This might be the actual reality for rosters come next season.
Roster and Depth Chart
G Derrick Alston Jr. R-Sr. 6-9 188 Houston, TX-Strake Jesuit HS
G/F Abu Kigab Sr. 6-6 211 St. Catharines, ON-Prolific Prep
G Marcus Shaver Jr. R-Jr. 6-1 185 Phoenix, AZ-Shadow Mountain HS
G Emmanuel Akot R-Jr. 6-8 203 Winnipeg, MB-Wasatch Academy (UT)
G Chase Berry R-Jr. 6-6 220 Lehi, UT-Skyridge HS/Utah State Eastern
F Mladen Armus R-Jr. 6-10 230 Belgrade, Serbia-SW Christian Academy
F Naje Smith Jr. 6-7 200 Spokane, WA-Lewis & Clark HS/Cochise College (AZ)
G Devonaire Doutrive R-So. 6-5 185 Dallas, TX-Birmingham HS (CA)/Arizona
F Riley Abercrombie R-So. 6-9 210 Wollongong, Australia-Clear Lake HS (TX)
G Max Rice R-So. 6-5 189 Boise, ID-Bishop Kelly HS
G RayJ Dennis So. 6-2 177 Oswego, IL-Oswego East HS
G Kasean Pryor Fr. 6-9 179 Branson, MO-Link Year Prep
C Burke Smith Fr. 6-11 215 Glen Allen, VA-Trinity Episcopal School
|Point Guard||Shooting Guard||Small Forward||Power Forward||Center|
|Marcus Shaver R-Jr.||Derrick Alston Jr. R-Sr.||Abu Kigab Sr.||Emmanuel Akot R-Jr.||Mladen Armus R-Jr.|
|RayJ Dennis So.||Devonaire Doutrive R-So.*||Naje Smith Jr.||Riley Abercrombie R-So.||Burke Smith Fr.|
|Kasean Pryor Fr.||Chase Berry Sr.|
|Max Rice R-So.||Donovan Ivory R-So.|
*Eligible at semester break
2021 stat projections by Bart Torvik.com
Things of Note:
- There are two walk-ons listed above, so there are two open scholarships that could be awarded in the coming days.
- Devonaire Doutrive will be eligible at semester break after transferring in from Arizona.
Boise State was slated to be one of the more stacked teams in the Mountain West next season with a combination of transfers who sat out last season and returning impact players like Derrick Alston Jr. and Abu Kigab.
It’s hard to replace what guys like RJ Williams did on the post of what Justinian Jessup did on the perimeter but Boise State should be fine. An interesting part of the roster should be the Bronco’s depth at point guard with the arrival of transfer Marcus Shaver Jr. who arrived in Boise from Portland in the WCC and soon to be sophomore RayJ Dennis who showed some real promise late in the season as he began to take minutes away from veteran Marcus Derrickson.
Either way this team should be a bit deeper at every position on the floor and should expect another top-5 finish in the conference given no one else decides to transfer out.
It’s hard to imagine a ruling in favor of extra eligibility for a sport that was let’s say 85% done? I get it, it isn’t college basketball without March Madness but to award a whole extra year of eligibility for players is hard to imagine logistically. Unlike those spring sports athletes who had their season canceled before it even got started, winter sports got to play almost an entire season before theirs was canceled.
For some teams, especially in the Mountain West, their seasons were over. We had our champion. So for everyone else, their season was actually over, barring a postseason invitation to maybe the NIT, CBI or CIT.
Don’t get me wrong I am all in favor of awarding an extra year of eligibility to guys who just didn’t get the closure they deserved. No matter how heartbreaking it may be on a court surrounded by tens of thousands of fans or watched by millions at home. It is tough that hundreds of players didn’t get to experience that.
But there is also a group of players that maybe just wouldn’t return. Some would graduate and move on while others would pursue a professional opportunity. That is their decision and I can’t wait to hear some official news so we can let them do that.