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Update on future Grizzly: Billy Reader

This is another update on a future Bobcat or Griz player today I am going to look at Billy Reader.

Billy Reader 6-8 Lake Oswego high school in Lake Oswego Oregon

Last spring Billy Reader was considered a D-1 prospect but not a lot of schools were tripping over themselves to get to him. He averaged a very modest 9 points and 6 rebounds a game his junior year albeit on a very good Lake Oswego team, but when you are in the 6-8 to 6-9 range recruiters do tend to pay attention. Last spring and summer though he definitely piqued the interest in a handful of D-1 programs with his play in the AAU circuit. Reader was considered to be the #2 big man on his AAU with the #1 distinction falling on Portland State signee 6-10 Brandon Cataldo, but what playing with Cataldo did do for Reader was allow him to move out of the center spot to the power forward spot and it is here that Reader really caught the interest of D-1 coaches.

What coaches’ saw in Reader were some athleticism and offensive skills that would definitely allow him to play the forward spot in college and at 6-8 great size also. The word that started to be bounced around was potential. Montana, Montana State and Portland State really thought they had a real sleeper in Reader and were all recruiting him very hard. He of course eventually signed Montana.

This past year it appears that Reader showed some of that potential for Lake Oswego. Reader averaged 16 points, 8 rebounds for them this year but was sort of up and down. He had high games of 21, 22, 24, 27, 28 points as well as lows of 4, 8, 8, 9, & 9. His rebounding was like wise a little up and down. It also seemed for the Lake Oswego team as Billy Reader went so did the fortunes of LO.

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Odds and Ends 12/30/09

It has been quite a while since I have done an Odds and Ends post but I have a handful of thing that are worth mentioning but maybe not in a full post by themselves.

  • In the in case you missed it category Helena Capital’s Matt Miller committed to Boise State a couple day’s ago. Sorry nothing from me at the time but I had a few balls in the air, but this sounds like a great choice by Mr. Miller. As a matter of fact I think Arizona State and Stanford would also have been great choices as well. Here is a quote Miller gave to Rick Kimbrel of (part of the network).

“When I went down to Boise State for my visit,” Miller said. “I just felt so comfortable and thinking about it I felt that at Boise I would be the most happy for the next couple of years of my life.

“Boise State is a great football team,” Miller said. “They are a top 10 football team year in and year out. That is very enticing to me.

“The school as well is on the rise academically,” Miller said. “I kind of want to get into wildlife biology and ultimately become a college coach so I felt at Boise State, I could accomplish all those goals.

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Prospect Update: Grizzly Men

This is the second of four updates on signee’s /commits from the four Montana State and University of Montana basketball programs. Part 1 featured an update on the Montana State men’s program, this update will focus on the Montana men’s program. Part two will feature the Montana State Women’s program while part 4 will be the lady Griz program.

2010 Signees

  • Michael Weisner 6-7 F Walla Walla, HS – Weisner started out the season rather cold scoring in the single digits in his first two game, as team mate Gary Winston (Idaho signee) put up some big scoring nights. Recently though he has been putting up numbers close to 20 points a game. Over all Weisner is averaging 16 points a game this season. It also appears from the news paper accounts he is starting at the shooting guard spot.

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Future players start their season

The high school basketball season across the United State is just starting to get into high gear, and most of the 18 recruits signed or committed to the four Montana D-1 prospects have already started their season with most of the rest getting under way this coming week-end.

Around Montana a few players started their season last weekend with Carly Selvig’s (Glendive), Lexi Nelson (Butte), Kellie Cole (Bozeman) and Blake Brumwell (Big Sandy) getting a game. The remainder of the Montana players and teams kicking in the next couple of day’s.

From out of the state of Montana, Bobcat women’s signee Ausha Cole leads the pack in games already played with 9 games under her belt. Bobcat men’s signee Chris McCall is the only player to yet kick off his season, but his Cheyenne high school team starts it season tonight.

Montana State’s two Australian recruits Kate Webb and Emily Nelson are a whole different ball game. These two women have already finished their high school career and the whole Australian under 18 basketball system is so different than the here in the United States.

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Early signing period: Wrap up (Part 1)

I have been waiting for a few last Big Sky schools to announce their final recruits, but it just seems that Weber State and Northern Colorado are in not hurry to announce their Fall letter of intents. I am primarily going to look at the four Montana programs In Part 1, and then have a complete list of all the Big Sky program signees as I believe they now stand in Part 2. I will create a page called commitments in the coming days that I will keep a running and updated list.

Montana State Men’s fall Letter of Intents

Notes: This is by far Brad Huse’s best freshman class and maybe best class period, since he took over the program.

Chris McCall, G, 6-3, Fr, Las Vegas, NV (Cheyenne)
Notes: The prize of the early recruiting period. Has the ability to play all three front court positions and could help feel the immediately fill the voids left by Bynum and Navarre. I am not predicting a starter by any means but a solid contributor. The best guard prospect Huse has signed while at Montana State.

