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21
Aug
10

Up to speed w/ Bobcat MBB recruiting

I thought I would try to get folks up to speed with what I know, guess, or speculate is going on with Montana State men’s basketball recruiting. Now as always I usually only bat about 50% with these things so everything should be taken with a grain of salt.

Of the four programs that I cover the Bobcat men program is the one program this year that seems to have the most going on.

The Bobcats should have only three scholarships available for the 2011-12 season when Bobby Howard, Eric Rush and Danny Piepoli finish out their eligibility in March. It would not surprise me if another scholarship opened up by next fall – it happens every year- with out know where that scholarship might come from it is hard to speculate on it.

The Bobcats have one solid 2011 commit from Danny Little from Skyview high school in Billings. They also are rumored to have a commit from 6-3 point guard Jordan Castaneda from Huntington Beach California, but I have not heard anything lately to confirm this. Additionally, recently it appears the Bobcats have received commits from a pair German players Johannes (JoJo) Kriegereit and Jermaine Julien Lippert, but at this point it is not know whether these guy’s will be part of the 2011 or 2012 recruiting class.

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20
Aug
10

Bobcat Commit: Johannes Kriegereit

As I out lined in my Bobcats go international again to get  commits post, the Bobcat men’s basketball team has received a commit from Johannes (JoJo) Kriegereit from Bayern, Germany. Kriegereit is a 6-2 (although I have seem him listed at 6-3 also) point guard who played last year for the German club team MTSV Schwabing. He is about a year out of high school and 20 years old.

For MTSV Schwabing last year he played primarily the point guard spot but has the size and shooting ability to play the shooting guard spot also. He averaged over 19 points a game for MTSV and was the second leading scorer behind the Bobcat’s other German recruit Jermaine Julien Lippert. Also like Lippert he was recently named as one of the top 40 under 20 year old basketball players in Germany.

Lippert and Kriegereit are close friends and want to play college basketball together in the United State and that I believe was a selling point for the Montana State program, who offered both. I am not 100% sure about this but I believe Lippert and Kriegereit also played high school basketball together but I have not been able to confirm Kriegereit’s prep school.

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20
Aug
10

Bobcat Commit: Jermaine Julien Lippert

Lippert (#12) stuffs a shot

As I mentioned earlier the Bobcat coaching staff has received a commitment Jermaine Julien Lippert from Munich, Germany. Lippert is a 6-8 230 pound forward who plays all three front court position. I believe he will play the power forward spot in college but he has the shooting range and athleticism that would allow him to play the small forward spot also.

During his senior year in high school in 2008-09 he played for Bayern Muenchen school he averaged 23 points, 11.5 rebounds, and 2.5 steals per game. Last year he played for MTSV Schwabing in Munich a club team that feature a few American players. For MTSV he averaged a whopping averaging 31 points, 11 rebounds, and 2.3 steals per game. As you might guess his points and rebounds were top averages on his team. This year Lippert was named one of the top 40 under 20 basketball players in Germany.

Now the big question when looking at such gaudy stats from a foreign player is, how stiff was the competition and who will he do in the United States. I am not qualified to answer this question but I got to feel playing for U20 German club team the competition has to be at least equal or greater that Montana AA Class, but I am guessing not quite up to the level of competition of the larger urban conference here in the U.S.. Still though average 30+ points at any level is pretty impressive.

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20
Aug
10

Bobcats go international again to get commits

It appears the men’s basketball team may have taken a page from the women’s program and dipped their toes once again in the international recruiting ranks. Unlike Binford’s Bobcat women who have made a beach front in recruiting some quality players from Australia, the Bobcat men have decided to look to Germany for possible future Bobcat. I am told that this spring Bobcat assistant coach Brian Priebe visited the Munich area of Germany and scouted the talent at a national under 20 tourney and it appears that the Bobcats have come away a couple verbal commitments from player who want to wear the Blue and Gold.

The Bobcats tried recruiting a couple international players in 2009 in Frenchmen 7-0 Michel Swita and 6-5 Marc-Antoine Bourgault but that did not work out as well as they hoped. Swita was slowed down by some nagging foot injuries and by the time he got healthy simply did not have the quickness left to compete. Bourgualt was a different case, he definitely was a player who could have made an immediate impact for the Bobcats, but by the time that NCAA clearing house had done a complete review of his French high school transcript the ruled he was a 1/2 credit short of core subjects to be D-1 Qualifier. Currently Swita is looking for a D-2 school to play for and Bourgualt will be playing for a Iowa JC next year.

The problem that befell Bourgualt, is pretty typical of what is happening to the majority of foreign players who are signing with D-1 schools the last couple year. On paper it appears to the D-1 compliance departments that an athlete is a qualifier, but when the NCAA Clearing House translates the transcripts and does the voodoo that they do athletes are coming up so short. In a some cases the amount of the athletes defined deficiency can be measured with a micrometer. The other problem colleges have been experiencing with getting foreign players qualified by the Clearing House is that their determinations are not typically coming until October well after school has started. This puts the colleges and athletes in a terrible bind especially if it is ruled the athlete is designated as a non qualifier.

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