Broncos’ next top baller

Broncos’ next top baller

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Robby Milo / The Arbiter

Have you ever thought you had what it takes to be a Division I college athlete?

The Boise State men’s basketball team is going to give you the unique opportunity to prove it.

With the football season in full swing, basketball is on the back-burner for now for Bronco fans, but with the season fast approaching, team officials have announced they will be holding an open tryout for a walk-on position on the squad.

The walk-on try-out will be held on Oct 3 at 5:30 p.m. in the Auxiliary Gymnasium located behind Taco Bell Arena next to the tennis courts and is attached to the team’s locker room facilities in the Arguinchona Basketball Complex.

Before trying out, prospective student athletes must fill out a variety of forms to become eligible for play.

Those interested in trying out must have passed a physical examination by a physician and have had a sickle cell solubility
test done.

Prospective student athletes must also have registered with the NCAA Eligibility Center.

As far as the academics qualifications are concerned, those interested in trying out for the team must be enrolled in a minimum of 12 credits for the regular academic term.

The link for the Compliance Tryout Form can be found on the Boise State website.

While the program is not looking for anyone with a particular amount of playing experience or skill level, team officials held this same type of walk-on tryout last season and it did not produce any current squad members.

“We ran a walk-on tryout last year, but we did not have anyone from last year’s tryout make it on the team”, said Chris Cobbina in an e-mail. Cobbina is currently in his second year as the Director of Basketball Operations at Boise State. “We do have a walk-on on our team, but we did not take him from last year’s tryout.”

Under third-year Head Basketball Coach Leon Rice, the Boise State Men’s Basketball program opens their season this year on Nov 2 at Taco Bell Arena with an exhibition matchup against St. Martin’s University.

The Broncos then begin the regular season on Nov 11 with a home game vs. Texas Southern
University.

It is the Broncos’ second season, and final, season in the Mountain West Conference before heading to the Big West Conference next season.

The time to shine under the lights at Taco Bell Arena is now, so go work on that jumper and see if you have what it takes.

For answers to any further questions, interested students may contact Director of Basketball Operations Chris Cobbina through e-mail at chriscobbina@boisestate.edu or by phone, at 426-4916.