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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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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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27
Mar
10

Update on future Grizzly: Vaughn Autry

Vaughn Autry 6-2 Junipero Serra high school Gardena, California

Autry had one of the more convoluted recruiting paths of any of the Montana recruits this year. Last summer during the AAU circuit he was a pretty hot commodity and was getting a lot of attention from Big Sky, Mountain West and WAC teams. When Utah State offered Autry they told him that given their graduations from this years team he had the opportunity to step in and contribute possibly start as a true freshman. Autry thought it over and went a head and committed. Jumping ahead to late October and Utah State has a change of mind and rescinds their offer. Unfortunately most of the schools who were recruiting Autry before committing to Utah State have filled their needs. Montana steps in late and Aurty sees an opportunity, much like Utah State, to contribute early in his career, and he trips to Missoula. With in the span of a week or two Autry goes from a Utah State commit to a Montana commit.

This season for Serra high school Autry averaged 16.2 points, 2.7 assists and 2.4 rebounds. This weekend Serra will be playing for the California State Division 3 championship. Autry is the second leading scorer for Serra that features 3 senior who look to sign with D-1 programs.  Autry is a very athletic player who is known as much for his defense as he is his offense. He is more of a scorer than a pure shooter as outside of 15 or so feet he is a little iffy. Instead he likes to drive to the rim, or stop up short and take the short jump shot. He is not afraid of contact and can score against bigger opponents. I had one person tell me he already has a “college player physique” which should make the transition easier to the D-1 level.

Autry is projected to play the combo guard role for the Griz, meaning a player who can play both the point and shooting guard spot, which should give the Griz some flexibility to go along with Will Cherry. On the other side of the coin the big knock in general on “combo guards” is that they usually are neither a point guard nor shooting guard. In either case Autry will need to improve his shooting range and consistency. I also think that current Griz players Stockton and Cherry may be more the prototypical point guards for the future.

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19
Feb
10

Odds and Ends: Prospects

Hi folks I have a handful of interesting and some sad, odds and ends about some of the Griz and Bobcat basketball signees / commits that I thought I might share. Some might be a little older than others, but I hope it is something you find interesting.

  • Danny Little from Billings Skyview and Montana State 2011 commit was featured in a Q. and A. article today by the Billing Gazette. Little talks about Skyview’s current season as well as why he choose to commit to the Bobcat program. You should check it out here.
  • Chris McCall from Cheyenne high school in Nevada and a Bobcat 2010 signee was scheduled to play his first game of the post season this past Wednesday, but that did not happen. The Sunset Region boy’s basketball playoffs were postponed this week when Western high school filed in court complaint and motion for a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction was granted until the matter could be heard. At issue Western was forced to forfeit 4 games because a player was ruled ineligible. The court handed down a ruling earlier today giving Western 2 games back. The Sunset Region is now scrambling to reschedule the tourney.

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09
Jan
10

Prospect Update: Little, Autry, Trujeque

I have a couple, well actually three updates on some basketball prospects that have either signed or committed to the Montana State of Montana.

Danny Little 6’8” 2011
Earlier this week I posted an article on Billings Skyview center and Montana State basketball commit Danny Little, being named athlete of the week by a local TV station. I should have waited a day because that night Little went out and had his best game as a high school player against Laurel high school. The 6-foot-8 little scored 22 points, 11 rebounds and eight blocked shots while shooting 75% from the field and he hit all 4 of his free throws. A friend of mine was at that game (as well as a couple others of Skyview’s games this season) and gave his evaluation of Little’s game. He feels Little is just starting to get comfortable with his role as the main man in the middle. He has really evolved quite a bit this summer. Little reminds him a lot of former Hellgate/Griz player Matt Kempfert at this point in his development. Little has not shown quite the mid range game of Kempfert at the same age but Little is a much better interior intimidator / shot blocker. Both players move very similarly in the post. He thinks, Little still has to develop a killer instinct, but after watching him last Thursday, he is figuring it out.

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