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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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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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25
Mar
10

Update on future Grizzly: Michael Weisner


Michael Weisner 6-7 Walla Walla high school Walla Walla Washington

Michael Weisner is possibly the Grizzly recruit that I am most interested to see how he fits in to the Griz system. Since the signing with the Grizzlies last fall he has always been considered to the other player signed, and is usually mentioned as such on most of the recruiting blogs and message board. Heck ESPN only in the past month has published an evaluation. This though is nothing new to Weisner as he has been kind of over looked, Rodney Dangerfield not only in the State of Washington but on his own team.

Weisner plays with Gary Winston a high scoring guard who signed with Idaho last fall. Winston is known through out the state as a scoring machine, and this year did not disappoint with his senior performance. Winston won MVP of conference as well as an every tournament Walla Walla played in this season. Interesting enough though when Walla Walla players and coaches picked their team MVP for the 2009-10 season it was Weisner who they picked.

Weisner averaged 18 points and 8 rebounds a game this past season. Walla Walla madeit into the Washington State 4A championship tourney a few weeks back. Walla Wall finished 4th in the tourney and Michael averaged 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds a game during the 4 games and shot 57.7 % from the field and 40.9% from behind the arc, as well as going 13 of 14 from the foul line. Defensively Michael averaged 1.5 steals per contest and 2 blocked shots. Michaels strength for the Griz is going to be his flexibility.

The biggest question concerning Weisner is what position he will play for the Griz. He is a player with guard skills but in a slender power forward body, with outstanding shooting range, good ball handling, and excellent passing skills. He is though not afraid to mix it up inside and has good length and can defend. The lack of a defined position, though, is also the knock on him. Is he quick enough to play the perimeter, and/or rugged enough to play inside, are what I keep hearing. I think for the Griz coaches they signed as a basketball player first, and they will fit him in where appropriate later.

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29
Dec
09

Prospect update: Reid vs. Weisner


In an interesting match last night #3 ranked (Washington 2A) Walla Walla high school matched up with #3 ranked (Idaho 4A) Post Falls in the opening game of the North Idaho Invitational in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. The game feature Post Fall star and future Bobcat Shawn Reid as well as Walla Walla stars Michael Weisner (Griz signee) and Gary Winston (Idaho signee). The game was a barn burner in which Post Falls pulled out a 84 – 75 win in over time.

Walla Walla came out strong in the first quarter, while Post Falls struggled to find it’s shot, to take a slight lead which they held most of the game. Post Falls found it shot in the third and fourth quarter and fought back to tie the game by the end of regulation. I believe 7 points was the biggest lead any team had until the over time period. In the over time period Post Falls and Reid took over the game and outscored Walla Walla 13 -4 for the victory.

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20
Dec
09

Prospect Update: Grizzly Men

This is the second of four updates on signee’s /commits from the four Montana State and University of Montana basketball programs. Part 1 featured an update on the Montana State men’s program, this update will focus on the Montana men’s program. Part two will feature the Montana State Women’s program while part 4 will be the lady Griz program.

2010 Signees

  • Michael Weisner 6-7 F Walla Walla, HS – Weisner started out the season rather cold scoring in the single digits in his first two game, as team mate Gary Winston (Idaho signee) put up some big scoring nights. Recently though he has been putting up numbers close to 20 points a game. Over all Weisner is averaging 16 points a game this season. It also appears from the news paper accounts he is starting at the shooting guard spot.

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10
Dec
09

Future players start their season


The high school basketball season across the United State is just starting to get into high gear, and most of the 18 recruits signed or committed to the four Montana D-1 prospects have already started their season with most of the rest getting under way this coming week-end.

Around Montana a few players started their season last weekend with Carly Selvig’s (Glendive), Lexi Nelson (Butte), Kellie Cole (Bozeman) and Blake Brumwell (Big Sandy) getting a game. The remainder of the Montana players and teams kicking in the next couple of day’s.

From out of the state of Montana, Bobcat women’s signee Ausha Cole leads the pack in games already played with 9 games under her belt. Bobcat men’s signee Chris McCall is the only player to yet kick off his season, but his Cheyenne high school team starts it season tonight.

Montana State’s two Australian recruits Kate Webb and Emily Nelson are a whole different ball game. These two women have already finished their high school career and the whole Australian under 18 basketball system is so different than the here in the United States.

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