Archive for March, 2010


Bobcat men receive a commit from Tre Nichols

I heard earlier today that the Bobcat basketball staff has received a commitment from Tre Nichols who played this past year at McLennan Community College in Texas. Nichols signed with Texas State out of high school and played for them his freshman year before moving on to McLennan CC this past year. Nichols is listed as a 6-0 (that might be very generous) point guard, but is not a true point. He might be considered the favorite term of coaches right now a “combo guard”. We used to call that a scoring point guard.

In high school he was a very highly touted point guard out of Killeen High School in Killeen Texas. He committed early to Texas State and then saw his stock rise considerably his senior year. He was receiving interest from Baylor, Texas Tech, Rice and Houston, but he decided to honor his commitment to Texas State. During his senior year he averaged 20 points, 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists a game all garnering all conference awards. and Rivals both had him rated as a 2 star prospect.

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Great Falls Trib Girls Super State Team

The Great Falls tribune has posted their annual Girls SuperState team today. There is always some debate about who should and should not bee on the team I think they got it pretty much right. Personally there are a couple players I might have included over others, but they got the must be on the list right, and the ones we differ on really could go either way. There is not a Jos Tinkle in the crowd but I think Lexi Nelson and Jordan Sullivan are on the next tier. Torry Hill might also be there but blew an ACL mid season. The other thing to remember though these awards are for their 2009-10 high school basketball season not a career award nor a projection as the best college prospect.

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Bobcats get a commit from Tre Johnson

Tre Johnson 6-7 Hug High School Reno Nevada

I have heard that the Bobcat basketball staff has received a commitment from Tre Johnson of Hug High school in Reno Nevada. Johnson is a 6-7 200 pound power forward prospect who led Hug to a 15-10 record and named to the Nevada: “Unofficial” all-state basketball team, as well as numerous other all conference/State teams.

Johnson senior year he averaged 19 points, 4 blocks, 10 rebounds, 2 steals a game while shooting 58% from the field, 60% from three point range (although he only had 5 attempts) and 65% from the free throw line.

Johnson is a major athlete, with good speed and great jumps. He was getting a lot of attention from D-1 bowl division teams as a wide receiver, but he wanted to play basketball in college – smart kid. I do not think the Bobcats have seen an athlete of his caliber on the front line in a very long time. Offensively I hear he still has a tremendous upside, even beyond what is now considered to be a great get for a Big Sky school. Johnson will contribute next year and will be another forward (along with commit Jordan Salley) who can play above the rim.

Johnson played on the same AAU team as fall Bobcat signee Chris McCall. I don’t know how much this had to do with his decision, but I think it does show the work both Huse and Assistant coach Starr did to develop a good relationship with the Powerful Las Vegas Prospects AAU team.

It has been no secret I have been coveting Johnson all since last summer and you can read more about him here.

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Update on future Griz: Kareem Jamar

Kareem Jamar 6-5 Westchester High School La Verne, California

Kareem Jamar’s star has star began to rise about a year ago, and fortunately for the Grizzly’s Wayne Tinkle jumped on board early and got a real steal in Jamar. A known commodity in California as a journeyman type player who was projected low major prospect about 12-18 months ago. He good quicks and athleticism although not outstanding, and had somewhat suspect perimeter shooting. Last summer in the AAU circuit he showed unveiled to the college coaches a new found perimeter game that really started his rise on the recruiting charts. This rise continued on this winters during the high school season as his star really shined. The Griz though, by this time already had a commitment from Jamar.

Jamar played for Westchester high school in Los Angeles, California which just won its second strait Div.-1 state championship this past week end. Westchester features a minimum 4 players who will sign this year with two D-1 teams this year, and who knows how many underclassmen will eventually sign. Westchester played a national scheduled this year playing tournaments in Oregon, Nevada, and the northeast. They were ranked in national high school top 25 for most of the season.

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Bobcat Recruit: Darian Thibodeaux

I have heard that the Montana State coaching staff is recruiting Darian Thibodeaux from Navarro Junior college in Texas. Thibodeaux is a 6-3 175 pound shooting guard whose reputation is that of a three point shooter with out standing range.

Navarro JC has been ranked in the JC Div 1 to 25 most of the season, and qualified for the National Junior college tournament this past year making into the semi finals. Navarro features 5-6 players who could sign with D-1 schools this fall including Thibodeaux.

For the season Thibodeaux averaged 11 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists while shooting 41% from the field, 33% from the point line (on 200 attempts) and 66% free throw line (I would expect better). During the NJCCA tourney though picked up his game and was named to the all tournament team. In the quarter finals he scored a career high 30 points including 8 three pointers. Thibodeaux is not just a three point shooter I hear he has a pretty good intermediate game also that he uses to set up his three point game and visa versa.

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Update on future Bobcat: Jordan Salley

Jordan Salley 6-7 Lutheran High School La Verne, California

Last spring and heading into the summer Jordan Salley was becoming a very hot commodity in recruiting circle with his outstanding play during the high school season and spring AAU ball then he blew out his knee in late June of 2009. While quite a few schools back off Montana State was one of the schools that stuck with Salley. His relationship with coach Huse and Starr was strong enough that in December of 2009 before even taking an official visit to Montana State he committed. His knee is now almost 100% and he is firmly committed to signing this April 14th.

Salley did not play this year with Lutheran high school but he was a part of the team all season and accompanied them to Bakersfield as they won the State 5A championship. Lutheran is a junior dominated team (Salley was their only senior on the roster) this season, but have 4 players that are getting looks from Pac-10 schools. Despite this all season when reading articles on Lutherans outstanding play this season, there is almost always the line “and they are doing it without their best player Jordan Salley”

As a junior Salley averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds 3 blocks while shooting 62% from the field and 60% from the free throw line. He had 30 rebounds in one game and scored over 25 points 5 times that season. His stats could be even better but his play (and stats were) limited in eight 30+ point blow out by Lutheran.

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Shawn Reid wins Idaho 5A MVP

Montana State Bobcat fall signee was named 5A Boys All-Idaho Basketball Team MVP. He won the award over a handful of very impressive players, including 6-6 Josh Fuller a University of Utah signee. Also on the team is his teammate Marcus Colbert, a 5-11 point underclass man, who the Bobcats might want to keep an eye on. Here is portion of the article on Shawn from the Idaho Statesman.

Player of the year: Shawn Reid (senior guard), Post Falls Trojans

Why he is Player of the Year: The two-time Inland Empire League MVP guided Post Falls to its first state championship in 46 years and posted 16 points and eight rebounds in a 68-60 win in the state final against Eagle. Reid (6-foot-4) averaged 16 points, 11 rebounds and 2.9 assists during the season, and 17.3 points and eight rebounds at state.

Coach’s comment: “Shawn Reid is the most versatile player in the state,” Post Falls coach Mike McLean said. “His ability allows him to influence every facet of the game, and caused matchup problems for every opponent we played this year.”

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March 2010

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    This past weekend we opened up at Boise State, my Alma Mater, where they had an Alumni Reunion and recognized our 1993-94 Big Sky Champion Team who was also nationally ranked. What an amazing season that was, and what an fantastic experience to be a part of. Although our Bobcats didn't win that night, it was a nice distraction to have dinner after the g […] (Coach Binford)

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    I am talking to you Dan Muscatell. I am talking to all of you on twitter begging me for more blog. I know you missed me, little did I know that you were craving more blog. I put it on the to-do list and then moved it straight to the top.Montana Coaches Association - 2010 ClinicThis event gets better every year for me. It's not that the speakers are any […]
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