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03
Mar
11

Bobcat Spring recruiting: Davion Pearson

The Bobcat men appear to be hitting the JC Ranks pretty heavily this winter looking for player to sign this spring. It is not exclusively JC player, but of the high school players they are looking at are they are the type that could come in and contribute right away. They also seem to be looking at primarily guards who can score but again there are a few post guys I have heard about.

The Bobcats signed two players in the spring, and have 3 seniors on the roster this year which would leave you to believe that they have one scholarship to offer, but as I have said before a team always seems to loose one or two additional player(s) each spring, so I expect them to sign at least two players this spring. Here are the guys who I have heard rumors that they are looking at.

Davion Pearson 5-11 Combo Guard
Arizona College Prep
16 points, 6 assist, 5 rebounds a game
Year of eligibility: 4 years + redshirt

Recruiting Notes:Pearson is a guy to seriously keep an eye on. The Bobcats have been recruiting him for 3 or so years. Originally last spring he committed to Santa Clara over the Bobcats, but ran into an SAT/ACT problem. He then had a falling out with Santa Clara. Rumor has it Coach Huse and Starr found a spot for him at Az. Col Prep this fall, to work on his test scores. He recently got qualifying SAT score and will an eligible to play as a true freshman next fall.

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22
Oct
10

Bobcats lose Salley and sign Anderson


A few weeks back the Bobcats basketball program was hit with some bad news from the NCAA Clearing House, but took the opportunity to make the best of an unfortunate situation.

With school already underway the NCAA clearing house notified the Bobcats men’s coaching staff and freshman post player Jordan Salley from LaVerne, Los Angeles that they were ruling Salley a “Non-qualifier” for NCAA Division 1 purposes. What this meant is that he would not be allowed to compete for the Bobcats or any other D-1 program until he completes an associate degree from a junior college.

Salley was already enrolled and taking classes at MSU when the news broke. Salley has since transferred to Santa Rosa Junior college in Northern California, and will compete for then the next two years.

As I understand it Salley came up short by the slimmest of margins and that his situation is very similar to that of former Griz basketball player (for about 3 weeks) Thurmond Woods last year.

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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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14
Sep
10

Montana State Men’s Basketball Preview (part 1)

Now that all of the players are on campus, I am going to get started previewing the four Montana State and Montana basketball programs players. First up is the Montana State Bobcat men’s program player. Part 1 will cover the Back Court and for the purposes of these posts that will include the point guard (1), shooting guard (2) and the small forward (3) positions.

Back Court (guards and wings)

In Huse’s system the shooting guard and small forwards are simply considered wings. The bigger player (height or physically) for defensive and rebounding purposes could be considered the small forward while the player with the better ball skills could be considered to shooting guard. Huse is also not averse to playing two point guards at the same time. As a result a lot of players at the 1, 2 and 3 are interchangeable

Erik Rush 6-5 SR (PG, SG, SF)
Put quite simply the most versatile player on the team. He can play all three back court positions and play them well. He has great combination size strength, athleticism, ball skills and the ability to score any where on the court that creates match up problems for opposing teams no matter where he plays. From what I hear he has had a great off season and looks like a beast this season. He will have a great season, but I think the key to having great statistical season that will earn him Big Sky honors may be narrowing his scope. I think if he has jump around between all three positions all season, he may not have the sparkling stats as other players but he will still be the team MVP.

Danny Piepoli 6-6 SR (SG, SF)
It is finally time for Danny to shine. Piepoli has been a terrific role player for the Bobcats the past 3 years, but this year should start, play 30-35 minutes a game, and be one of the important offensive cogs for the Bobcats. Much like Rush I am hearing Piepoli really had a great summer. He should the Bobcat’s dedicated zone buster, and look for him to feast off assists from Rush when teams double team him.

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11
Sep
10

Bobcats track Victor Bermudez


This is a post about a possible Bobcat recruit but, it is also post about how today’s late blooming basketball players are trying to make their way to increase their recruiting profile.

I have heard that the Bobcat Basketball coaches are tracking the progress of a team mate of a current Bobcat player. Victor Bermudez is a 6-2 (although I have seen him listed any where from 6-1 to 6-3) combo guard who is currently attending University Park Academy a prep school located in Houston TX. Last season Bermudez played with current Bobcat freshman guard Chris McCall at Cheyenne high school in Las Vegas Nevada.

Last season at Cheyenne, Bermudez averaged 9 points and 2 rebounds while shooting 50% from the field 48% from the three point arc and 88% from the free-throw line. He played some of his best ball in the last half of the season.

After completing his senior year at Cheyenne, Bermudez along with Cheyenne teammate J’Quon Wrotten was invited attend the Houston prep school, in what I will assume is an effort to generate more interest from D-1 schools. I had heard last year both players were receiving a lot of interest from D-2 and junior college programs.

