This is the first in a series of updates the future Bobcat and Griz players. I will cover how they did this past season as well as what I am hearing / projecting their impact on the programs will be. I am going to be coving both the men’s and women’s programs, and I will do a separate post on each player. Some may be longer than other. A few of the players are still playing ball but are almost done. The order will be somewhat random so don’t read anything more into it than I am picking them as they come to me.
Feel free to ask any questions and feel free to disagree and tell me why. We need though to keep things respectful.
Casey Trujeque 5-7 Price high school Los Angeles California
Casey was the first commit the Bobcat’s got in this class last April. I have been told or read, the Bobcats developed a relation ship with the Price high school coach while recruiting some other Price players. The Price coach called the Bobcat coaching staff and told them they needed to look at this kid (Trujeque) I think he would be a great fit for you. The coaches did and they loved what they saw, relatively quickly (I believe in less than 4 weeks) Casey was offered by the Bobcats and he committed.
I asked Huse last November or December who he thought would play point guard for Montana State in 2010-1. He said that he felt Rush would start their next year and Trujeque would play major minutes. When I my eye brow went up with the mentioning of Trujeque Huse went on to say Trujeque is the first true point guard that he has had in the program and that he will play early and could possibly start as a freshman. I do not think I have ever heard Huse project a true freshman to ever to play major minutes let alone start. I will take his comments with a grain of salt but obviously there is a feeling that he could make an impact.
Based on conversations I have had with folks who know Trujeque as well as articles that I have read this is my impression on Trujeque. Trujeque is a point guard’s point guard quick but not the jet burner some smaller points are, but solidly built. As I have read often he is a leader who rarely makes mistakes. He is perfectly comfortable setting other people up, but when the game is on the line or his team is struggling offensively he can score points in bunches. Has range well beyond the three point line, but also likes to drive into the paint and dish. He is not afraid of contact. Most people I have talked to think that he should be able to play early, but may need to learn how get his shot off at the D-1 level. Another friend though thinks that should be no problem offensively given the competition he has played against in LA.
I do not have Casey’s official stats but I believe he averaged around 11-12 points a game as well as around 8 assists for Price high school. The recipient of a good number of his assists was 6-5 shooting guard Allen Crabbe (the 2009-10 California Gatorade Player of the Year and U of California signee) as well as Richard Solomon (U of California signee). Price has 2-3 other players that should eventually sign with D-1 programs.
In my opinion ESPN does the best job publishing nice Evaluations of player of all of the internet sites out there, so I am going to quote them here is a somewhat less bias evaluation of Mr. Trujeque.
Casey Trejeque | PG
Hometown Los Angeles, CA
High School Price High School
Position rank Point Guard # 214
Weight 155 lbs.
ESPN Overall Rating 72
ESPN Point Guard Rank #214
October, 2009: Trejeque is an undersized point guard prospect for the low Division I level. Despite his size he has a lot of moxy and savvy for the point guard position. He has solid speed and quickness and he’s quite the shooter to boot. His shot is smooth out to the stripe and his release is solid. He can break down defenses off the dribble and he can get into the paint area. However, his lack of size could be problematic at the next level while trying to finish against most big men in the Big Sky. Despite not having ideal size, Trujeque has a solid feel for the game and a bevy of toughness to succeed at the next level.
Trujeque was recruited by a number of smaller D-1 California schools as well as quite a few Ivy League. He is listed at anywhere from 5-7 to 5-10 I am told that 5-7 is generous.