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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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05
Apr
10

Montana-Wyoming All-Star 2010: Montana Boy’s

The Midland Roundtable has announced their Montana rosters for he annual Montana versus Wyoming All Star games that will be played on June 11 in Sheridan, Wyoming and June 12 at Rocky Mountain College in Billings. The men’s All star series dates back to 1997.

This years boy’s roster features one major star in Stanford bound Josh Huestis of CMR high school. The roster, though, is one of the deepest and most balanced, in quality talent, that the series has seen in a few years with 5-6 other players who got, or are getting, serious looks from some D-1 schools. Matt Miller was offered by a number of D-1 schools in basketball before signing with Boise State for football, while Blake Brumwell signed with Montana State last fall while. I have also heard that Overstreet, Pearson, Stulc, and Muller have or were given serious looks from D-1 clubs.

Scoring will not be a problem with this team with Overstreet, Muller, Stulc, Brumwell, Huestis and Pearson having put up 25 points or greater multiple times this past season. Additionally Brumwell, Pearson and Huestis each averaged double digits rebounds this past season, with Stulc and Miller not that far behind them. The Montana team will have great perimeter scorers, as well as strong physical inside presence. With this much quality balanced talent this team will be difficult to defend.

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09
Dec
09

MT. Prep basketball: Three stars on the Highline

Joe Stulc of Winifred

Over the past few months I have been asked on a couple occasions to do more on prep sports or Frontier Conference basketball. I am not sure if I can but, from time to time I expect to do a few posts that may loosely fall into these and other categories out side of MSU and UM basketball and recruiting.

One of the stories that has interested me over the past 2-3 years has been the development of three very good basketball players along the High Line of Montana only 45 miles apart as the crows fly, in the towns of Big Sandy and Winifred. Winifred features Joes Stulc a slick shooting 6-5 wing man while Big Sandy feature both Blake Brumwell, a burly 6-8 post, as well as Corbin Pearson, a 6-5 sweet shooting combo forward.

College basketball prospects let along D-1 prospects are not all that common among the Class-C schools in Montana, yet these two schools with an total enrollment of less than 135 have three and it has lead to some great basketball and debates the past few years.

The basketball games have pretty much spoken for themselves with Winifred holding a slight advantage over the past couple of years over Big Sandy, but these teams have played some knock down drag out games. Since they play in the Northern –C, they seem to play each other 4-5 times a year. It has been a great rivalry to watch.

These teams are so close together and play so often the question that inevitably asked is, who the better player is, and that is usually followed up with, is” are they D-1 prospects”. As you might guess by reading this blog, for any amount of time, it is the latter question that I have been trying to get answered. In answering the second question, though, does it answer the first question? Maybe, or maybe not.

I have not had the chance to see these guy’s play in person, so I have had to picked the brains of all sorts of folks over the past few years trying to try to figure out the inside scoop on all them. I have to admit, I really do not feel I have these guy’s nailed yet. This is, though, the impression I have gotten from talking to folks.

Joe Stulc of Winifred, at 6-5 (or better according to some) can play inside at the high school level, but has the perimeter shooting ability that is better suited for the wing positions. He is said to be one of the better 3 point shooters in the Class-C. In college he is projected to play the small forward or shooting guard spot, but may need to work on his ball skills to make the jump. A scorer, look for him to average around 25 points a game this season.

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08
Mar
09

Montana Prospects: Junior Class (A couple guy’s to look out for)

While Josh Huestis (CMR), Matt Smith (Capital), Corbin Pearson (Big Sandy) and Blake Brumwell (Big Sandy), are the four Montana juniors that I am hearing are the hot basketball prospects as of right now, there are a couple other guy’s who I think people should keep an eye on.

Joe Stulc (6-5 Winifred) Joe has averaged close to 25 points a game, close to double digits in rebounding, he can post up or shoot out to 3 point range, and plays multiple positions on the floor, for a team that was ranked #1 in the state for much of the season. I had one person describe him as this year’s Andy Garland. I think that might be accurate only as far as he is one of those underrated player that the D-1 coaches are afraid to take a chance on. While Stulc is in the 6-5 to 6-6 range like Garland that is were the physical comparisons end. Stulc position in college will be at the small forward, or possibly guard. He will not be able to push player around in college like does in high school. He has an outstanding perimeter shot with a high quick release. He is going to have to prove to D-1 coaches that he has the ball skills, and the ability to play defense is he is avoid the tweener label. That said I have heard from someone whose opinion I do respect that they feel he is a fits the mold of former Bobcat player Danny Sullivan and could be a real solid D-1 player if he continues to work and develop. From what I have been told though neither the Cat’s nor Griz have invested a lot of time scouting Stulc, but he is now on there radar. I believe coaches were in the house for the Northern class C tourney to watch him, and the guy’s from Big Sandy.

Jacob Owsley (6-7 Bozeman) I saw Bozeman and Owsley play earlier this year and I was pretty impressed on how much he had improved over the past year. It also helps when you go through a growth spurt that add 2+ inches to you height between your sophomore and junior year. From what I saw Owsley is not on a par with Huestis right now, but if he continues to grow and show as much improvement he has displayed recently, he could be a force his senior year. I need to point out that his older brother PJ was an un-recruited 6-6 forward out of Bozeman high his senior year. PJ as a 6-8 forward went on to play for the Bobcats as a true freshman, and ended finishing out his career as a starter for at U. of Hawaii. The Owsley boy’s seem to be late bloomers. Jacob does not get as much attention as Bozeman’s Tanner Roderick, or Gabe Rucker, but he is an intriguing prospect to keep an eye on.

Again these are a couple names of players, in my opinion, that you might want to keep an eye on as possible D-1 prospects for the class of 2010. There could also be some other flying under my radar, after all I had no idea who Colt Idol was until he committed to the Bobcat’s a few months back. Anyone I am missing, you feel should be mentioned?




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