Archive for April, 2010


Griz recruit: Eric Robertson is reporting that Wayne Tinkle and his University of Montana basketball staff are recruiting Eric Robertson of Wayzata high school in Plymouth Minnesota. Robertson is a 6-7, 180 pound small forward, who is an extremely versatile play. In college he could end up playing some at the power forward and/or shooting guard spot depending on his development.

This past season he averaged about 20 points and 8 rebounds a game although these are not official stats, and established himself as one of the top prospects in the State of Minnesota for 2011. Robertson junior year was a far cry from his sophomore and freshman years when he struggled with injuries much of these season. He has played well enough that he has garnered interest from a wide variety of schools who will be watching him very closely this spring and summer.

ESPN gives Robertson an 84 ranking and has the following evaluation.

March, 2010: Robertson is an excellent athlete who has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons. He has a good shooting range and is aggressive taking the ball to the basket. Robertson has long arms and has the chance to be a solid defender. He needs to continue to add strength and improve his ball handling skills. Robertson has a big upside and is young for his class, so he has room for improvement.

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The Kirsten Tilleman Sweepstakes

It was announced last week former Bozeman high girls basketball player Kirsten Tilleman would transfer from Oregon State and was in the process of choosing the school where she would finish out her college basketball career. The minute that this was announced speculation immediately started as to which school would be lucky enough to gain her services, or as what I refer to Kirsten Tilleman Sweepstakes.

Lets start with a little review first. Tilleman is a 6-1 power forward who started all 31 games for Oregon State last season, while averaging 8 points, and 8 rebounds while shooting 46% from the field and shot 58% from the charity stripe in 2009-10 season. As a true freshman she averaged 3.8 points and 4.1 rebounds per game the previous year. Tilleman as a high school player was named 2006-07 Montana Gatorade Basketball Player of the Year as a junior, and 2007-08 Montana Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year. As a senior she averaged 14.4 points, 9.8 rebounds, 3.8 steals, 2.9 assists and 2.8 blocks per game, and was the most highly sought after senior basketball player in the state. Oh yea did I mention she is an honor student.

When it became public about her wishes to transfer, both the boosters at Montana State and Montana started to get real excited about the possibility of landing Tilleman to play for their program. There is speculation even, on as well as some booster friends of mine that Tilleman has committed to play for the Griz in the 2011-12 season – the first year she will be eligible. I think this speculation is a little premature. While I feel the Griz are a very strong contented for Tilleman’s services, I am hearing from a couple sources close to the situation that she has not committed to any program, and will visit up to 5 schools before making her decision. I also hear she is not rushing her decision. I have heard that Tilleman will be visiting U of Montana  and then head over to Bozeman for an official visit to Montana State May soon. After these trips she will schedule others.

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Recruiting: Grizzly progress report

We are about 4 weeks into the late recruiting period with about 2 week remaining I thought I would do update where the four Montana based D-1 programs currently stand and what is left to finish out their recruiting. This is the second of two updates. The first covered the Montana State teams, this one will cover the Montana programs.

The Montana Grizzly Men

The Griz men signed two JC players so far this spring in Art Stewart from Casper JC in Wyoming and Jordan Wood of Snow JC in Utah as well as the high school commit Jamar Kareem from Westchester high school in California. They also lost Micheal Taylor who decided the transfer. When you add up the scholarships that leaves the Griz with six returning letter men, one redshirt freshman, four incoming freshman as well as two incoming junior college players. That gives them the 13 maximum scholarships allowed by the NCAA, so they are done right? It does not appear so.

I have been hearing from multiple sources that the Griz are still looking for a point guard in the JC ranks. The two players that are mentioned most often are Chris Kupets in Hill junior college and Chris McHenry of Garden City JC in Kansans but I understand they are involved with a few others. I believe McHenry might be a long shot. he was committed at one time to Montana but de-committed and I hear a little bad blood has developed. Kupets was committed to Boise State at one point but her de-committed when they changed the coaches. Kupets was said to be leaning towards Cal State Fullerton and Utah as of last week but last it appears Utah has signed another JC point guard yesterday.

