Hutchinson still the schools highest ranking recruit all-time per 247 sports during the modern ranking era.
Australian players have had a huge amount of success for Boise State too. Guys like Anthony Drmic, Igor Hadziomerovic and maybe most popular Nick Duncan, have been major impact guys during their time at ExtraMile Arena. And don’t forget about junior college recruits who have been key to Rice’s success.
His first team in Boise was led by two former junior college stars in La’Shard Anderson (Irvine College) and Robert Arnold (Antelope Valley College), not to mention James Webb III (North Idaho College) who is one of only two Broncos coached by Rice to play in the NBA (Hutchinson being the other).
So where guys have built programs around transfers and others unable to grow them because of their departures, Rice has done it a bit differently until now. It’s hard to stay on the sideline for long and in 2018-19 Abu Kigab a former Oregon Duck transferred into the program at semester break.
Even though Kigab was a top-200 ranked recruit out of high school and coming from a high major program was impressive, this in and of itself wasn’t a program changing addition. As I said, Rice has brought transfers to Boise in the past but this became a trend in the coming months.
Next was former five-star guard Emmanuel Akot who left Arizona in February, then former East Tennessee State big man Mladen Armus said he’d join the program May 4th, and former Portland Pilots leading scorer Marcus Shaver Jr. did the same just four days later. The latest addition from the transfer portal was more recent, as Akot’s former teammate Devonaire Doutrive another former top-100 recruit announced he was transferring to Boise State via twitter in early December.
So with five seniors on the roster and leading scorer Derrick Alston Jr. (a redshirt junior) still on the radar of NBA teams, we can begin to speculate on the future. There are three high school players committed to the Broncos with speculation that one may serve a two-year mission before enrolling in school. So expect a grand total of at least six new faces on the court next season with possible additions in the coming months. But for the first time during Rice’s tenure we see a team filled with expectations. He has been able to do a lot with guys who may have been relatively unknown in high school or abroad before successful seasons under him in Boise, but next year should be different.