Players transferring from college to college — graduates or otherwise — have really picked up in the past five seasons. The Boise State Broncos men’s basketball team is no different.
The Broncos haven’t seen the boon like Nevada head coach Eric Musselman turns over his team with each season. But names like James Webb III, Rob Heyer, Lonnie Jackson, and James Reid have all made their mark for Boise State over the past few seasons.
If you haven’t already, it’s time to add Chris Sengfelder and Lexus Williams to the list.
The Boise State Broncos (17-4, 7-2) are off to one of the best starts in program history. Chandler Hutchison receives a lot of the accolades — rightfully so — but Sengfelder and Williams deserve a lot of the credit.
Both have started all 21 games and both have delivered in big moments.
Williams had a true “welcome-to-the-club” moment when he hit the game-winner earlier this season against Oregon. He also put up 16 points on 5-8 shooting in the victory over San Diego State.
Sengfelder, meanwhile, dropped a career-high 31 points in Boise State’s runaway victory over San Jose State. And, though he struggled most of the game, had key plays down the stretch to force overtime in the loss at Wyoming.
Sengfelder and Williams, who are both graduate transfers and will play only one season in Boise, will be equally important as the Broncos open the second-half of conference play.
Boise State currently trails the Nevada Wolf Pack (18-4, 7-1) by a half game after Nevada’s loss to Wyoming in double-overtime.
The senior forward, who arrived from Fordham, has slid into Nick Duncan’s former position rather nicely.
Sengfelder is averaging 11.2 ppg (3rd on the team) and 6.3 rebounds (2nd behind Hutchison).
Not only can the forward stretch the floor with his shooting (43 made 3’s, 2nd behind Justinian Jessup), but Sengfelder is also a reliable defender.
Sengfelder had been struggling a little in conference play, going through stretches where baskets refused to fall. The 31 points against San Jose State raised his scoring average in conference play from 8.2 to 10.8.
Against Nevada, Sengfelder put up 12 points while pulling down 10 rebounds. He also had a double-double against Loyola-Chicago, finishing with 10 points and 12 rebounds.
Williams has been a steadying force at the point guard position. He plays under control and has show an ability to consistently get to the rim.
Williams transferred from Valparaiso, where he averaged 5.2 points per game last season. As a Bronco, Williams is averaging 8.4 points and 2.1 assists while shooting 46.6% from the field.
Three times this season Williams has scored 16 points (season-high). While scoring was sporadic for the senior over the first couple of months, he has turned things up a notch over the last seven games.
During this span, Williams has scored in double digits in five of the seven games (11.6 ppg). Despite an off game against the Wolf Pack (3-9), Williams is shooting 50% (29-58) and has knocked down 11 threes during this frame.
Williams can also bring it defensively. Though coach Leon Rice has played a lot more zone than in years past, Williams is excellent at on ball pressure.
The road to the NCAA tourney is getting crowded. But with Sengfelder and Williams as key parts of the vehicle, the Broncos should stand a good chance of punching their ticket.
Next up for Boise State: Saturday @ Air Force, 8 pm (MT). Game can be seen on ESPNU or heard on 670 AM KBOI.