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07
Oct
10

College Preview – Vaughn Autry

Ok in the first part of this two-part post I addressed how I look at true freshman when doing a preseason preview of college team. In the second part of this I want to look more closely at the freshman the Griz fans think I am short-changing – Vaughn Autry.

When I thought about doing this post, I decided I needed to really take a fresh look at Autry, so I contacted a handful of people. These are all folks who evaluate talent for a living, and one of them has seen Autry play over 25 times in the past 12-18 months I gave them a rundown of my initial logic in coming up with my Griz Preview to get their opinions. I also read all of the Egriz comments. Unfortunately I have only seen Autry once for about 15-20 minutes in an open gym situation, so I really do not feel that is enough to develop an independent opinion.

My Initial thoughts
When I wrote my previews of the Montana state and Montana previews the one area I struggled with was evaluating the Montana back court positions. I really scratched my head trying to get a handle how it will shake out and what was/is Tinkle and his coaches planning based on their recruiting choices. Here are my thoughts.

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17
Sep
10

Montana Men’s Basketball Preview (part 2)

This is the second part of my two part series looking at the Montana State women’s basketball program players. In this post I am looking at the front court players that included the power forward (4) and the center (5). .

Front Court (power forward and center)
The Griz have a solid three person front court rotation in Qvale, Selvig and Ward, but they are going to need to develop a little more depth by the time conference rolls around.

Brian Qvale 6-11 (C)
Qvale is one of the best true big men I have seen in the Big Sky in many years. He has great footwork and mobility underneath that along with his size can make him unstoppable. His biggest and best games came against the better competition last season. His performance in the NCAA tourney last year out standing. The problem is that at times he can just disappear in other games. Qvale does tend to have problems against smaller, athletic centers, but I think Tinkle need to get him more help in those situations this year. I look for a big senior year this year.

Derek Selvig 7-0 (PF, C)
Selvig has a combination of shooting, passing, ball handling, defensive skills all wrapped in a very mobile seven foot frame that we seldom see in the Big Sky Conference. Despite this he has been hampered by injuries the past two seasons that really hurt his development. I would like to see Selvig be a little more aggressive in the post where he and Qvale could make a great 1, 2 power punch. He should start at the power forward spot, and play some at the center spot. If his conditioning is back and he stays healthy the Griz could have the best front line in the conference.

Mathias Ward 6-7 (PF)
The only other Griz big man with any college experience will be counted on to play major minutes this season. He coming off a decent freshman campaign but the Griz are hoping for a lot more off him this year. Ward is solid scorer and good rebounder, and a big upside. He should be the first big man off the bench and I think an offensive spark as well.

Eric Hutchison 6-9 (PF, C)
Hutchison is coming off a redshirt freshman year and the Griz hope he can provide some solid minutes off the bench. Hutchison is not quite as offensive player either Ward or Reader but he is more of a complete player than either. Physically he is bigger than booth and a better rebounder.

Billy Reader 6-9 (PF, C)
Reader has the biggest up side of Ward, Hutchison and himself. He has 6-9 frame but the agility and lateral movement of a smaller player. In high school he could be a very explosive scorer and big time rebounder. He was though inconsistent. From whom I have talked to he still could use a little refining, and would benefit from a redshirt year under Tinkle. He could challenge Hutchison for the 4th big man.

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17
Sep
10

Montana 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. This is a look at the Montana Grizzly men’s program players. Part 1 will cover the Back Court,- point guard (1), shooting guard (2) and the small forward (3) positions.

Back Court (guards and wings)

The Griz return only two back court players from last year’s team. To rebuild the back court they will have at their disposal an all conference honorable mention player, a back up returnee, three junior college players and two highly touted freshman recruits. I am confident that the Griz have the type of players to make them successful, but the real question is, which of these players will earn minutes in the regular guard rotation, and which are relegated to the bench or a redshirt.

Will Cherry 6-1 (PG, SG)
As an All Conference honorable mention player and returning starter, as a true freshman, Cherry is the only player whom seems to already have a starting position locked down. The only question will be will he start at PG or SG spot. The rest of the back court will be built around Cherry, and the players who emerge as the best fit with him, will determine which spot he plays. My guess that given a choice Tinkle would prefer to start him at the shooting guard, but if Stockton can not nail down a starting spot look for him to man the point guard spot, and one of the new players manning the shooting guard spot.

Shawn Stockton 6-1 (PG)
Stockton and Cherry are the only true point guards on the team. Stockton is a solid floor general who is tough quarterback on the floor. He knows Tinkles system and can run it to a tee, and I think this will give him a leg up on landing a starting spot. He is not as dynamic as some point guards but his stability might be exactly what the Griz need. If he falters though there are three experienced JC players and two very talented freshmen who could push him for the starting spot.

Art Steward 6-4 (SG, SF)
Steward in my opinion is the best of the three junior college recruits and is the only true small forward in the bunch. As such I think he will lock down the starting small forward spot. Steward is a very balanced player who can score the ball, rebound, and play solid defense. He is the perfect glue type player that can make the players around him better. While Steward is a little undersized for the 3 spot he makes up for it with his athleticism and hustle. He is also a decent three point shooter which is an area the Griz will need help this year.

