The following is by the Montana State Athletic Department.
Montana State landed the State Gatorade player of the year on Wednesday, when Danny Robison of Billings West signed a National Letter-of-Intent to join the Bobcat program, MSU coach Brad Huse announced.
Winning the Gatorade Award capped an outstanding senior season for Robison, who also landed on the Great Falls Tribune Superstate squad and earned a spot in the Montana-Wyoming All-Star Series. The 6-8 forward averaged 17.4 poitns, 8.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.4 steals a game. He also scored 19 points with seven rebounds in the AA State Championship Game against Flathead in Worthington Arena, earning tourney MVP honors.
?We are really pleased to add Danny to our program,? Huse said. ?Having played in such a successful high school program and for his dad, we are getting someone who understands what it takes to win and understands the work necessary to reach the highest levels. He brings skill, intelligence, and toughness to our front line and I know he will do whatever is necessary to be a winner and a contributor. He gets the big picture and being a Bobcat is important to him. Off the floor Danny has really proven himself in the classroom and he truly represents what we want from our players as a person. Danny earned all the accolades he?s received and nothing has been given to him and he won?t be afraid of the hardwork and sincere commitment required to be successful at the Division I level.?
While Robison follows his older brother Shane, who won a pair of Big Sky titles as a tight end on the Bobcat football team, to MSU, the boys? father Doug, the long-time and legendary boys? basketball coach at West, isn?t ready to say that Shane?s career was the determining factor. ?He?s played on the campus in Bozeman in the summer at camps and spent time there, and I think he felt it was just a great all-around fit for him,? Doug Robison said. ?He?s a very good student, his GPA is around 3.97, and MSU offered the things academically that are a good fit for him.? Danny also has an older sister, Shadra, who played basketball at Montana.
Doug Robison said that Danny put himself into the position to sign a Division I scholarship and play on a state championship squad with relentless work over the last year. ?Danny has been a player who worked extremely hard in the off-season to improve his skills. He took a great leap from his junior year to his senior year in foot speed, quickness, and the ability to move his game to the perimeter. He spent a significant amount of time in the weight room, which made him physically stronger, and got to the point where he was a difficult matchup at his level.?
Robison joins a pair of fall signees, guard Marcus Colbert and forward Ryan Shannon, in MSU?s 2011-12 recruiting class. ?We?re really excited with the freshman class we?ve assembled,? Huse said. ?All three are team-first type players who are proven winners and tough kids, and two of them (Robison and Colbert) were state players of the year and also played in their respective state championship game. I strongly believe they will be ready to contribute from the day they set foot on our campus on and off the floor. They?re leaders, hard workers, and proven winners and they should provide for a strong nucleus for years to come.?
Huse indicated that the Bobcats are expected to sign at least one more player during the spring signing period.