Once again, it’s that time of year in which the Boise State men’s basketball regular season is rapidly coming to a close.
Senior night- a day to remember , reflect, and reminisce the history of each student athlete participating in their final home contest. It’s also a chance to commemorate and celebrate these fine student athletes.
Redshirt junior and local Rocky Mountain product, Matt Grooms will also take part in the senior day ceremonies. Though only a junior, Grooms is being honored as he plans to leave the program after this season.
They will play their final home game Tuesday, February 28th vs. Fresno State.
— Boise State Broncos (@BroncoSports) February 27, 2017
Coming into the 2016-17 season, James Reid was an unfamiliar name to the Boise State sideline. Hailing from Bend, Oregon, Redshirt senior James Reid came to the Broncos by means of transferring schools.
Unfortunately, Reid had to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. This did little to intimidate Reid as he quickly climbed the ever daunting Bronco ladder of success.
It took little time for James Reid to make it on to the scene. He quickly became Leon’s sixth man off the bench and provided Bronco Nation with that extra spark of energy. It didn’t take long for the Redshirt senior to prove he was a sharp shooter from beyond the arc.
Rise and fire! James Reid from deep to stretch the Bronco lead. pic.twitter.com/P6mkbQ6ufT
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 6, 2016
We're playing a team from Dallas and J.R. is the one doing the shooting. Three threes for the senior! pic.twitter.com/g1W9SOSSQF
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 1, 2016
For some players, the transition between sixth man and starter can be difficult to adapt to. Reid made the process look easy as Rice eventually inserted him into the starting lineup.
Reid gave the Broncos new life by demonstrating his will to shoot, play tough defense, and hit crucial free throws.
Though new to the scene, Reid will be missed by the Bronco family.
The other featured half of senior night is senior forward, Nick Duncan. Known as the “Man from Down Under,” Duncan has been an important part of the Bronco family since he set foot on campus.
Nick Duncan has made an impact on the hardwood for the Broncos since his freshman campaign in 2013. Playing in all 34 games and starting 10 of them, Duncan has proven not only his ability, but his loyalty and dedication to Boise State.
Duncan perpetually got better as he blossomed into a trustworthy super sophomore. During this season, Duncan received twice as much playing time as the previous year. He also began to show Bronco Nation a little taste that is his three point arsenal:
Over the course of his tenure with the Broncos, Duncan has been primarily known for his three point shooting. With two games left to play in his senior season, Duncan has produced 235 total career three pointers.
That sweet, sweet stroke pic.twitter.com/xctHQ0kDl8
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) January 18, 2017
Three Point Shots from this Season:
Duncan with the corner 3 Broncos on a 15-0 run! pic.twitter.com/GY2l52elOY
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) December 22, 2016
Nick Duncan hits the trail three to put Boise State on top 18-6! pic.twitter.com/rfWAqItBf3
— Boise State Men's BB (@BroncoSportsMBB) January 5, 2017
Duncan, much like Reid, also provided Bronco Nation with that high energy spark produced by his playing, facial expressions, and hand gestures.
Playing alongside the likes of Anthony Drmic, James Webb III, and Derrick Marks, Duncan has played with some of Boise State’s finest. As his final chapter at Boise State comes to a close, Duncan is sure to leave fans remembering the time they got to see the “Man From Down Under” play for the blue and orange.