Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Billy Reader Transfers to College of Southern Idaho

Word has come out that sophomore forward Billy Reader will be transferring from Montana to JUCO College of Southern Idaho. The first source I saw was David Bashore on Twitter.

Reader was a redshirt freshman this season, but he was declared ineligible for the second semester. The academic troubles continued, and eventually he decided to move on (likely with Coach Tinkle's blessing) and resume his career at CSI.

Reader didn't get a ton of time, but he flashed some nice talent. He was perhaps the Grizzlies best true post scorer, and he would have gotten better with time. However, he struggled with defensive assignments, and that is a good way to not get consistent minutes until Tinkle.

With post Derek Selvig graduating, the frontcourt rotation after incumbent Mathias Ward is a bit up for grabs. Returnee Eric Hutchison could get a look (as could true freshman Andy Martin), but my money at this point is on Marko Kavacevic to eventually earn the starter minutes. It will be an interesting battle to watch on the team that will be projected to win the conference for the second straight season.

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