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14
Sep
10

Montana State Men’s Basketball Preview (part 2)

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.

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03
Jun
10

Early look at the 2010-11 Bobcat Men

With summer approaching and recruiting for 2010 over , with the possible exception of walk-on, I thought I would take a preliminary look at the next years Bobcat men’s team. Below I will break it down who I think, as of now are projected starters, major rotation guys as well as bench players, and finally I will give you my depth chart as of the first week in June. As always I reserve the right to change my mind come this fall.

Favorites for Starting positions

Bobby Howard combo forward– Howard really came on strong for the Bobcats in conference season last year earning First Team All Conference. He averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds a game during conference and the coaches will be looking to matching or bettering those numbers especially the rebounding next season. I think Howard will be the guy who will be facing pressure to be the leader on and off the court, but he should be up to the challenge. Look for the Bobcats to look to play Howard at the small forward some next year also.

Eric Rush point shooting and wing guard – Like Howard, Rush is going to looked at to be a leader for this team. Rush was also a double digit scorer for the Bobcat, but his biggest asset is flexibility to play any where from the point to the small forward. I see him starting at the shooting guard, but he could start at the point or wing if another player emerges at the shooting guard. Where ever he starts he will play all 3 perimeter spots for the Bobcats and they will need to get 30-35 minutes a game from Rush.

Danny Piepoli shooting guard / small forward – After spending the past two years as a key reserve, Piepoli will be looked to hold down the other wing position along side Rush. Danny has steadily improved his game over the last two years and his emergence as the leading contender for an open starting position, led to Austin Brown to transfer looking for a place he could start. The Bobcats will be very young next year as with Rush the Coaches will be looking for Piepoli to give them a solid 30-35 minutes a game.

Rod Singleton point guard – Singleton was recruited to be the Bobcats starting point guard for 2010, so at this point you have to pencil him as the starting point guard. Singleton is a pure point guard but can also score the ball so he may get some looks as a shooting guard if Trujeque becomes a viable option at the point. Of the four player in this Singleton is the one player I could see possibly moved out of the starting line up. If a player like Allou or McCall make a strong argument for a starting role, do not be surprised if Huse move Rush to the starting point guard to make room in the starting five, but it would take a very strong effort by one of these players to move Singleton out.

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22
May
09

Huse Wraps it up …… (part 2)

Part 2 the Big Men

This is the second part of a look at Montana States Men’s Basketball team 2009 recruits.

Steven Davis
6-7 Freshman (Walk-on)

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Mr Davis is much better looking than this basketball but I could not locate a picture

What he needs to do. First off I am going to admit Steven is a guy I have the least feel for, so this will be rather generic. Davis needs to come into the program with the right attitude, and given his brother track record I don’t think that will be a problem. He needs to the guy who the coaches refer to as a player who gets things done. Maybe not the best at anyone area but makes an effort on defense, can rebound and score some. He also needs to prove he will get it done in the weight room which the coaches stress so much to the big men. Become a sponge and try to take in as much as possible as early as possible. Huse’s system is complex and had been the down fall of more than one new player. Don’t become that player.

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03
Apr
09

MSU recruit update: Jeff Budinich

ESPN has updated it’s evaluation on Montana State recruit Jeff Budinich. Here is what they say.

March, 2009: Budinich is one of the better sleepers in the west and a relative unknown outside of Washington. What standouts about his game is his ability to score in a variety of ways. He has a intriguing skill package that is quite versatile. He can be a potent scorer in the paint area and can knock down the mid-range jump shot with regularity. In addition, he can demonstrate his feel for the game with his ability to pass. One area of concern, however, is his effort level-he has a tendency to take plays off. With his ability to score inside and out, he should make an immediate
impact at Montana State.

They also update they evaluation score to a 70.

Here is what that means

70-79: Major/Mid-Major Prospect Player
either can earn a scholarship to a top national Division I program or contribute
significantly as a freshman at the mid-major level.

Link

24
Mar
09

MSU Recruit Update: Jeff Budinich

Montana State recruit Jeff Budinich played this past week end in the Cloud NineAll Star Game. His SPSL North all star team defeated the SPSL South all star team 163 -117, in a game that obviuosly featured very little defense. Jeff scored 16 points and had a 2 blocked shots. Pictured Jeff Budinch in the Cloud Nine all star game

18
Mar
09

Bobcat Men’s Basketball Wrap Up and Look Ahead (Part 4)

