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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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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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12
Apr
10

Signing Day Preview: Griz Men

This Wednesday will be the start of the spring signing day which will go until mid May and I wanted to update on various rumors and as well as my opinion (guess) on what the four programs are doing and who they could sign during the late period.

The current trend that all four programs have been following the past 3-4 years is to primarily sign high school kids in the early period and JC transfers in the late period, and this year they look to no different.

Montana Men:

Signed in the Fall:

Michael Weisner 6-7 Combo Forward – Walla Walla, WA
Vaughn Autry 6-2 Combo Guard – Gardenia CA
Billy Reader 6-8 Forward / Center – Lake Owsego, OR

Commits

Kareem Jamar 6-5 Guard/Forward – Los Angeles, CA

OK this is were as a Bobcat fan I might get into trouble with the GrizNation, but since January I have been hearing rumblings that Jamar commit to the Grizzly is more of a commit if he end ups “going that level” but he may reconsider if he gets a bigger offer. The problem, though, is that when ever I ask someone who the “other schools” might be I never get a firm answer. So is this really Jamar’s thinking or is this some “experts” opinion. Recently I had the following exchange with Greg Hicks of Scout.com

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30
Mar
10

Update on future Griz: Kareem Jamar

Kareem Jamar 6-5 Westchester High School La Verne, California

Kareem Jamar’s star has star began to rise about a year ago, and fortunately for the Grizzly’s Wayne Tinkle jumped on board early and got a real steal in Jamar. A known commodity in California as a journeyman type player who was projected low major prospect about 12-18 months ago. He good quicks and athleticism although not outstanding, and had somewhat suspect perimeter shooting. Last summer in the AAU circuit he showed unveiled to the college coaches a new found perimeter game that really started his rise on the recruiting charts. This rise continued on this winters during the high school season as his star really shined. The Griz though, by this time already had a commitment from Jamar.

Jamar played for Westchester high school in Los Angeles, California which just won its second strait Div.-1 state championship this past week end. Westchester features a minimum 4 players who will sign this year with two D-1 teams this year, and who knows how many underclassmen will eventually sign. Westchester played a national scheduled this year playing tournaments in Oregon, Nevada, and the northeast. They were ranked in national high school top 25 for most of the season.

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22
Jan
10

Prospect Update: Kareem Jamar


This is the second of two updates on a couple of players who committed Montana State and Montana this past December. Recently SportSection.com created a list of who they view is the top 50 high school players in the state of California. Among the players listed were Montana State commit Jordan Salley and Montana commit Kareem Jamar.

The thing thought to remember both of these guys committed after the fall signing period so they are locked into playing for either program by anything other than the word of player and the school coaches.

Here is what SportSection.com had to say about Kareem Jamar.

34. Kareem Jamar, 6-5, 3/2, Westchester HS (Los Angeles)

Jamar is arguably the best player on the best team in California. His basketball IQ is very high. Scouts love his ability to absolutely shut down opponents on the perimeter. He is also a skilled rebounder and scorer. Jamar committed to Montana.

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