If the Griz do sign another player, though, that means that one of the 6 returning will not be coming back. I have heard speculation on who that player might be but no actual solid info, so we will all just have to guess on that – but think perimeter player.

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Recruiting: Bobcat progress report

We are about 4 weeks into the late recruiting period with about 2 week remaining I thought I would do update where the fourMontana based D-1 programs currently stand and what is left to finish out their recruiting.

Montana State Bobcat Men

The Bobcat men just finished up their 2010 recruiting with the signing 5-10 Rod Singleton out of Antelope Valley junior College. This gives the Bobcat men 8 new players for next season, five returning lettermen (including walk-on Brian Louff) and three redshirt freshmen ( 1 scholarship and 2 walk-ons) who could be on the roster next year. I am not sure though all the walk-ons will be back.

It is always tough being a walk-on for a D-1 club, you have to do all the same work and pay your way through school. Things tend to happen late and even over the summer as far as walk-ons deciding whether to they will return for another year, but this is what I am hearing. Steven Davis is looking like a real strong likely hood that he will return for his next year. Brain Louff I am hearing as of right now will most likely return, but I have to imagine he would be a very nice prize for a D-2 or NAIA club so I am keeping my eye on him. After injuring his knee last fall I suspecting Colt Idol might be inclined to return for another year at MSU to see how he could compete against the scholarship guy’s now that he is 100% healthy, but I am hearing some rumblings that Idol is getting a lot of interest and scholarship opportunities from some Frontier schools with Carroll College being the school I hear most often. I am not sure if he will return.

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Bobcats Men finish it up

Brad Huse and the Montana State basketball program have finished up their recruiting for the 2010 season, with the signing of Rod Singleton of Antelope Valley JC in California. Singleton is a highly recruited point guard who nick name is “Pitbull” who a very quick and tough minded guard who has played on winning team since his high school years.

Singleton played varsity basketball for Fairfax high school in Los Angeles all four year while at Fairfax averaging 10 points and 5 assist a game his senior year. he was originally signed by Cal State Northridge out of high school but did not clear the NCAA clearing house and had to go the JC route, where he enrolled at Antelope Valley JC.

At Antelope Valley he grey shirted his first year paying his own way to attend the school and concentrate on his studies. He played for AVJC the following two year where he was named First Team All-Foothill Conference honors in both years.

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G. F. Trib Boy’s Super State Team

This past Sunday the Great Falls Tribune announced their annual list for the Montana Super State All Boy’s Basketball team. Many of the same names that appeared on a Midland State of Montana All Star Classic team but the main difference though is that the Super State team is that it can name underclassmen to its team. The other big difference is that the Super State team will never play a game together.

I like this team’s selection a lot. Again, I might have made one or two other choices, but the difference are dependent on how you look at. The usual suspects are all there save for Blake Brumwell (of Big Sandy) is there. The two under class men on the team are Riley Bradshaw of Corvallis and Jordan Richards of Butte central. Bradshaw who is only a sophomore but is rumored to already hold D-1 offers. The other is Jonathan Richards of Butte Central who I am sorry to admit that I really do not know much of him. Looks like I am going to have to get on the ball on that.

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Signing Day Preview: Bobcat Women

This Wednesday will be the start of the spring signing day which will go until mid May and I wanted to update on various rumors and as well as my opinion (guess) on what the four programs are doing and who they could sign during the late period.

The current trend that all four programs have been following the past 3-4 years is to primarily sign high school kids in the early period and JC transfers in the late period, and this year they look to no different.

Bobcat Women:

Signed in the Fall:

Ausha Cole 5-7 Guard – Gilbert AZ
Kate Webb 5-8 Guard – Runaway Bay, Queensland, AU
Emily Allen 6-0 Combo Forward – Runaway Bay, Queensland, AU



Scholarship status:

The Bobcat Women have one scholarship still to be filled. I believe they are looking for a junior college 4 or 5, but I would not rule out a high school player. Given the fact, that Binford has never filled all of her scholarships in any given year since she has been the Bobcat head coach, it would also not surprise me if she could not find the right player that she kept the scholarship open and saved it until next year.

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April 2010

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