This is the final in a series of four posts on the Bobcat men’s basketball team, discussing the past season and a look ahead to next season. Part 1 Season Wrap up, Part 2 Look ahead: Big men, Part 3 Look Ahead: Wing players and Part 4 Look Ahead: Recruits.
Last fall Coach Huse only signed one athlete during the early signing period, with that being freshman forward Jeff Budinich, but since then he has received to verbal commitments from Whitefish’s Colt Idol and Northern Idaho CC’s Michael Swita. Budnich, a 6-10 ½ forward from Kentlake Washington, has a chance to contribute next year, because of his offensive skills. The areas that he will need to develop and work on this spring and summer are his defense, strength and conditioning. Still prior to the season he showed enough improvement to these areas that he has turned his head with his improvements. He also has had the advantage of playing against and with some of the best high school big men in the country. Colt Idol comes from an excellent Montana high school program and is an athletic guard who can score inside or out, still it is almost guaranteed that he will redshirt next year with roster of guard returning and coming off of redshirt years next year. Michael Swita is the one guy that is guaranteed not to redshirt next year. He redshirted the 2007-08 season. He is also the guy I have the most questions about. #1 will he be healed up and ready to go next year. As of about a 1-2 month back he was still struggling with his knee injury, but I was assured by someone close to the situations that he would be set to go by spring. The second question revolves around, Swita who is from France, has only played two years of organized basketball before coming to the United States, and then since coming to the States he has been limited by injuries. If ready to go the 7-0 Swita will give us a true center in the middle who can bang. He can also score out to about 15 feet and is a very good passer. For the spring signing period, in addition to signing Swita, and Idol, I believe the coaches primary focus is on recruiting a point guard, but I believe they have keeping their thumbs in with a few big men. Most of the point guards I have heard they were involved with have been high school kids, but I believe they have also looked at a few JC’s. Most of the big men they are involved with are people they were looking at in the fall, and they may be keeping involved in case something happens with Swita, who remember has not officially signed with the Cats. Purely speculation here but if Swita continues to have problems with his knee I would not be surprised if he decided to bag it and return to France.
17
Mar
09

Bobcat signie Budnich to play on a power house All Star Team

Montana State signie Jeff Budnich a 6-10 power forward from Kentlake, Washington has been chosen to play in the Cloud Nine All Star Game in the state of Washington starting this Friday. The game features 8 teams consisting of difference classifications across Washington. Jeff will be playing for the SPSL North team who is expected to be the favorite coming in to the tournament. Here is the projected starting line up for the SPSL North team:

6’9″ Josh Smith at Center – Jr short list North Carolina, Duke, and Washington
6″10″ Josh Budinich at PF – Sr – Signed Montana State
6’7″ Cole Dickerson at SF Jr – WSU, UM, and many others.
6’8″ Christian Behrens at SG Jr – WSU, UW
6’1″ Gary Bell at PG – Jr. committed to Washington

Additionally the will have at least two more seniors who will be coming off the bench that have or will sign with D-1 schools.

SPSL main challenge will come from their own conference, from the SPSL south all star team. Incidentally for Griz fans I am told Eric Hutchison and a couple of his Mark Morris team-mates were invited to joined the 2A All-Star team but turned it down,

05
Mar
09

Update on Montana State Commits / Fall Signing

Jeff Budinich KentLake’s team finished the season 8-11, in possibly one of the toughest conference in the nation. Jeff averaged 16.5 points a game, 12 rbs, 2.1 blocks a game. He went against future D-1 big man almost every night including the #1 rated big man the 2010 class. Despite being 6-10, Jeff will not be a center in college, he is a very skilled forward who when he steps on the floor for the Cat’s may be the best three point shooter on the team. I had one of the coaches invoke the name of Domako when they talked about him. He is not a Domako but he is a similar. The big knock on Jeff coming into the season was his defense and willingness to play inside. Jeff put on some muscle over the summer, and developed some post moves and really made strides this winter. There are rumors of a monster dunk he had over Josh Smith (the above mentioned #1 rated big man) that I am trying to find a copy of video. Jeff has the offensive and passing skills to contribute as a true freshman, but, will need to continue his work in the weight room. He has the size 6-10 225lbs, he just needs to make the transition to the college game.


Michel Swita committed to the Bobcat’s in December. He is a 7-0 245 center, who is on the roster of North Idaho JC and originally hails from France. He will be a Sophomore next year when he joins the Cat’s. Michel started the season with a sore knee, 7 games into the season it was determined that his injury needed surgery, and has been out for the remainder of the season. There is talk about Swita applying to the NCAA for a medical hardship year in which case he enter MSU as a Freshman, but I am not optimistic that it would be granted. As I am told by multiple sources Swita is a very skilled big man. He can play the high or low post, and is a true center. He is very mobile, and has the size and strength to bang. Swita is a gamble, if he can recover from the injury bug that has haunted him the last 18 months he could be a big time pick up for the Cats. On the other hand, as you might expect if he can not recover he could be dead weight on the roster. I believe the coaches are watching his recovery very closely.


Colt Idol also committed to the Bobcats in late December. Colt is a 6-3 guard from Whitefish, who has been averaging 20 points, 6 rbs, 2.3 ast, 2 stls, 50% fg, 33% 3fg, and 81%ft. Whitefish is still in the class A title hunt. Colt scoring is down a little from last year but I hear he is but has been working much harder on defense. Colt is a pretty good athlete with great springs, and likes to post up smaller players. He has decent 3 point range but is not a pure shooter. I have been told he reminds some of former Bobcat Pete Conway. I would expect him to redshirt next year with depth the Cat’s have at the guard position next year. He could though make an impact on the 2010-11 team.


The following is a list on basketball prospects that I have heard that the Grizzlies may be looking at. This is not a complete list by any means. There are also most likely some names on this list who they are either not recruiting any more or who they were not recruiting at all. This list is culled from multiple sources, including published accounts and word of mouth. I will up date this list from time to time.




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