Hi folks I have a handful of interesting and some sad, odds and ends about some of the Griz and Bobcat basketball signees / commits that I thought I might share. Some might be a little older than others, but I hope it is something you find interesting.
- Danny Little from Billings Skyview and Montana State 2011 commit was featured in a Q. and A. article today by the Billing Gazette. Little talks about Skyview’s current season as well as why he choose to commit to the Bobcat program. You should check it out here.
- Chris McCall from Cheyenne high school in Nevada and a Bobcat 2010 signee was scheduled to play his first game of the post season this past Wednesday, but that did not happen. The Sunset Region boy’s basketball playoffs were postponed this week when Western high school filed in court complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction was granted until the matter could be heard. At issue Western was forced to forfeit 4 games because a player was ruled ineligible. The court handed down a ruling earlier today giving Western 2 games back. The Sunset Region is now scrambling to reschedule the tourney.
- Tory Hill of Anaconda and a 2010 Lady Griz signee blew an ACL in her knee earlier this month which will cause him to miss the rest of the season. It is unknown at this point how it will affect her for next season with the Lady Griz but this could be of a concern. Anaconda was considered by many to be the favorite to win the class A state championship before the injury. Anaconda is still a very good team and could still challenge for the title with out Hill but it will be a much tougher road for Anaconda. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.
- Tre Johnson of Hug high school in Nevada has not picked a college yet but hehas picked a sport. The 6-7 Johnson was being recruited by D-1 as basketball power forward and a football wide receiver. After the football signing period he was interviewed about what his plans were and he said despite being recruited by UNLV and Oregon State in football he has decided to play basketball in college. In the interview he said he is looking most seriously at Montana State and Boise State. He also mentioned that he really like Santa Clara but they have not offered him yet. Johnson took an official visit to Montana State this past September and is currently averaging 19 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 4 blocks a game while shooting 58% from the field, 60 % from 3 point range and 65% from the line. I have said it before and I will say it again, I would love to have Johnson in the blue and gold. He would contribute from day 1 and be a great book end forward to Jordan Salley.
- This really bummed me out, Griz fall sign Vaughn Aurty’s father passed away last from a heart problem. Vaughn’s father Steve was very involved in Serra high school and his passing hit the whole community pretty hard. The Serra boy’s basketball coaches and players have chosen to dedicate the rest of the season to him. Serra enters the post season this week end. My thoughts are with the Autry family and the Serra high school community.