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Where are they now: The Missing Freshman

This year both the Bobcat and Grizzly men’s’ programs lost a freshman recruit just before the season started. The Griz lost 6-5 Thurman Woods, a combo forward from Compton California. For the Bobcats they lost 6-5 Frenchman Marco Bourgault, a sharp shooting wing player. In both cases the recruits were on campus, signed up for classes, and uniform assigned, before they found out that they had problems with the NCAA clearing house. I thought I would update you on what these players have been up to since leaving their respective program.

Thurman Woods

Woods left the Griz programs just before classes started when the NCAA still had not cleared him for to play D-1 ball. I am told the Griz coaches were pretty confident that Woods would eventually be cleared this year, but he did not want to take the chance, and be forced to sit out this season.

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Odds and ends: 9-15-09

mslacatlogoAnother week and another odds and ends post.


  • I have heard that Thurmond Woods, who signed with the Grizzly program last November, will now be attending Santa Ana junior college in California this fall. It sounds like he will need to attend the JC for two years to get his D-1 eligibility, but I am not sure about that. Woods is originally from Dominguez high school in California, and was on the Montana campus this summer. From what I saw of him this summer I thought he had the chance to make an impact on the Griz this year as a true freshman.

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Thurman Woods will not be a Griz … this year

Thurman_WoodsThe Missoulain today is reporting that, Thurman Woods of Dominguez high school in Compton California signed with Montana last November will not be attending the Big Sky school. He was having some problems with the NCAA Clearing House and decided to attend a JC closer to his home town. The NCAA still have not made a final ruling on his case but Woods decided not to risk enrolling at Montana where he could be forced to redshirt if the ruling did not go his way. By going the JC route he will be assured of being able to play this year. Then depending on the result of the final NCAA ruling he maybe eligible for D-1 after only one year at the JC. If the ruling does not go his way worst case is that he would become eligible next year. Tinkle did mention, though, that the Griz may re-recruit Woods.

I saw Woods in some pick up games this summer on the Montana campus, and I really thought he could contribute as a freshman for Montana. He really gave the Griz some aggressiveness and athleticism at the small forward spot. From what I saw he was a strong enough rebounder that I thought he may even give the Griz the options of playing two small forwards with Qvale at the center spot.

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Griz Camp: Player Attendance


Typically, at college basketball camps every year, coaches will hire current and incoming players to help coach at the camps. Coaches love to do this, because they have a decent built in employee pool to hire camp coaches from, and it allows the players a chance to get together in one place, at one time, before the start of the season and get to know one another and play some ball. And if those same said player happen to play some pick up ball in the evening and some of the top recruits/campers just happen to come by and want to play , so more the better.

I am just going to say this more than one college athlete has earned a scholarship offer, after playing in one or two of these pick up games.


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Griz recruit Update: Thurmond Woods

Griz fall signee 6’-5” Thurman Woods is playing California Spring League ball now after having to sit out the high school basketball season. Below is a scouting report of some of the better players in the summer league play. Fullcourt Press has rated Woods as the # 5 2009 combo forward in southern California, ranking him ahead of Stanford signee Andy Brown (#6) as well as athletes who have signed with Nevada and San Diego. Here is a there opinion.

Thurman Woods 6-5 Dominguez (Compton CA)
Lefty is an explosive athlete and an underrated 3-point shooter and strong rebounder. Montana signee is a big-time steal for the Grizzlies and a very good student. Prior to the season, Woods was discovered to be technically in his 5th year (ninth semester of high school) this fall and was denied eligibility to play this season. Top 100-150 caliber national prospect.

In talking with a few people, they feel that Woods has made great strides since last summer/fall. He has expanded his game to be able to hit the mid-range shot out to about 15 foot range, is a very strong rebounder and has the ability to lock down opponents on the defensive end. Still though they feel he is more of a power forward who can play some at the small forward. He needs to continue to add range to his shot and improve his ball handling to play the small forward in college. When asked point blank he told me that he believes that Woods will be a power forward for at least his first few years at Montana


Griz Men’s Basketball Wrap Up and Look Ahead (Part 4)

This is the final in a series of four posts on the Griz men’s basketball team, discussing the past season and a look ahead to next season. The four post shall be as followed, Part 1 Season Wrap up, Part 2 Look ahead: Big Men, Part 3 Look Ahead: Wing players and Part 4 Look Ahead: Recruits.

Taking a look at the Recruit / Recruiting

Last fall Tinkle filled all three of his projected 2009 scholarships with guard 6-2 guard Will Cherry, 6-5 combo forward Thurmond Woods and 6-9 center/ forward Eric Hutchison. As I have said before, I would expect Cherry to play next year. Hutchison I think really could use a redshirt year, but will be one of the few big men with size on the team next year and could be pressed into action at he center position. Woods is a talent, but the only question is at which position. Right now he is a power forward, who can play some at the 3 spot. He has not played high school basketball this winter so he could be the x-factor coming into next fall. There are also some questions about him clearing the NCAA clearing house. From what I am hearing, Tinkle is out on the recruiting trail looking to sign at least one more players for this fall. To do that, though, that will mean at least one of the existing players will not be returning. I have heard a few names like Michael Taylor or Nyandigisi Moikobu, but the rumor I am hearing most often is Shawn Stockton may be looking to leave. I have heard Shawn may be looking to transfer to a JC (North Idaho?) or another D-1, with playing time being the reason. In any case it appears that Tinkle is looking to recruit a point guard this spring, from either the JC ranks or high school. I am told he definitely is looking for some one who can play next year. I have also heard he has been looking at some athletic power forward types again from both JC and high school ranks but, at this point it does not seem to be a priority. The spring recruiting season just kicked into high gear this past week so I expect to get a clearer idea what there priorities might be.


Update on Montana signies Hutchison and Woods

Eric Hutchison’s (6-8 , 225) Mark Morris team is 20-2 heading into the Washington 2A tourney, and is ranked #2 in the state. He is averaging 12 points, 7 rebounds a game for a team that goes 6-10, 6-9, and 6-8 across the front line. Hutchison really made a name for himself last summer on the AAU circuit. His rep is as a player who has all the tools to a very good D-1 player, he runs the floor extremely well has good hands and good instincts. Despite this he is needs some coaching to put it all together. At worse he will be a journey man Big Sky player. With some development (aggressiveness) he could be could be an all conference type player early in his career.

Thurmond Woods (6-5, 210) was ruled ineligible to play varsity ball this year because he is a 5th year senior. He is an undersized power forward right now who need, to improve his ball, and shooting skills to play his projected college position (small forward). Woods is a very explosive athlete and a tireless worker, who also plays a physical defensive game. I can see him being a very physical crowd pleasing player for the Griz. It will be interesting to see how Nyandigisi Moikobu and Woods develop in the Griz program, since they are essentially the same player. Moikobu, is taller, but Woods is more physical and has better skills. Do not be surprised if with Woods joining the Griz, Moikobu moves back to the power forward spot. I have been told as of a few weeks ago that Woods has not been cleared, by the NCAA Clearing House, and that there are still some issues that need to be resolved.

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