Rating the Talent
High School Recruits
This class is the best freshman class that Montana State has recruited in recent memory going back at least 10 years. The three player (McCall, Salley, and Johnson) at the top of my (and most others) list are considered to be as good or better prospects as Bobby Howard was coming out of high school. While Reid and Trujeque are considered to be about a 1/2 step below those three it is only because they have a question associated with them. For Trujeque it is his height and Reid it is his aggressiveness. It would not be two out of the question that if in the end one or both these players turned out to out shined one of those top three.
Brumwell is the biggest question mark I have not seen him play. It is important for Huse to recruit Montana. If you listen to fans and boosters on Bobcatnation and else where it seems to be they also want to see a Montana Presence on the team. There plain has not been a lot of Montana prospects the last few years, but in Brumwell the coaches have found a lot of attributes that they feel can make a solid D-1 prospect. They were willing to take a chance with their 6th scholarship.
Freshman Player Grade: A-minus
Junior College Recruits
Loosing Tre Nichols, when Boise State poached him hurt. Nichols was exactly what the Bobcat coaches wanted a point guard who could score and shoot the deep three ball. There are some trade offs when the Bobcats replaced Nichols with Singleton. Nichols was a lot more explosive scorer with 3 point range. Singleton is not the deep threat of Nichols and maybe not as explosive, but is more of a true point guard than Nichols. Singleton , though I hear, is a much tougher physically and mentally than Nichols. This is not something to be dismissed so quickly. If you look at which junior college players have worked out better with Huse it has always been those tough, players. In the end Singleton may actually be a better pick up than Nichols, he was not their first choice.
Allou was a very late pick up after Austin Brown, left the team unrepentantly in April. The coaches were caught off guard and had to scramble. They picked up Allou as a role player, and I will not sugar coat it. I like Allou because again he seems to be a Huse type of player. High energy, he works his butt off , smart. I also like the athleticism he brings,
Junior College Player Grade C-plus
Over all Coach Huse and his staff definitely skewed his recruiting towards the future. The high school class is out standing and they chose to recruit long term than to go for an immediate fix. That could hurt them next year
Overall Talent Rating B
Immediate Impact Grade
It is clear that Huse and his staff went for the long term and are willing to possibly take some lumps next year. Salley, Johnson, Trujeque and McCall may be capable of contributing right away their first year but as good as a freshman maybe they can also be inconsistent, and untested. The safe rout would have been to recruit another JC or two instead of the freshman, but that was not in the cards.
The two JC are a mixed bag. Singleton was a good pick up for the Bobcats, but Allou is a role player and certain did not turn the heads of the other Big Sky coaches. The team will depend on the freshman thought to contribute. If the Bobcats were going to count on a freshman class to contribute this is the class I would bet on. This may work out for the Bobcats next year but the Bobcats could also take a step back while the freshman become sophomore.
Immediate Impact Grade C+
When I talked to Bobcat head coach Brad Huse last October about the goals for the 2010 recruiting season he said he wanted to improve the athleticism especially in the front court spots, recruit a very position balanced, class, concentrate his recruiting efforts on the high school level. and possibly pick up a junior college point guard. He followed that path petty closely, and looks like he got the class he was hoping for.
Overall Bobcat Recruiting class recruiting grade B
One final note in this already to long post. While I do think this is a very good class, in my observations over the years, it really takes at least two good recruiting classes in row to really take a program up a notch. To often I have seen a great recruiting class followed up by a mediocre class only to really screw up the momentum. I really think the pressure will be on Huse and his coaches to in 2011 to match this class and really bring the talent level up a notch.