LAS VEGAS NV - DECEMBER 08: Head coach Leon Rice of the Boise State Broncos watches his team take on the UNLV Rebels at The Orleans Arena December 8 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 75-72. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
First year head coach Leon Rice has added three players to his eight man recruiting class and filled up his 2011 roster. Jarrell Crayton, a 6' 7" 210 lb. forward out of Sheridan College in Wyoming was one of those. He averaged 15 points and 7 rebounds per game this past season. Crayton turned down visits to Virginia Commonwealth, Minnesota, and Ohio when he chose Boise State.
The Broncos also landed Kenny Buckner, a 6'9" 250 lb. forward who played for the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls. Buckner and his Golden Eagle team (33-4) won the NJCAA National Championship this year in a game where he was responsible for 12 points and 9 rebounds. A third player added to the Bronco roster is 6' 4" Igor Hadziomerovic, a guard out of Australia. He was a scholarship holder at the Australian Institute of Sport, and will represent Australia’s U19 National Team at the World Championships in Latvia this summer.
The other recruits to commit to Boise State are:
Darrious Hamilton, 6' 7" 200 lbs, a forward from Antonian College Prep, San Antonio, Texas
Derrick Marks, 6' 2" 175 lbs, a guard from Central H.S., Plainfield, Illinois
Michael Thompson, 6' 2" 175 lbs point guard from Canyon Springs H.S., Las Vegas, Nevada
Joe Hanstad, 6' 4" a guard from Dickinson H.S., North Dakota
Anthony Drmic, 6' 6", a forward who was a teammate of "Iggy" Hadziomerovic's, and also from down under.
The 2011 eight-player recruiting class fills a depleted roster that lost seven seniors this year. The new recruits are players Rice noted that will be the future of the Bronco Basketball team.
Jarrell Crayton feels good about that future. "I think we can be a topnotch program next year, especially since we’re going to the Mountain West,” he said about his choice of Boise State. "Nobody is really going to expect us to do anything, but I talked to some of the players and we all plan on taking the Mountain West by storm next year.”
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