Bulls tuning in to CSI forward Montreal
The folks at College of Southern Idaho have to be soooooo tired of CSI jokes. I think I was good for at least one when USF got point guard David Sills from CSI a few years back, and again last year when USF tried to get forward Juan Pattillo, now playing for Oklahoma.
This year, the Bulls are in the hunt for another talented junior college standout: Daequon Montreal, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward who is talented enough that USF coach Stan Heath and assistant Reggie Hanson have flown out to see his games -- CSI hasn't played farther east than Kansas this season.
Montreal is averaging 16.7 points and a team-best 9.4 rebounds for the Golden Eagles, and coach Steve Gosar said he won't start whittling down his list with official visits until after CSI's season, which could run through mid-March if things go well. Gosar lists the schools Montreal is considering as St. John's, UMass, USF, Boise State, BYU, Utah, Fresno State and Baylor.
"He's an unbelievable kid," Gosar said. "He can score inside and out, can score on the block. He's just an athletic 4-man."
Montreal is from Syracuse, N.Y., but apparently hasn't drawn interest from the hometown Orange. He was originally headed to TCU out of prep school -- he prepped at the humbly named God's Academy in Texas, averaging 17.4 points per game.
Just another name to keep on the radar in the next month or so as USF searches for frontcourt help as the most glaring need on the 2009-10 Bulls roster -- he's right there with Quincy Hankins as junior college post recruits USF is pursuing. I'm just proud I went this far without making any Ghostbusters references.
-- Kentrell Gransberry update: The former USF center is getting more minutes in the NBA Developmental league. After scoring just five points in his first three games with the Colorado 14ers, Gransberry has averaged 10.3 in his last three games, on 13-of-23 shooting. Here's his page on the 14ers' site.