This is the second part of my two part series looking at the Montana State men’s basketball program players. In this post I am looking at the front court players that included the power forward (4) and the center (5)
Front Court (power forward and center)
The front court will be very untested this year aside from All-Conference player Bobby Howard there is not a lot of experience there. It will be manned by returnees but the back up will all be new comers.
Bobby Howard 6-7 (PF)
The All-Conference player is going to counted on to play major minutes this coming season and be a big point and rebounding producer for the Bobcats. Howard significantly improved his shooting percentages last season which has always been a problem the previous two year, and he need to continue to be a very effective player for the Bobcats. Reports are that Bobby physically looks the best he has ever looked and playing even better. For the Bobcats to be successful they will need a very productive senior campaign from Howard.
Cody Anderson 6-10 (C)
As the only returning experienced big man on the Bobcat roster Anderson will be looked on to anchor the center position. I have heard that Anderson has slimmed down some since last year, but I do not expect him to be a 30-35 minutes a game player. He will need a solid back up. A good shooter, there is hope that he can become a solid scoring option for the Bobcats. He also has improved his rebounding.
Tre Johnson 6-7 FR (SF, PF)
Johnson has always been considered to be one of the top recruits in the 2010 class, but he has been the most impressive this fall. He showed up in Bozeman in terrific shape, even better than many of the returnees which is rare for freshman. He is athletic, quick and can get up and down the court like a veteran. He is a player who is constantly moving on the court looking for opportunities and wearing out his defender. Johnson is going to be the first front court player off the bench. While ideally I could see Johnson getting his minutes as Howards back up, but with Howard being counted on to play possibly 35 minutes a game I look for Johnson to see a lot of time playing along side Howard. At this point I am not exactly sure who will be playing what position but the coaches will work it out. The coaches have talked a lot bout Johnson eventually playing the small forward spot, the development of his perimeter game will determine that
Jourdain Allou 6-7 (SF, PF, C)
Allou might be considered to be the swiss army knife of the front court. He can do a lot of things on the court, play all three positions and defend any position on the court. He could play the similar role as Tre Johnson, but he is not as dynamic and much more workman like in his approach to the game. He is very aggressive and active on the court. He has a knack for playing defense, blocking shots and getting steals. He is very athletic and never gives up on a play. I think something to keep an eye on is that the coaches really like how he compliments the play of Bobby Howard.
Jeff Budinich 6-9 FR (PF, C)
Coming off his redshirt year Budinich will be counted on to provide some minutes at the center and power forward spot for the Bobcats. I haven’t got a good feeling for Budinich yet, but he can play either facing or with his back to the basket. He has deep shooting range past the three point range. Over his redshirt year he has really put some much needed muscle on his fame. He is the type of big man in the mold Brandon Johnson and Jordan Hasquet but he is young.
Blake Brumwell 6-8 FR (C)
Brumwell is a physical low post center who can score and rebound the ball. He is still a little raw and needs some development. Much like Shawn Reid he is seeing the biggest jump in the level of competition from his high school to the D-1 level so he is going to need some time to make the adjustment to the athleticism and speed of the game.
Steven Davis 6-7 FR (PF, C)
Davis is coming off a redshirt year to see his first action as a collegiate player. As a walk-on he did surprise the coaches with his competiveness and his work habits. He used his redshirt year to put some much needed muscle on as well as improve his conditioning, still I think he is still a year or two away from working his way into the regular rotation.
While it is to soon to put anything in stone this is how I see the players right now. Things will change once practice gets underway.
Point Guard ——– Rod Singleton
Shooting Guard — Eric Rush
Small Forward —- Danny Piepoli
Power Forward — Bobby Howard
Center ————— Cody Anderson
Players Looking to Establish Themselves
*** I would guess one more player will redshirt***