Shawn Reid, F, 6-5, Fr, Post Falls, ID (Post Falls)
Notes: The sleeper of the class, an injury last season and hidden up in the North West, has kept him under the recruiting radar. An athletic, big and skilled wing player who is primed for a great season. Physically a late bloomer the Coaches are hoping they found another Erik Rush.

Casey Trujeque, G, 5-8, Fr, Los Angeles, CA (Price)
Notes: The Kid with a chip on his shoulder. Trujedue was over looked by a lot of larger programs because of his size. Talented small guards have proven that they can excel in the Big Sky. He is a pure point guard, who could contribute early. I talked to a couple sources in California ( granted one with a Bobcat bias) and they both feel he will play significant minutes next year.

Blake Brumwell, F-C, 6-8, Fr, Big Sandy, MT (Big Sandy)
Notes: The Project, of the group he has the raw materials and skills to be a good post in the Big Sky conference but, will need some time to adjust from Montana Class C to the Division 1 level.

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Montana Men announce signees

griz_1The University of Montana announced the signing of three high school prep starts today. The three players were the players who we expected them to sign, 6-2 guard Vaughn Autry, 6-9 center / forward Billy Reader and 6-7 forward Michael Weisner. At the end of the press release it state Tinkle may wait until this spring to sign his remaining two scholarships. Here is the press release:

Grizzlies ink three prep standouts

by: Dave Guffey of UM Sports Information
Thursday, 11/12/2009 Updated: 11/12/2009 1:00 PM

The University of Montana has signed three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent announced fourth year Grizzly Head Coach Wayne Tinkle.

The new additions are Vaughn Autry from Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.), Billy Reader of Lake Oswego High School (Ore.), and Michael Weisner from Walla Walla High School (Wash.).

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Signing day (or week)

signToday marks the start of the Early Signing period for basketball, and a few other sports. The early period spans from November 11th thru 18th so actually it is an 8 day week. The “regular” or late signing period last a little over a month starting in mid April. Despite this it can not be over emphasized how important the early signing period is for coaches and their programs.

Earlier this week I read in an article that stated 81 of the top 100 prospects in the country had already committed and were expected to sign this week. Since that time I know a few other have committed and it would not surprise me if by the time November 18 rolls around the number of available top 100 kids falls into the single digits.

Obviously the Montana programs do not get many chances to recruit top 100 players, I would guess that from the pool of athletes they recruit from the percentages of players signing is not that high, but I would guess that the percentage is pretty close to 75% of their top prospects. One of the things that will keep this number lower are player / prospects who hope their stock will rise (to Pac-10 etc.) if they wait until spring. Additionally there will be some late bloomer / sleepers who will emerge after their senior year of basketball.

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Recruiting: Where are the Griz at?


With the early signing period starting on November 11 and last through the 18th I thought I would take a look at where the Grizzly programs currently stand, as I know it. It is very possible that there are a commit or two that I do not know about.

I think it has been a very productive fall for all two programs and for the most part they have filled most of their projected open scholarship. When I say, projected scholarships, I am talking about the number of seniors on the team plus open scholarships. It highly like that there will be at least one scholarship that may open up on a team due to underclassmen deciding to leave.

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Odds and ends: Committment edition

McCall_4There are a few internet articles out today on some recent commitments to both Montana and Montana State that I thought I would update you on.

Kevin McCarthy of and had an article today about Autry’s commitment to Montana. The article mentions one of the determining factors in his decision was that he felt with the graduation of AJ Johnson and Ryan Staudacher, he would have the opportunity to contribute as a true freshman.

Kevin had the following quote from Aurty’s high school coach:

Here is Serra coach Dwan Hurt on his senior: “Vaughn led us in scoring last season and he plays both ends of the floor. I really enjoy watching him play. He’s also well-rounded with a grade point average in the 3.3/3.4 range. I’ve always said what you do in the classroom carries out on to the floor and Vaughn is an example of that.” Hurt is a Serra and a Gonzaga graduate who played alongside NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton.

Here is a link to the full article, but you will need subscription to

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Griz Pick up their 3rd commit



I have heard that Wayne Tinkle’s Montana Grizzlies have received a verbal commitment from Billy Reader of Oswego Lake high school in Oregon. Reader is a 6-8 who can play the center spot but who is also athletic enough to play the power forward spot. Most of the schools who were recruiting him were projecting him as a power forward. He is still growing so he may top out at 6-9 to 6-10 range.

Lake Oswego has been somewhat of a big man factory placing at least one big man (sometimes more) in the D-1 ranks each year for the last 4-5 years including a guy by the name of Kevin Love to UCLA now the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Reader averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds last year while playing with current Portland State freshman 6-7 Max Jacobson. Reader projected to be the Man this year for Oswego. You can find more info about Reader in this post I did earlier “Bobcats and Griz entertain Billy Reader”

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