boise State is a great football team,” Miller said. “They are a top 10 football team year in and year out. That is very enticing to me.

“The school as well is on the rise academically,” Miller said. “I kind of want to get into wildlife biology and ultimately become a college coach so I felt at Boise State, I could accomplish all those goals.

I will wish Matt Miller luck, and if you were not going to play basketball for the Montana State Bobcats, football at Boise State is a good fall back position.

  • I have heard that Jordy Johnson of Sheldon high school in Eugene, Oregon, has narrowed his choices for college to Montana and Air Force. In addition to these schools Army, Portland State, Eastern Washington and possibly a few others had offered him in the last month. Johnson is a prolific passer, having just set a new state of Oregon career total in passing, with 475 completions on 651 attempts for 6,440 yards and 64 touch downs in four years at Sheldon high school in Oregon. While Montana and Air Force appear to be in cat bird’s seat right now I am told if he was to receive and offer from a Pac-10 type school, things might change.
  • Former Bobcat basketball player Larry Swann has resurfaced at Gannon University a NCAA division 2 school in Erie, Pennsylvania, where he will be immediately eligible to play. For those of you who don’t remember Swann, don’t worry he never suited up for the Cats. He redshirted last year for the Bobcat’s after transferring from South Suburban Community College in Illinois. He was a late summer pick up for the Bobcats after a player unexpectedly decided to leave the program. This year I believe he got sideways of Huse and it was decided it would be best for him to leave the program.

Yesterday I did a post on Montana signee Michael Weisner and his Walla Walla high school team facing Montana State signee Shawn Reid and his Post Falls high school high school team in a holiday tourney in Idaho. As it turns out these were not the only two future prospects with Montana ties who will be matching up in Holiday Tournaments this week.

  • On December 28th Grizzly signee Billy Reader and his Lake Oswego high school team faced Kareem Jamar’s Westchester (California) high school, faced each other in the 2009 Les Schwab Invitational Tourney. It was not pretty. Westchester who is ranked nationally in the top 20-30 by Maxpreps handed a whooping on Lake Oswego 78-27 (that is not a typo). Jamar scored 15 points for Westchester while Reader scored 4 for Lake Oswego. Now to Readers defense Westchester is a power and this game was also sandwiched between 24 point 12rebound performance against Lincoln high school the day before and a 28 point, 7 rebound performance the day against Rainier Beach the day after. Still though, 4 points has to really kill your average.

I would also care to guess that at least one Griz coach was most likely in attendance.

  • Tonight (12-30-09) there will be another match of future Bobcat’s and Griz when Griz signee Vaughn Autry of Serra high school faces Bobcat signee Chris McCall’s and his Cheyenne high school team in the Prep Championship Tourney.
  • One more tournament note. Price high school that features Bobcat signee Casey Trujeque lost their first game of the season in a 43-42 low scoring affair to Newark Memorial. Before this game Price was ranked 35th in the nation. Newark Memorial slowed the ball down to snail pace to frustrate the high scoring price team. For Price their two California Signees 6-9 Richard Solomon had 14 points, and Allen Crabbe had 10 points. Trujeque also had 4 points for Price.

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