Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Q&A Regarding Daequon Montreal

Daequon Montreal's name has quickly become at the top of the list for Gonzaga's 2009 recruiting. The outstanding junior college player from College of Southern Idaho has seen his stock skyrocket over the past few months. TKR was able to talk to Mike Christensen from the Times News in Twin Falls, Idaho. Christensen has an extensive knowledge about Daequon as the Times News covers CSI athletics. TKR Update: Daequon hurt his foot at practice today. It is not considered to be serious, but he will miss 1-2 weeks.

TKR:Where have you seen the most growth in Daequon’s game during the offseason?

Mike Christensen: Primarily a post-up player last year, Daequon has really developed his jump shot over the offseason. While not a 3-point shooter, he can consistently hit the 17-foot jump, especially from the baseline. That added threat has really rounded out his game nicely.

TKR: What expectations do Daequon’s coaches have for him this season?

MC: As the lone returning player from last year’s 30-2 CSI squad, Daequon is relied upon heavily as both a floor leader and producer. He’s delivering the leadership role nicely in workouts, directed his teammates and getting on them when they don’t give enough effort. He likely be the team’s top scorer, especially early on as the numerous freshman settle into their roles.

TKR: What schools are recruiting Daequon the hardest at this point?

MC: Daequon has a handful of schools on his radar, including Gonzaga, Oral Roberts, Colorado State , St. Johns and South Florida .

TKR: Has Daequon setup any official visits at this point? If so, where/when does he plan on visiting?

MC: Daequon’s lone official visit to this point was Oral Roberts. While he said the trip went well, he wasn’t ready to make a commitment, and he won’t likely sign anywhere until after the season is complete.

TKR: How strong of an interest does Gonzaga have in Daequon, and how interested is Daequon in Gonzaga?

MC: The Zags are definitely high on Daequon’s list, but he’s keeping his options open. St. Johns would take the Syracuse , N.Y. , native closer to home. But of all teams currently after him, Gonzaga has certainly had the most recent success.

TKR: After watching Daequon practice, what immediately jumps out to you about him as a basketball player?

MC: First off, he’s just a quality person. He’s got an infectious smile and is well-liked by everyone around him. He’s also a versatile player, who’s improved his body strength from a year ago. Whether he’s playing with his back to the basket or facing up a defender, he’s capable of scoring. He also runs the floor well and is a solid finisher.

TKR: Where do you expect to see Daequon playing next season, and why?

MC: This is tough to say. Each of the five schools recruiting him hardest has things going for it. And as he flourishes this season, he’s likely to get more interest. But I think Gonzaga is probably in his top three right now and appears to be one of the places he’ll make an official visit to after the season. I wouldn’t be surprised as at to see him playing for the Zags in 2009-10.

TKR: We'd like to thank Mike for taking time out to answer some questions about this potential Zag. On Friday, Devonte Elliott will be visiting and it seems like Montreal and Elliott are the two players currently atop the staff's list. We'll keep you updated as Daequon's season begins and as his recruiting takes shape.

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