Bobcat men add prep point guard

BOZEMAN — Montana State men’s basketball coach Brian Fish rounded out his first recruiting class with positional and geographic balance Monday, adding Bay Area point guard Joey Frenchwood.

A Third Team All-Metro selection from Newark, Calif., the 6-1, 170 Frenchwood led Memorial High School to 98 wins as a four-year starter. He averaged 17 points, six assists and four rebounds a game, leading his team to a 28-3 record as a senior.

Fish likes Frenchwood’s intangibles as much as the production. “I’m really excited about the toughness and leadership Joey brings to our program,” Fish said. “He played for a really, really good AAU program and a great, well-respected high school coach in northern California so we know he’s been taught the right way to play and how a point guard should play. We’re really excited to get him in here and get him started because we needed some depth and a young guy to bring along at the point guard position.”

Frenchwood joins senior Michael Dison and junior Marcus Colbert as Bobcat point guards in 2014-15, and adding youthful talent to that mix was high on Fish’s first recruiting wish list. “I like his toughness. He played football for a long time, was a quarterback so he’s been in a position of leadership in football and as a point guard. He’s been a guy that’s led his team when things weren’t going well and he’s been a guy that’s led his team when things were going well, and that’s what we look for in a point guard, a player who will set the tone.”

Fish indicated that Frenchwood’s signing completes his first recruiting class at Montana State, a process that has pleased him. “That’s 13 (scholarship players),” Fish said, “and we’re full. We hope to have everyone in here on June 22 to start summer school. We’re really, really excited about adding these five high school kids. They give us a nice mix with our eight returning players, and the returning guys have been great in helping on recruiting visits, and that’s stood out in my mind, how giving these guys have been in making sure they have good teammates as we build a program here.”

Frenchwood joins athletic inside player Quinn Price and slashing wing Zach Green as MSU’s spring signees. Big men Kavell Bigby-Williams, a forward, and center Bradley Fisher joined the Bobcats in the fall. Fish believes each of the five will contribute in some way next season.

“I think that’s something that attracted them to Montana State,” he said. “They see a new coach, they see a new program, and they want to come in and help. I think a lot of this group will help at various times, but if they stick with it and fight they’ll all contribute at some point this season.”

— MSU Sports Information

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