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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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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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24
May
10

Rating Bobcat 2010 Basketball Class (Part 1)

This blog has is mainly a basketball recruiting blog so I really wanted to try to do an in-depth look at the Montana State men’s basketball 2010 recruiting class. I also wanted to try not to cover ground that has already been covered a half dozen times here and else where. I wanted to be able to rate this class in my own way but also give anyone else who may be reading this post the ability to rate it themselves. You may not have your own blog but in your own mind you can hopefully read this and come up with your own mental grade. The first part of this post will be the looking at the individual player who make up the 2010 class. Part two will putting it all together and grading out the different aspects of the class and an over all grade.

You do not have to agree with me, I would prefer you make up your own mind.

Talent:

This clearly is the best recruiting class Brad Huse has put together since coming to Montana State. I am not going to rate the athletes 1-7, but instead talk about them in tiers. If you want an excellent article on ranking the prospects check out Will Holden’s great article here. I helped Will with this article and would have to agree with how he ranked the athletes. I would, though, like to point out that in my opinion there are very little difference between #1-3. I also think come next September and the recruits have had a chance to work on their game and body’s over the summer, this ranking could have significant changes. I have seen recruits shoot up the depth chart significantly by working their butts off over the summer and others who dropped because they did not.

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27
Apr
10

Bobcats Men finish it up

Brad Huse and the Montana State basketball program have finished up their recruiting for the 2010 season, with the signing of Rod Singleton of Antelope Valley JC in California. Singleton is a highly recruited point guard who nick name is “Pitbull” who a very quick and tough minded guard who has played on winning team since his high school years.

Singleton played varsity basketball for Fairfax high school in Los Angeles all four year while at Fairfax averaging 10 points and 5 assist a game his senior year. he was originally signed by Cal State Northridge out of high school but did not clear the NCAA clearing house and had to go the JC route, where he enrolled at Antelope Valley JC.

At Antelope Valley he grey shirted his first year paying his own way to attend the school and concentrate on his studies. He played for AVJC the following two year where he was named First Team All-Foothill Conference honors in both years.

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