The Scorer's Table: An Early Look at the 2013-14 MW Men's Basketball Season
June 11, 2013
This is the second in a series of Mountain West men's basketball blogs detailing developments involving the league's hoops programs since the conclusion of the 2012-13 season. We continue today with Boise State.
Boise State Broncos
Last season's record: 23-11 overall, 9-7 MW (T4th)
Key losses: C Kenny Buckner; F Vukasin Vujovic.
Key returners: G/F Anthony Drmic, Jr.; G Derrick Marks, Jr.; G Jeff Elorriaga, Sr.; F Ryan Watkins, Sr.; G Mikey Thompson, So.; G Igor Hadziomerovic, Jr.; G Thomas Bropleh, Sr.
2013-14 signees: F James Webb; G Dezmyn Trent; F Nicholas Duncan.
Sizing up the recruits: Webb, a 6-9 forward from North Idaho College, averaged 9.2 points and 5.2 rebounds for a Cardinals squad that posted a mark of 26-5 in 2012-13. A three-year starter at Foss High School in Tacoma, Wash., Trent, a 6-4 guard, set a single-season school record by averaging 26.9 points as a senior. He had eight games with 30 or more points and four with 40 or more. Duncan, a 6-8, 225-pound forward from Sydney, Australia, played at the Australian Institute of Sport, the same program that produced Drmic and Hadziomerovic. He led ASL to the gold medal at the 2011 Under-18 National Championship by averaging 17.6 points and 14.9 rebounds per game.
Overview: Beware the Broncos. After making their first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007-08, Boise State lost just one senior (Buckner) from last season's squad. Drmic (17.7 ppg) and Marks (16.3 ppg) both earned All-MW second team honors after ranking second and sixth, respectively, in the MW in scoring. The additions of Webb and Duncan should help offset the loss of 6-7 Buckner and 6-9 Vujovic inside. The program announced last month that Vujovic, who appeared in nine games as a freshman, was returning to his native Serbia.
Changes At The Top: In addition to signing head coach Leon Rice to a two-year contract extension in April, Boise State also announced last month that assistant Jeff Linder, who joined the team prior to the 2010-11 season, has been promoted to associate head coach. Former Broncos associate head coach Dave Wojcik was named head coach at MW newcomer San Jose State in March. Danny Henderson, who went 708-172 (.805) during 25 years as a high school coach in Texas, was hired as an assistant coach in April.