Worthington BLOG: Better days ahead for Boise State Men’s Basketball


Better days ahead for Boise State Men’s Basketball

Blog by Rick Worthington

I hope at the end of the season we don’t hear Boise State hoops fans calling for Leon Rice’s job. We will all agree this season has been far short of the standard set by Rice and his staff over the last several years. But rest assured, better days are ahead.

In college basketball, it really is all about recruiting. Even more so than what you see in football. In Basketball, a single player can elevate an entire team, as we witnessed when the Broncos had Chandler Hutchison on the court. (who eventually went to the NBA and was drafted in the 1st round by the Chicago Bulls)

The Broncos are about to get a couple of guys that should help elevate the entire team over the next couple seasons. Sophomore forward Emmanuel Akot is leaving Arizona to join Boise State. The former five-star recruit will have two years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2019-20 season per NCAA transfer rules.

In January, the Broncos announced the addition of University of Oregon sophomore Abu Kigab, who joined the team as a mid-year transfer. Also, Boise State graduates just two seniors.

One other note – and I don’t want to kick a guy when he is down, but I think Boise State also helped itself by removing a certain player from it’s roster recently.

All in all – Boise State is not as bad as the record would indicate. The Broncos should have defeated Nevada here in Boise, and have lost every single close game they have played in, with the exception of a 2 point win at Colorado State.

I’m counting of those close losses to turn into wins by the time next year rolls around.