Michael Weisner 6-7 Walla Walla high school Walla Walla Washington
Michael Weisner is possibly the Grizzly recruit that I am most interested to see how he fits in to the Griz system. Since the signing with the Grizzlies last fall he has always been considered to the other player signed, and is usually mentioned as such on most of the recruiting blogs and message board. Heck ESPN only in the past month has published an evaluation. This though is nothing new to Weisner as he has been kind of over looked, Rodney Dangerfield not only in the State of Washington but on his own team.
Weisner plays with Gary Winston a high scoring guard who signed with Idaho last fall. Winston is known through out the state as a scoring machine, and this year did not disappoint with his senior performance. Winston won MVP of conference as well as an every tournament Walla Walla played in this season. Interesting enough though when Walla Walla players and coaches picked their team MVP for the 2009-10 season it was Weisner who they picked.
Weisner averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds a game this past season. Walla Walla madeit into the Washington State 4A championship tourney a few weeks back. Walla Wall finished 4th in the tourney and Michael averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game during the 4 games and shot 57.7 % from the field and 40.9% from behind the arc, as well as going 13 of 14 from the foul line. Defensively Michael averaged 1.5 steals per contest and 2 blocked shots. Michaels strength for the Griz is going to be his flexibility.
The biggest question concerning Weisner is what position he will play for the Griz. He is a player with guard skills but in a slender power forward body, with outstanding shooting range, good ball handling, and excellent passing skills. He is though not afraid to mix it up inside and has good length and can defend. The lack of a defined position, though, is also the knock on him. Is he quick enough to play the perimeter, and/or rugged enough to play inside, are what I keep hearing. I think for the Griz coaches they signed as a basketball player first, and they will fit him in where appropriate later.
I see Weisner redshirting next year, but could make niche for himself in the rotation with his ability to hit the 3 point shot. He really sounds like a kid who really would benefit from a year bulking up and adjusting to D-1 ball, but so far among the 2010 recruiting class he is the best shooter in the bunch. In any case I could see him playing as a combo forward early in his career, but possibly some guard down the line.
Here is ESPN Evaluation
Michael Weisner | SF
Hometown Walla Walla, WA
High School Walla Walla High School
Position rank Small Forward # 175
Weight 180 lbs.
ESPN Overall Rating 77
ESPN Small Forward Rank #175
March, 2010: Weisner is a lefty. Michael is a coach’s son, and the tell is his high basketball IQ. Michael has a great feel for the game and can complete a wide variety of passes with both hands. He needs a strong dose of the weight room to make improvements in his lateral quickness and strengthen his body to improve his perimeter defense. Michael has the necessary fundamentals to have a good career at Montana.
Weisner received recruiting interest from Washington State, Portland State, Montana State, Montana, Eastern Washington Portland and Utah State, with Montana and Eastern Washington offering him.