As I reported earlier today and has been hitting the Web this afternoon, Miles City’s Kalli Durham has Committed to play for the Bobcat Women’s team starting the 2011-12 season. Kalli is the latest in a long line of Durhams to where the Blue and Gold. Her Grandfather played for the Bobcat, Her Uncle Mick also played in the late 1970’s, and went on to coach then went on to coach the Bobcat’s for most of the 90’s and 00’s. Her cousin Casey (Mick’s son) also played for the Bobcats a few years ago. Am I missing anyone. I am told that Kalli very much wanted to follow in the family tradition and wear the blue and gold, and last night she got the opportunity.
Kalli Durham is a 5-8 guard but will be looking to break the family tradition the Durham point guards as she is more true shooting guard. She has started every game for Miles City since her freshman year averaging 10 points a game as freshman, 17 points as a sophomore, and 18 points a game this past year in her junior campaign. I believe by the end of last season she became Miles City all time scorer, and will look to build on that next season.
I have not had much of an opportunity to see her play personally so I got in touch with three friends of mine who are very familiar with he play and they all pretty much agreed with each other. My Favorite quote was her AAU coach Mark Albert:
“My best comparison is Rachel Semanski at the guard spot… … a bit more like Sonya Rogers.”
Everyone agrees Durham is a very tough player who play’s with a tremendous amount of heart. She knows how to get to the free throw line and make team pay for fouling her with a killer free-throw percentage. Despite being only 5-8 she is very good at scoring the ball in the paint, but she can also shoot deep. Although she is not a point guard she is a very good passer, and has played all 5 positions for Mile City. There also seems to a consensus that the Dribble Drive system that Binford employees is the perfect system for Durham.
In addition to her basketball skills, she is also an Class A All State volleyball player as a sophomore and Junior year. She also carries a perfect 4.0 grade point average.
Kalli recruitment has been interesting. She has wanted to be a Bobcat for quite some time, but I do not believe the Bobcats had offered her before this week. The main concern that I had heard about her, was that at 5-8 she might a little small to play the 2 or three position at the D-1 level. Kalli had a pretty good spring playing AAU ball and summer camping and was starting to turn some heads, and then she exploded last week.
Kalli has been playing for the Montana Big Sky Hoops AAU team that also features Lady Griz commit Haley Vining and Montana State commit Jackie Elliot (more on her later). Last week in one of the biggest AAU tourney of the season Durham lead Big Sky Hoops to a 4-1 record their only loss came in the Championship game against San Diego Swift AAU team. BSH’s biggest win came against the highly ranked Minnesota Tartan team, with Binford, and two MSU assistants (not to mention Robin Selvig) in the stands. Against the much taller and – sorry – more talented Tartan team Kalli and the BSH team wow the coaches. At the end of the tournament the event, the coordinators named Kalli the MVP of BSH, and it seems she proved she could play with the big girls.
This past couple weeks has been a quiet period for D-1 coaches and athletes, with the first contact period starting July 16. Binford called and offered Durham at 12:01 AM this morning (July 16th) and I believe by 12:02 Binford had a commit.
I am told Kalli was receiving recruiting interest from Portland State, Army, Columbia, Montana as well as Montana before the summer started and was generating a lot more interest due to her play in Portland. She also held offers from most of the Frontier conference as well as MSU-Billings
The Bobcat basketball world should be in balance tonight with another Durham on board.
Gidal Kaiser from the Bozeman Chronicle also has a nice write up and interview with Ms. Durham here