The Boise State Broncos athletic department had a marquee year, capped off with men’s basketball star Chandler Hutchison being selected in the first-round of the 2018 NBA draft.
History was made again on Thursday night for the Boise State Broncos, this time with a shout out to the men’s basketball program.
Chandler Hutchison — who graduated this past May — became the first-ever Bronco to be selected in the first round of the NBA draft. Hutchison was taken with the 22nd pick by the Chicago Bulls, part of draft spree of teams drafting six shooting guards (as listed by ESPN, who projects him as a do-it-all wing) in a row.
Hutchison averaged 20 points and 7.7 rebounds per game during his senior year, leading the Broncos to 23-9 record and NIT game. For his career, he finished with 1,478 points (ninth all-time) and 672 rebounds (sixth) as he joined sixth other former Broncos in being drafted. The last before Hutchison was Roberto Bergesen, who was selected by the Hawks with the 52nd pick in 1999.
In the process, Boise State became one of only a handful of programs in 2018 who can boast they had a first-round pick in both the NBA and NFL drafts.
Leighton Vander Esch took care of that back in April when he was selected with the 19th-pick by the Dallas Cowboys. Vander Esch was the fifth Bronco to be selected in the first round over the past ten years. He joined the ranks of such players as Ryan Clady, Kyle Wilson, Doug Martin, and Shea McClellin.
Wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was also drafted by the Dallas Cowboys. Wilson was taken in the fifth round and will be one of four ex-Broncos in the Dallas training camp. (In addition, Boise State hall-of-famer Kellen Moore will be the team’s quarterbacks coach.)
All told, 2017-18 was a banner year for the athletes at Boise State.
Boise State on the rise
The scope of success extends well beyond the football and men’s basketball team at Boise State. Over the past year, women’s sports delivered championships on a regular basis.
At the top of the ladder is national champion Allie Ostrander. Ostrander become only the second Boise State track and field athlete to win back-to-back national championships when she won the 3,000-meter steeplechase for the second straight year. The redshirt sophomore also ran in the final of the 5,000 meters. Ostrander’s 8th-place finish secured her All-America honor in that event.
Ostrander also helped the cross-country team finish sixth at Nationals in the fall as she raced to a fourth-place finish.
The women’s basketball team continued their hold on the Mountain West. Boise State won the conference tournament for the third time in the past four seasons. A bad draw against Louisville saw the 23-win Broncos exit the NCAA tournament in the first round. The majority of the roster returns in 2018-19 as they will be seeking their third straight Mountain West title.
Speaking of Mountain West titles, the softball team won their first ever Mountain West title. This led to their first-ever College World Series appearance. The program notched 40 wins and led the nation in batting average. Though they lost their first two games in the regional — to eventual national runner-up Washington and Minnesota — the Broncos return a fair amount of players. Plus, they have reloaded with the talent necessary to stay atop the standings in the Mountain West.
And in case you haven’t noticed, Gymnastics has had a top-ten program for most the last couple of seasons. The Broncos finished fourth as a team at regionals. Junior Shani Remme competed at nationals, where she placed seventh on the balance beam to earn First-Team All-America honors.
A successful year
The 2017-18 sports year for the Boise State Broncos held a lot to be proud of. Even outside of the above mentioned sports, tennis, volleyball, and soccer continue to have athletes representing the university with pride. (And hovering around the top of the conference as well). Programs across the board continue to build, helping the Boise State name become nationally recognized.
Now, who’s ready for some football?