Senior forward Ryan Watkins is becoming the most dominant force for the Broncos this season.
“I try to do my best to be a leader and set a good example because I have been here for a while,” Watkins said.
Watkins led the Broncos in their 76-55 home win over San Jose State last Saturday afternoon, with his ninth double double performance on the season, racking up 18 points and 16 rebounds.
“Ryan just shows up for work, puts his lunch pail in his locker, puts his hard hat on, and puts it out there and goes out and gets 18 points and 16 boards,” head coach Leon Rice said. “It’s pretty impressive.”
Watkins got his team off to a hot start and continued his dominant play to help the Broncos get an important conference win.
“We wanted to come out with an edge with energy and we knew with this game we had to come out firing,” Watkins said.
The four-year starter has been a force down low this season and has complemented Boise State’s outside attack.
“It’s just amazing. He’s an impressive kid,” Rice said. “Love the way he is playing, and its a weapon for us.”
Watkins has developed into one of the Broncos most proficient players this season.
Watkins leads the Mountain West in offensive rebounds with 4.9 per game.
“It’s just neat to watch a kid like this just blossom and develop,” Rice said. “I wish I could get a fifth year for him so he can play for us next year.”
Watkins attributes all his success to his team and pledges to give his absolute best for them.
“I just play for my team and they give me the energy to keep going,” Watkins said. “I just try to play for my team and it’s easy that way.”
With the Broncos being up and down in their last few games, Boise State is hoping this win will give them momentum heading into the last part of the season.
“We got to get rolling now and it’s going to be important to get some key wins down the stretch,” Watkins said. “But we just have to take it one game at a time.”
The Broncos host Air Force on Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Taco Bell Arena as they look to improve to 5-3 in conference play.