Blue Devils Find A New Name in '06?

Bryce Webster, the No. 31 prospect in 2006 according to, is off to a good start this year. The modest power forward – and his coach – lent some insights into his recruiting situation.

Against two of the premier programs in the state of Minnesota, Bryce Webster opened his season by posting games of 31 points and 11 rebounds and 28 points and 11 boards. Not too shabby.

The 6-foot-9 power forward ranked No. 31 in the Class of 2006 by is one of the most humble, modest kids you'll talk to. He was very forthcoming about his early season efforts.

"I'm having an OK season," Webster said. "I need to work on my rebounding and my stamina. I need to work on my boxing out and stuff like that."

Mendota Heights (Minn.) Saint Thomas Academy coach Mike Sjoberg had a little different twist on the situation. Sjoberg sounds extremely pleased with Webster's development and says college recruiters couldn't be happier.

"His presence, his understanding and his ability … what he did on Friday night against a very good Duluth East team was make 4 15-foot jump shots and last year I don't think he made 4 for the year.

"Everybody tells me that they think he's Top 20 in the class. When they come here they say ‘this is our guy and this is the guy we're looking for.'"

Marquette head coach Tom Crean will be in the house Dec. 14. He'll be joined by assistants from Iowa, Michigan State and Vanderbilt. It seems as though recruiters are wearing out a path to Saint Thomas.

Sjoberg said 60 head coaches made their way into his gym during the fall. Marquette, Minnesota and Michigan State will be in the mix throughout the whole process.

"Marquette was the first and they were in before anybody else," Sjoberg said. "They did their homework and they were the first to offer him. Because of that they'll be in the mix to the very end. With Minnesota, they're in town and he can get down to watch them play. Izzo's been in and he's expressed his interest early and often."

According to Sjoberg, Arizona and Kansas have offered as well. "With the exception of Duke, North Carolina, Louisville and Kentucky, I believe everybody else has offered," Sjoberg said. "Everybody in the Big Ten and Boston College [have offered]."

Michigan State is working Webster and Isaiah Dahlman of Braham (Minn.) Area High. Dahlman is ranked No. 29 by The Spartans are hoping to package them up.

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