Update on my updates. In general, the order in which I am doing the updates is as follows. First on the out of state signees, then the out of state commits and finally the state of Montana signees. I updating the out of state folks first because I think these are the guys and gals that reader may have the least chance to follow this past winter, and who you would most be curious about. Other than that that I am updating recruits in somewhat random order, based on who I feel like doing at any given time. The other thing that comes into play is that a few people have been helping me round up stats or other information to do these update. I actually had Michael Weisner’s update done before a few others but was waiting to publish it on some info from someone from Walla Walla.
Emily Allen 6-0 Runaway Bay, Queensland Australia
As I have said before the high school age recruit from Australia. The whole Australian basketball system is set up differently than the over here in the states, so it is hard to follow. You also have to remember, that because the Aussie school year ended last November, both Kate Webb and Emily Allen have already graduated and are on an extended summer break, before enrolling at Montana State.
I believe the Montana State coaches first started recruiting Australia in the spring/summer of 2008. As in most cases it usually takes a year to establish yourself in a new recruiting ground, so while their they did not land any Australian recruits in 2009 it appears their effort have paid off very well with the 2010 class. I also think that as long as the program can afford it (hint hint boosters) they will continue to have a presence in Australia.
Emily Allen is a 6-0 wing who is capable of playing three positions for the Bobcats. Those spots are shooting guard, small forward and in a pinch the power forward spot. While not a perfect comparison I see her as a mixture of current Bobcats Lyndi Seidensticker and Sarah Strand. While a good three point shooter she is not quite the pure shooter these two Bobcats are, but I think she is better at getting to the rim and a rebounder than these two. The area of improvement that Allen may have is to put on a little more muscle, with her style of play it will become important that she is physically ready to compete with other D-1 teams.
I talked to a gentleman who covers a lot of Aussie women’s basketball and is familiar with American ball, and he has assured me Allen will be an impact player for the Bobcats. I definitely believe she is very capable of that she will be joining a team next fall with a great deal of upperclassmen depth at her positions, so she is really going to need to come in ready to compete this fall. Her strength though, as a freshman, might be her flexibility.
This past winter (her summer) despite being only 17 she played for the Queensland U-20 state team (she could have played for the U-18 team). The team, though lacked, true big players so she primarily played the post spots of the U-20. Over 6 games she averaged 7 points and 9 rebounds. Playing out of position he point totals were a little down but she did impress with he rebounding.
There are not ESPN evaluations for most Australian basketball players so you are not going to get an unbiased opinion. As the Australian players do make there way to Bozeman it is going to be fascinating to see how they fit in with the existing team and see if they can reach their hyped potential.