Cheyenne was really loaded last year with 3 players earning college scholarships it will be interesting to see where Bermudez or Wrotten end up. Here are the other Cheyenne players and where they ended up.

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07
Sep
10

Update on Bobcat Tor Anderson

Last week after posting articles on Ryan McIntyer and Taylor Farnsworth walking on with the Bobcat and Grizzly basketball program respectively, I realized that I have not had any updated information on Tor Anderson since he announced this July that he would be walking on with Bobcat men’s basketball program. So last week I contacted a few folks I know including one of my oldest friends who happens to live in Anderson’s home town of Minnetonka Minnesota to see what further information I could dig up on Mr. Anderson.

Just to bring everyone up to speed here is a little back ground on Tor Anderson. Anderson is a 6-3 200 pound combo guard who finished his career at Minnetonka high school last spring. Anderson played his freshman and sophomore year at Prior Lake a smaller high school in Minnesota. He averages 9 points a game as a freshman and 15 point a game his sophomore year. After his sophomore year he transferred to Minnetonka high school but, run afoul of the Minnesota high school transfer rule. As a result was not allowed to play at the varsity level, and instead played on Minnetonka’s JV team his junior year. He rejoined the varsity team for his senior year this year and averaged 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 steals a game, for a team that featured 5 double digit scorers.

Anderson started much of the season at point guard but ended up playing all three of the wing positions for Minnetonka. His ability to play the point allowed Minnetonka to play Tor, LaSalle signee Cole Stefan (20ppg) and 2011 D-1 prospect Nick Latzke 6-5 (13ppg) at the 1, 2, and three positions. Anderson is an outstanding perimeter shooter, but is an extremely versatile player on offence and one of the better defender in Minnesota last year.

The Bobcat coaches offered Anderson during his junior year. The Bobcats were looking to sign a couple high school guards for 2010, but when Shawn Reid and Chris McCall committed they had to pull their offer to Anderson. Still the coaches kept in touch with Anderson through out the 2009-10 and in the end Anderson liked what he saw in the Bobcats program and decided to walk-on.

I contacted to Michael Much and Ryan James who run Minnesotapreps.com and talked to them about Tor Anderson. Ryan James saw Anderson quote a few times this past year, and really went the extra mile in providing me with a detailed assessment of Anderson’s game.

Tor is a skilled combo guard who filled many roles at Minnetonka his senior season. Anderson has a sharp shooting stroke that allows him to equally as well catching on reversals and receiving to hit when coming off of screens. He’s also a decent ball handler which is why he spent some time running the point for the Skippers last season. Tor has a high court IQ so he makes the right pass more often than not and the offense ran efficiently with the ball in his hands. With that said, Tor is likely better off at the two positions in college for the most part. While he’s a decent athlete, Tor doesn’t have the quickness to play point regularly at the D1 level. He does fill the role as a sharp shooting off-guard. Defensively Anderson’s mechanics are good and he works hard. Tor is the type of strong position defender who could look down a shoot first wing whose shot is created within an offense as compared to off the bounce. Anderson doesn’t have elite level lateral quicks but he can hold his own working through screens against shooting specialists. Anderson isn’t a player you will have to worry about making to many mental defensive mistakes.

Again I have to than Mr. James for being so generous with his time.

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12
Jun
10

MT / WY All-Star Boys (Round 1)

Last night the Wyoming and Montana All-Start laced it up it their first games. In the boy’s game it really was not much of a game. The game started out a little slow at the beginning of the first quarter but then the Montana boy’s got it going. the Montana coaches went with a troupe substitution pattern, subbing in five players at a time. The starting line up (Brumwell, Pierson, Stulc, Miller and Overstreet) seemed to be the more effective line up the first half playing better as a unit and letting the game come to them. the second unit (if you can call it that) seemed to be trying to hard to pound the ball into Huestis and Muller really seemed to be hoisting up a lot of forced shots.

By the second half though both units were playing much better all around ball, and the coaches seem to switch up the line up much better. With Brumwell, Huestis and Pierson shutting down the interior Wyoming went to the perimeter hoisting up a load of 3 point range shots but simply could not hit them.

It was a dominating performance by the Montana boy’s, and by late in the third quarter it really got to be rat ball. The team also started to get a little chippy and there were a few “hard fouls” that really hurt the enjoyment of the game at least by me.

The teams now return to Billing tonight for the second game in the serious, and it should be interesting to see how both teams react to Friday’s blow out. In the early 1990’s a Montana team routed Wyoming by 66 points in Casper only to lose to Wyoming in Billings. Word on the street back then was that the Montana boys got too confident, and the Wyoming boy’s got pissed. This is actually a pretty talented Wyoming team with some great shooters, and if they shoot the ball better in Billings it they could turn the tables.

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