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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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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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24
Aug
09

Odds and Ends 8-24-09

mslacatlogoAs I indicated earlier aside from some assorted basketball commitments there is not a lot of news to report. Both programs at both schools are trying to make arrangements to have prospects visit campus this September and everyone is getting all worked up over the start of the football season. This Odds and ends post will be shorter than normal and is mostly an update.

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  • As an update on my Lady Griz basketball 2009-10 Roster article keep an eye on true freshman guard / forward Kenzie De Boer she is really impressing. I think she will make the starting line up very early in her career and once she gets it she is not going to give it up.
  • In my Bobcat Women’s basketball 2009-10 Roster post, I plugged JC transfer Beata Bak into the starting spot at center. It appears that 6-3 senior center Jamie Thornton is having a very nice summer and may be the center to beat for that starting spot. In any case competition is good and both will play significant minutes this winter. Ashley Albert also continues to impress.
  • A correction to Bobcat men’s basketball 2009-10 Roster, I stated that all of the Bobcat men were on campus this past July-August for second section of the summer semester. In fact I am told that true freshman guard / forward Marc Bourgault was not able to make it Bozeman this summer but had other commitments in France. He will be arriving at the start of the fall semester.

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22
Jun
09

Odds and Ends – 6/22/09

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I have some more odds and ends from last week, which were too small to warrant their own posts.

I still have heard anything at all about Griz players comings and goings, and while I must have admit I have been the guy coming up with all kinds of reason as to why no information has been released, it is getting a little ridiculous. Question, has anyone seen Banny at the Griz camps?

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09
Apr
09

Bobcat’s and Grizzly’s recruit Minnetonka

The Bobcat and Griz have always recruited Minnesota pretty hard, but with North Dakota State moving up to D-1 it has been a little more difficult. Both the Cat’s and Griz have been recruiting Minnetonka High school in Minnetonka Minnesota. The two players that they have been showing interest in are Cole Stefan (#34) and Tor Anderson (#23)

Both the Cats and Griz have been showing interest in Cole Stefan. Stephen a 6-4 shooting guard just finished his junior season where he averaged 19 points a game. That was a 600% increase over his sophomore season when he buried deep in the Minnetonka bench. Minnetonka, a traditional Minnesota power in basketball, had seven players who accepted college scholarships in 2008. Stephen is now considered to be one of the top basketball prospects (#3) in Minnesota in the 2010 class, and is ranked by Rivals and Scouts as a 3 star prospect. Montana State was the first D-1 team to offer Stephan well over a year ago, but since then he has picked up 8 more scholarship offers and more schools who have recreantly stated to get into the recruiting picture. Stefan’s offer list includes Drake, Northern Iowa, Illinois State, Nebraska, Colorado State, UW-Milwaukee, Montana State, Tulsa, and Oral Roberts. Other schools that have recently become involved are Arizona State, Gonzaga, Montana, Columbia, William and Mary, Marquette, and Minnesota.

Cole Stefan’s teammate Tor Anderson was also been offered by the Bobcats close to a year ago. Tor (a great Minnesota name) is a 6-3 185 lb shooting guard ranked who was ranked 12th prospect in Minnesota prior to this past season. Tor played for Prior Lake High school during his sophomore season averaging 15.3 points, 3 assist and 4 rebounds a game, but decided to transfer to Minnetonka high school to play with his best friend and AAU team-mate Cole Stefan for this past season. Anderson then ran into problems with the Minnesota transfer rules and was not allowed to play varsity ball for Minnetonka, this year, and was forced to play on the Minnetonka JV team. Needless to say he dominated at that level. In one game he hit 7 of 9, 3 point shots while scoring 32 points, and sitting out the much of the 3rd and all of the 4th quarter. Anderson is a deep three point threat, but also is also strong enough to post up smaller/skinnier guard down low. He is not he most athletic player but very crafty. Montana State has been recruiting him for close to a year now and are considered the favorite in landing his service at this early stage. Anderson and his family took an unofficial visit to MSU last December to check out the campus and take in a game. He is an early priority for the Cats 2010 class. (Sorry I could not find a picture that was worth a damn for Tor)




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