Rob Heyer will become Boise State's 10th active professional basketball player when he suits up for the Latrobe Demons
Four former Broncos have signed professional contracts with others still weighing their options
Ryan Watkins will begin his professional career with Aris Leeuwarden of the Dutch Basketball League
Ryan Watkins had a senior season to remember, capping an illustrious career
BroncoSports.com will feature Thomas Bropleh, Jeff Elorriaga and Ryan Watkins this week
Judging by the number of rebounds Ryan Watkins gobbled up this past season, most Bronco fans probably would not be surprised to see Watkins walking around campus with a hard hat and lunch pail. Watkins turned in one of the most prolific rebounding seasons in Boise State history by averaging 10.6 rebounds per game. Couple that with a steady 11.9 points per game, and you have the first Bronco to average a double-double since 1971-1972.
The video series begins with an overview of the 2014 seniors by the three Bronco coaches who were with them all four years. Head coach Leon Rice, associate head coach Jeff Linder and assistant coach John Rillie share their thoughts in the video below.
Boise State men's basketball defeated UNLV Saturday, 91-90, in a thrilling overtime game. The Broncos used huge games from Ryan Watkins and Anthony Drmic to force the extra period, where Derrick Marks scored all 13 Boise State points. It was just enough to beat the Rebels whose buzzer beater was waved off.
Boise State vs. New Mexico
Boise State at UNLV photos by USA TODAY Sports
Men's basketball, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014
Boise State defeats Utah State, 78-74
Men's Basketball vs. Wyoming
SENIOR (2013-14): All-MW Second Team...tallied 11.9 points and 10.6 rebounds per game, first Bronco to average a double-double since 1971-72...ranked No. 6 in the NCAA in rebounds per game and led the NCAA in offensive rebounds per game (5.0)...grabbed 170 offensive rebounds to lead the country, sixth-most in a season in NCAA last 18 seasons...set career highs in minutes, points, field goals, free throws, offensive rebounds, defensive rebounds, total rebounds, assists, blocks and steals...became 25th Bronco to score 1,000 career points...recorded school-record 17 double-doubles (No. 8 in NCAA), including 12 in MW play...set or tied single-season Mountain West conference-only records for rebounds (225), rebound average (12.5), offensive rebounds (104) and double-doubles (12)...grabbed career-high 22 rebounds at New Mexico (Jan. 21), setting MW senior class record, tied for second most in NCAA in 2013-14, most by a Bronco since at least 1985-86 (as far as game-by-game records reach)...streak of six-straight double-doubles (Jan. 14-Feb. 1) is the longest in school history...first double-double came in season opener with 14 points and 10 rebounds...first double-double by a Bronco in a season opener since 2007 (Reggie Larry and Matt Nelson)...career-high 27 points with 14 rebounds against Nevada on Senior Night (March 5).
JUNIOR (2012-13): Appeared in each of the Broncos' 32 games during the regular season, including starts in 31...came off the bench on Senior Night against San Diego State, March 9...averaged 8.4 points per game, ranking fourth on the team...was 111-of-180 from the field (.617), the eighth-best single-season mark in school history...averaged 6.8 rebounds per game, leading the team and ranking eighth in the Mountain West...offensive rebounding average of 3.16 ranked third in the league...scored in double figures a career-high 11 times...seven double-figure rebounding games...recorded a team-high five double-doubles...included was a streak of three-straight: had 12 points and 10 rebounds against No. 19/21 New Mexico (Jan. 16); had 24 points and 13 rebounds against Air Force (Jan. 19); and 10 points and 18 rebounds against Fresno State (Jan. 23)...also had double-doubles against LSU, Dec. 14 (12 points; 17 rebounds), and Walla Walla, Jan. 5 (22 points; 11 rebounds)...rebounding total against the Bulldogs was a career high and tied for the highest total in the MW during the season...rebounding effort against the Tigers was the third-highest total in the league during the regular season, and included a career-high 10 on the offensive end...scoring output against the Falcons was a career high, as were his field goals made (10), field goal attempts (14) and blocks (three)...was 9-for-11 (.818) from the floor against Walla Walla, a career best...career-high three steals against UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 24)...career-high-tying two assists three times...knocked down his first-career 3-pointer against UNLV (Feb. 2).
SOPHOMORE (2011-12): Played in 29 games, including 16 starts...averaged 6.8 points and 4.0 rebounds per game...rebounding average ranked 19th in the Mountain West...his 1.90 offensive rebounds per game ranked seventh in the league...went 74-of-161 from the floor, the third-best field goal percentage on the team (.460)...scored in double figures a career-best nine times, including a career- and team-high 19 points against Portland (Dec. 7)...registered his first-career double-double against Fresno State (Dec. 19), scoring a team-high 18 points and pulling down a career-high 11 rebounds...nine of his rebounds came on the offensive end against the Bulldogs, and he also went a career-best 8-for-11 from the free throw line (.727)...was a perfect 7-of-7 from the floor against Colorado Christian (Nov. 11) in the season opener, and was also perfect on five attempts against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 19)...went a career-best 7-of-9 (.778) from the floor against New Mexico (March 3), coming off the bench to score 16 points...also tied his career high with two steals and two assists against the Lobos...led the Broncos in scoring twice and in rebounding eight times.
FRESHMAN (2010-11): Played in each of the Broncos' record-setting 35 2010-11 games, including 23 starts...is the only freshman in school history to appear in as many games during his debut season...made his first-career start against Drake (Dec. 12), then returned to the starting line-up against Louisiana Tech (Dec. 29) and started 22 of the final 23 games of the season...did not start Senior Night against Cal State Bakersfield (March 2)...averaged 5.7 points and 3.5 rebounds per game...went 73-of-141 (.518) from the floor, leading all Broncos with more than 100 attempts in field goal percentage...during the postseason - including the WAC Tournament - averaged 9.6 points on a team-high 57.1 field goal percentage (16-of-28)...scored in double figures six times, including a career-high 18 points against Evansville in the second round of the College Basketball Invitational (March 21)...led Boise State in scoring against the Purple Aces, and against New Mexico State in the semifinals of the WAC Tournament (March 11)...led the Broncos in rebounding seven times, including a career-high nine rebounds against UC Davis (Nov. 21)...led the Broncos in blocks nine times, and recorded a career-high two three times...career-high two assists twice, and a career-high two steals four times...scored six points, including going a perfect 4-for-4 from the free throw line, and pulled down three rebounds in his collegiate debut against Western State (Nov. 13).
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