Over the past few seasons, the Boise State Broncos have been blessed with exceptional play from their sixth man. Rob Heyer, Mikey Thompson and even Chandler Hutchison all excelled in this role.
They way things are shaping up this season, you can add James Reid to that list.
Reid, the senior transfer from Arkansas Little-Rock, as of late has been the first man off the bench for head coach Leon Rice’s Broncos. A year after watching his current teammates play games without him, Reid’s contributions are not going unnoticed.
The senior guard started the first few games this season for Boise State (4-1, 11-5), but struggled to find his shot. In the first five games, Reid hit only three of his first 20 three-point attempts (15%).
To paraphrase the cliche, if a shooter is on, keep shooting. And if you’re off, shoot until you’re on.
Reid has done exactly that.
Reid did himself one-point better in a victory over San Diego State, scoring 19 points. He also scored in double figures and had three steals in last week’s loss to Fresno State.
On the season, the guard is averaging 8.5 points per game while shooting 33% from 3-point range. In conference play, Reid averages 12 points per game and has knocked down seven of his last 16 three-point attempts.
Reid has been a spark, especially when he knocks down a couple of threes, helping energize his teammates around him. This kind of play will be crucial to the Broncos success this season.
Next up: New Mexico Lobos
The Lobos (3-3, 10-8) are fresh off a 84-71 victory at Colorado State last Saturday. This victory ended a three-game losing streak.
Tim Williams, a 6’8 senior forward, leads New Mexico in scoring and rebounding. A season after averaging 16.8 points, Williams is pouring in 18.3 this season. He is also pulling down 7.2 rebounds per game.
Last season’s leading-scorer at 21.7 points per game, Elijah Brown, is down to 17.5 this season. The junior guard also averages 4.3 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game. Brown also leads the team with 25 steals.
The Lobos average 76 points per game while giving up 73.8. They have conference losses against UNLV, Utah St. and Nevada. Along with their victory over Colorado State, New Mexico has also defeated San Diego State and Fresno State.
Tip off is set for 9 pm (MDT) at Taco Bell Arena on Tuesday.