Boise State is coming off a season where they finished fifth in the Mountain West and grabbed their first NCAA Tournament at-large bid in school history. The Broncos return all five starters for the 2013-14 season on what could arguably be the best team in school history.
Leading the way for the Broncos in the paint this year is senior Ryan Watkins. He pulled down 8.6 points and 6.8 rebounds per game as a junior. Watkins’ looked strong in the Broncos exhibition, leading the Broncos in scoring with 15, and scored 12 of the Broncos first 14 points. Watkins presence down low will be key for the Broncos to free up their perimeter shooters.
The Australian guard was second in the Mountain West in scoring last season, pouring in 17.3 points per game. Drmic’s quickness gives him a significant advantage over most four-men, His size allows him to rise up and shoot over most three-men. The evolution of Drmic’s game this year will be a key to the Broncos success.
No. 12: 6-foot-4, 202 lb. junior guard, Igor Hadziomerovic
The other Australian guard for the Broncos, Hadziomerovic is a model of consistency for the Broncos. He averaged 5.2 points, two assists and three rebounds per game last season. The 6-foot-4 guard had a busy summer improving his offensive game and it showed in the Broncos lone exhibition. He scored 13 against Lewis-
Clark State. If Hadziomerovic can keep the scoring up he will be a big part in the Broncos offense.
No. 11: 6-foot-2, 180 lb. senior guard, Jeff Elorriaga
Elorriaga is all but automatic from beyond the arc. Elorriaga was ranked sixth in the nation last year in three-point field goal percentage (.447). The senior guard went 84-of-188 from three, and set the record for most three-pointers in a sing
le game when he knocked down 10 against Corban University. Elorriaga’s deep threat will be a key once again for the Broncos offensive success.
No. 2: 6-foot-3, 206 lb. junior guard, Derrick Marks
The spark behind the Broncos offense is junior guard, Marks. Marks ranked sixth in the MWC in scoring last season, averaging 16.3 points per game. He also ranked third in the conference in assists with 3.94 per game. If he is able to control his occasionally reckless play, Marks could have a special year.