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06
Sep
10

Recruiting List Observations

Kind of a part two follow up to my New 2011 Recruiting List post of a few days ago. I wanted to make a few observations on the recruiting lists. First though I also wanted to comments on the contents of the lists in general.

You have to remember that these lists are an accumulation of a handful of sources, from Rivals, scout.com, ESPN, news papers and also the message boards. Occasionally also I get leads from friends, and sometimes parents, about out possible recruiting targets- although this is more true about basketball than football. Some of the names on the list for a variety of reason could be more serious recruits that other. There are plenty of examples of coaches saying hello to an athlete and with in days it is out on the web that a kid is being recruited by that coach even though he really is not.

There also are examples of athletes on the lists who I may have heard, a while back, that a program was recruiting but as of recently I have seen little evidence that they were still active with that athlete. Two examples of that might be 6-11 center Antonio Worthy and 5-10 Andrew Bendolph for the Griz and Bobcat basketball programs respectively. Both of these guys I had heard were receiving interest from these programs over a year ago but currently I am not sure if either program is still showing an interest. Still I keep their names on because I simply do not know and it is not uncommon to see a name resurface.

By watching who the programs are recruiting you can often tell what the coaches are trying to accomplish with their recruiting classes. Here are my observations.

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21
Aug
10

The Griz switch JC players

Last week the news came out that Griz spring JC guard recruit Idris Lasisi was ruled a “non-qualifier” by the NCAA Clearinghouse and as such would not be able to move to the D-1 ranks until he earned an associate degree from an accredited junior college program. As a result the former Sheridan junior college player transferred to North Idaho Junior College, where he will play and finish up his associate degree next year. Unfortunately Lasisi – a German national- ran into the some of the same problems former Montana State Marc-Antoine Bourgault ran into last year.

This left the Grizzlies with a gaping hole in their plans and roster for the upcoming 2010-11 season, and not a lot of time to do something about it. The Griz, though, got a great pick up – regardless of time of the year- when Chase Adams of Bakersfield junior college took an official visit to Missoula, last week end and committed.

Adams has taken the long route to get to the D-1 ranks, but in a couple weeks will finally get there. He originally hails from Tucson Arizona where he played his high school ball for Salpointe Catholic High School. His season at Salpointe, in 2007-08, he averaged 21 points, 2 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals while shooting 54% from the field, 32% from the three point arc and 72% from the free-throw line. He was named First team all conference both his junior and senior year. Out of high school Scout.com rated him with 3 stars, Rivals.com 2 stars, and ESPN gave him a 50 rating.

As a senior, he received recruiting interest from Northridge, Albany, Long Beach State and quite a few Big Sky schools, before committing to Air Force in 2008.

Air Force though had different plans for Adams.

Air Force like to shuffle off many of its recruits they think need a little more seasoning to their Air Force prep school that is also located on it’s campus. In doing so this allows them to sign a few more players since these athletes do not count against their scholarship limit, and it lets the athlete time to adjust to the Air Force lifestyle. This is really not a bad deal for recruits, because their NCAA clock does not start while they are at the school and if they decide the Air Force life style is not to their liking they move on and sign with another D-1 school with no penalty.

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02
Jun
10

Griz Sign Idris Lasisi


I have heard that Wayne Tinkle and his Montana coaching staff has finished up it’s 2010 recruiting with the signing of Idris Lasisi of Sheridan junior college in Wyoming. Lasisi is a 6-2 195 pound shooting guard who hails from Sint-Pieterscollege high school in Leuven, Belgium. Lassis just finished up his freshman year at Sheridan and is a late D-1 qualifier,, and will have three years of eligibility at Montana.

For Sint-Pieterscollege high school in 2008-09 Lasisi averaged 15 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals a game. Last season for Sheridan Lasisi averaged 10 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assist while shooting 48% from the field, 43% from the three point range and 71% from the free throw line. Lasisi has also established himself as a defensive stopper and was named Region IX all defensive first team. He was also named to the Region IX all tourney team as Sheridan made it to the Region IX championship game.

Lasisi answers one question I have had about the current crop of Griz recruits three point shooting. The Griz lost it’s three best 3-point shooting players to graduation or transfer from last years team, The recruits signed earlier are not strong three point shooters, but Lasisi should help right away as a dead eye three point shooter. Lasisi also brings decent athleticism and a strong defensive presence to the Griz line up.

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01
Jun
10

Rating The Griz 2010 Basketball Class (part1)

This is the first of two articles on the Grizzly men’s basketball recruiting class of 2010. It will take the same form as the articles I did on the Bobcat Men’s class. The caveat I have is that about a month ago it appeared that Wayne Tinkle and his staff were still looking at signing a JC combo guard. I have not heard of any signing so I do not know if they are still looking. If they did sign another guard though it could signal that a retuning or recruited player will not be suiting out for the Griz next fall and that of course will effect thins post. I will address this if and when it happens.

Talent

This is the second great recruiting class in a row that Tinkle has signed. last years class was hurt when prize recruit Thurmond Woods ended up leaving before the start of the 2009 season, but Will Cherry was every thing he was made out to be. I really think Kareem Jamar and Vaughn Autry enter the program with the credentials and roster opportunities to make a big splash in the Big Sky as true freshman.

Top Freshman These recruits in my opinion have the potential to one of the top five freshman in the Big Sky next year, but to do so they will need to put the work.

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