Monday, October 8, 2007

Tubby Grabs Another Juco Player

Tubby Smith has a commitment from his second junior college transfer for the 2008 season, with 6-5 Wing Devron Bostick from Southwest Illinois CC joining the team.

There's not a whole lot of information out there about him, as both Scout and Rivals don't seem to pay him much attention, likely because he was just a mid-major type player coming out of high school. He had signed with Youngstown State as a freshman, but didn't qualify academically.

He blossomed his first year in Juco, averaging 19.5 ppg and being named a second-team Juco All-American. He had offers from Tennessee, Arkansas, and Washington State as well as the Gophers, and it seems St. Louis was after him pretty hard as well.

I love what Tubby is doing with his first class. Rather than having freshman and a bunch of guys like Kevin Payton and Damian Jackson as the team in 2008, he's grabbed two JC guys who are likely more ready to play than freshmen would be. And they aren't JC guys like an Engen Nurumbi, they are highly rated and highly recruiting quality JC players. Brilliant strategy, and a good way to get the rebuilding of this program kicked up into high gear.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Monson did find a couple of juco gems in Vincent Grier and Jerry Holman. Honorable mention JuCo's under Monson include Travarus Bennett, Terracne Simmons, Jason Stamper.

WWWWWW said...

True.

Matt said...

Dude, it's spelled "J'son". Show the man some respect. God dammit.

WWWWWW said...

And Simmons was a Haskins guy.

Anonymous said...

Terrance Simmons didn't even go to JuCo retard. As a freshman he played for LSU. God you're f-ing stupid. Derrrrrrrr. Please don't ever post another comment on this blog.

PS WWWWWW If you are going to write previews about worthless 2nd tier sports such as hockey can we expect that you will be previewing the Mens Golf and Cross Country programs as well?????

WWWWWW said...

I dislike hockey as well, but thought I should at least have a preview.

And I didn't write it.

LSR said...

Anonymous- You knowledge of gopher hoops is about a good as my friend Al's knowledge of the MN Twins. You both watch a couple games per year, tell everyone you are a superfan and don't know crap about the team. Also, the gophers hoop program is second tier, at least the cross country team and Mens golf qualify for the NCAA ever couple of years.

On a side note- Did anyone read the article about two football players from Cooper in Tuesdays Star Trib. The gophers are now to the level that they are recruiting football players from cooper who do not kick??? I mean really cooper??? I can't believe it......Cooper? The same program that just got beat 49-7 by SLP??? I guess maybe this guy will fit right in with the gophers program as he will be use to getting his doors blown off. Seriously though.....they recruited a football player from cooper who's head coach labels as lazy. Seriously cooper?????

Extremely Disappointed in Seattle said...

WWWWW- You have to be kidding me that you picked up Fatdale White. You adding White to your roster is like Hitler Marrying a jew, David Duke donating money to the NAACP or Schmidt getting a lap dance from a stripper. You should be extremely disappointed in yourself. Your blog just lost all credibility. Please save us from the dribble about why you had to pick him up. Do the right thing here, admit your mistake and drop him from your roster ASAP. Sellout!