Is it too early to start talking about basketball?
The Broncos just opened practice for the 2018/2019. Their season begins in less than 40 days. They return an experienced and balanced team. They were also able to add some talent to the roster.
The Broncos have quickly gained a reputation for taking raw and lightly recruited talent and developing them into competitive teams. Not unlike the football program.
Boise State’s head coach, Leon Rice, is now entering his ninth year. In the past eight years he has coached seven 20-win seasons; the most in Boise State history. A success by any measure.
Let’s hope Rice retires from Boise State.
What does the season look like for the Broncos? Expecting another 20-win season is not out of the question.
This season David Wacker, Zach Haney, Justanian Jessup, and Alex Hobbs are the pistons who power the engine. All appeared as starters last year.
All eyes will be on 6’6” guard Justanian Jessup returning for his junior year. Last year he averaged a little more than 11 points per game. Incredibly, he was 45% from the three-point arc.
Likewise, 6’4” guard Alex Hobbs enters his junior year. He averaged near nine points again in his sophomore year. Big things will be expected of him also.
The first look at the Broncos will be an exhibition match against Vanguard at Taco Bell Arena November 5. The season opener will be November 10 at home with Idaho State.
Boise State Roster
0 Marcus Dickinson, 6-2, 180, Jr. Norman, Okla.
1 Cam Christon 6-6, 192, So. Allen, Texas
2 Jaycson Bereal 6-6, 198, Fr. Tulsa, Okla.
3 Justinian Jessup 6-6, 202, Jr. Longmont, Colo.
4 Bing Huang 6-4, 173, Fr. Westlake Village, Calif.
5 Malek Harwell 6-5, 188, R-Jr. Pocatello, Idaho
10 Robin Jorch 6-11, 240, Sr. Berlin, Germany
11 Zach Haney 6-11, 235, R-Sr. Houston, Texas
12 Max Rice 6-4, 191, Fr. Boise, Idaho
13 Pat Dembly 6-1, 173, Jr. Minneapolis, Minn.
21 Derrick Alston 6-8, 185, R-So. Houston
22 Riley Abercrombie 6-8, 206, Fr. Wollongong, Australia
23 Roderick Williams 6-7, 210, Jr. Los Angeles
33 David Wacker 6-10, 223, R-Sr. Converse, Texas
34 Alex Hobbs 6-4, 190 Jr. La Porte, Texas
45 Mikey Frazier 6-10, 260 Fr. Salt Lake City