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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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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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12
Apr
10

Signing Day Preview: Bobcat Men

This Wednesday will be the start of the spring signing day which will go until mid May and I wanted to update on various rumors and as well as my opinion (guess) on what the four programs are doing and who they could sign during the late period.

The current trend that all four programs have been following the past 3-4 years is to primarily sign high school kids in the early period and JC transfers in the late period, and this year they look to no different.

Bobcat Men:

Signed in the Fall:

Blake Brumwell 6-7 240 Center – Big Sandy, MT
Chris McCall 6-4 175 Shooting Guard – Las Vegas, MT
Casey Trujeque 5-7 165 Point Guard – Los Angeles, CA
Shawn Reid 6-5 195 Forward / Guard– Post Falls, CA

Commits

Jordan Salley 6-7 230 – Forward /Center – Los Angeles, CA

Salley looks to be on board and ready to sign. Considering one of his social networking pages has the Bobcat logo plastered all over it, it looks like a pretty safe bet. His rehab for his knee injury last June seems to be coming around well, he is working out and should be ready to go by this summer.

Tre Johnson 6-7 215 – Combo Forward – Reno NV

Johnson seems to be on board to sign with the Bobcats. There 2-3 newspaper articles last week about his commit to MSU some with short interviews. Still I will feel better after Wednesday. Johnson was also recruited by Boise State and Santa Clara, these were the two schools involved in poaching former Bobcat commit Tre Nichols. I am still a little nervous.

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23
Mar
10

Update on future Bobcat: Casey Trujeque

This is the first in a series of updates the future Bobcat and Griz players. I will cover how they did this past season as well as what I am hearing / projecting their impact on the programs will be. I am going to be coving both the men’s and women’s programs, and I will do a separate post on each player. Some may be longer than other. A few of the players are still playing ball but are almost done. The order will be somewhat random so don’t read anything more into it than I am picking them as they come to me.

Feel free to ask any questions and feel free to disagree and tell me why. We need though to keep things respectful.

Casey Trujeque 5-7 Price high school Los Angeles California

Casey was the first commit the Bobcat’s got in this class last April. I have been told or read, the Bobcats developed a relation ship with the Price high school coach while recruiting some other Price players. The Price coach called the Bobcat coaching staff and told them they needed to look at this kid (Trujeque) I think he would be a great fit for you. The coaches did and they loved what they saw, relatively quickly (I believe in less than 4 weeks) Casey was offered by the Bobcats and he committed.

I asked Huse last November or December who he thought would play point guard for Montana State in 2010-1. He said that he felt Rush would start their next year and Trujeque would play major minutes. When I my eye brow went up with the mentioning of Trujeque Huse went on to say Trujeque is the first true point guard that he has had in the program and that he will play early and could possibly start as a freshman. I do not think I have ever heard Huse project a true freshman to ever to play major minutes let alone start. I will take his comments with a grain of salt but obviously there is a feeling that he could make an impact.

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22
Feb
10

The three toughest Prospects

Well I have been following as best I can the future Bobcat and Grizzly basketball players as best I can this winter but there are three prospects out there who I have been having a heck of a time getting any info on the past 2-3 months. Two of them are pretty obvious for their locations. Emily Allen and Kate Webb the dynamic Aussie dual from Runaway Bay in Queensland Australia. The other is Casey Trujeque from Price high school in Los Angelis California. Here though is a little bit of what I do know.

The thing you have to remember about Allen and Webb and Australia. Given that it is actually summer down under and their school year ended sometime in November. Webb and Allen have already graduated from high school and are doing what ever high school graduate do while waiting for college to start … 8-10 months later.

I found a web page that indicates Allen, a 6-0 forward/guard is currently playing for the Queensland state U20 (under – 20 years old team). After two games Webb is averaging 6 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals a game in fewer than 20 minutes a game. This is not bad considering this is an all star team made up mostly of players 2-3 years older than Allen.

Sorry folks I have not been able to find any info on what Kate Webb is up to, although I do not believe she is playing for the Queensland U20 team, but I could be wrong.

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09
Jan
10

Prospect Update: Little, Autry, Trujeque

I have a couple, well actually three updates on some basketball prospects that have either signed or committed to the Montana State of Montana.

Danny Little 6’8” 2011
Earlier this week I posted an article on Billings Skyview center and Montana State basketball commit Danny Little, being named athlete of the week by a local TV station. I should have waited a day because that night Little went out and had his best game as a high school player against Laurel high school. The 6-foot-8 little scored 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots while shooting 75% from the field and he hit all 4 of his free throws. A friend of mine was at that game (as well as a couple others of Skyview’s games this season) and gave his evaluation of Little’s game. He feels Little is just starting to get comfortable with his role as the main man in the middle. He has really evolved quite a bit this summer. Little reminds him a lot of former Hellgate/Griz player Matt Kempfert at this point in his development. Little has not shown quite the mid range game of Kempfert at the same age but Little is a much better interior intimidator / shot blocker. Both players move very similarly in the post. He thinks, Little still has to develop a killer instinct, but after watching him last Thursday, he is figuring it out.

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