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
Thomas Bropleh ('14) recently visited Boise following his first professional season
Thomas Bropleh and Ryan Watkins will both be playing in Europe next season
Thomas Bropleh played in 128 games as a Bronco, but his final 14 will defiine his career
For three years you knew the name, but maybe couldn't put a finger on his game. After moving in and out of the starting lineup during his first three seasons, Thomas Bropleh found his calling as a senior. A refined three-point stroke and an irreplaceable dose of senior leadership turned Bropleh into one of the best sparkplugs in the West.
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.
Hear Leon Rice, Thomas Bropleh, Anthony Drmic and Derrick Marks look back on Boise State's big win against New Mexico Wednesday night.
Bronco Spotlight - Men's Basketball - Thomas Bropleh
Boise State vs. New Mexico
Boise State at UNLV photos by USA TODAY Sports
Boise State defeats Utah State, 78-74
Fresno State @ Boise State
SENIOR (2013-14): Appeared in all 34 games, including six starts...played 19.6 minutes per game and averaged 8.0 points and 2.8 rebounds, shooting 46.7 percent from the floor, including 42.6 percent from three-point range (49-for-115)...scored in double figures in 10 of last 14 games...made first start since sophomore year in season opener (Nov. 8) and went 3-for-3 from beyond the arc while matching career high with three assists...scored 10 points at New Orleans (Nov. 23), first time in double figures since Feb. 20, 2013...started against Carroll College (Dec. 5) and scored 18 points to lead the Broncos...recorded career-high five assists against South Carolina (Dec. 23)...averaged 18.7 minutes and 6.7 points per game off the bench at the Diamond Head Classic, shot 4-of-8 from three-point in the tournament...career-high two blocks at San Diego State (Jan. 8)...started against Utah State (Jan. 18)...scored 41 points in three-game stretch against Air Force (Jan. 29), at UNLV (Feb. 1) and against San Diego State (Feb. 5), had scored 50 points in previous 12 games combined...15 points against SDSU were his most in a conference game since scoring 17 against UNLV Jan. 25, 2012...scored 14 points (all in the second half) in win over New Mexico (Feb. 12), including four three-pointers- three on consecutive possessions...poured in 18 points (all in second half) at Colorado State (Feb. 18) on 7-of-9 shooting...led Bronco comeback and matched career high with 20 points at Wyoming (March 1)...scored 16 points in 19 minutes against New Mexico in the semifinals of the Mountain West Tournament (March 14) on 6-of-11 shooting, including 4-of-7 from beyond the arc...made at least one three-pointer in 14 of final 17 games, made multiple triples in 10 of final 13 games...set career highs with 666 minutes, 271 points, 91 field goals, 49 three-point field goals, 41 assists, six blocks and 18 steals on the year...also had career highs in field-goal percentage (46.7), three-point percentage (42.6) and free-throw percentage (80).
JUNIOR (2012-13): Appeared in 30 games during the regular season, missing the Corban (Dec. 30) and Fresno State (Jan. 23) games - two of only three missed games during his Bronco career...averaged 3.5 points per game on the season...had two double-digit efforts on the season: a season-high 14 against Walla Walla (Jan. 5), and 10 against Air Force (Feb. 20)...season-high seven rebounds against Nevada (Feb. 27)...career-high-tying three assists twice...season-high two steals against the Wolf Pack.
SOPHOMORE (2011-12): One of only two Broncos to appear in each of the team's 30 games...made a career-high 11 starts...averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds per game, both career highs...was 29-of-86 from the 3-point line on the season (.337)...scored a career-high 20 points against Cal State Northridge (Nov. 19), knocking down a career-high-tying four 3-pointers...also had four 3-pointers against No. 12/15 UNLV (Jan. 25)...registered his first-career double-double against the Runnin' Rebels, scoring 17 points and pulling down a career-high 13 rebounds...led the team in scoring twice, and in rebounding five times...scored in double figures nine times...named Mountain West Spring Academic All-Conference.
FRESHMAN (2010-11): Played in 34 of the Broncos' record-setting 35 games in 2010-11, including one start...started his first-career game against No. 21/20 Utah State (Feb. 5)...averaged 3.7 points and 2.4 rebounds during his debut season with the Broncos...was 21-of-51 (.412) from the 3-point line on the season, including a mark of 14-for-29 (.483) over his last 14 games...scored a then-career-high 14 points in each game against Hawaii (Jan. 8 and Feb. 3), and against Fresno State (Feb. 10)...went a season-best 4-of-6 from the 3-point line in the first meeting against the Bulldogs...led the Broncos in rebounding three times, including his then-career-high, nine-rebound performance against Cal State Bakersfield (March 2)...led Boise State with a career-high three steals against the Rainbow Warriors (Feb. 3)...career-high three assists against Fresno State.
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