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2004 CHN began unveiling 144 Team previews in 144 Days. CHN ranked the
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Boise State Broncos
2003-04: 23-10, 12-6, 3rd
2003-04 postseason: NIT
By Joel Welser
State made the post season for the first time in ten years last season under
the leadership of head coach Greg Graham in just his second year at Boise
State. Not only did the Broncos make the post season, they made a deep run
into the NIT by knocking off UNLV and Wisconsin-Milwaukee, before falling to
Marquette. Expectations are higher in Boise then they have been in quite
some time and Greg Graham will have the Broncos ready for his third season
at the helm.
Who’s Out: Aaron Haynes led the team with 14.8 points per game. The
6-7 forward also averaged 6.1 rebounds. Haynes was one of the few big guys
on the squad last year who made an impact. Bryan Defares racked up some big
numbers for his senior campaign. The 6-6 wingman averaged 11.0 points, 4.6
rebounds and 3.7 assists. Both of those big time scorers will be missed.
The loss of Joe Skiffer may make the biggest impact. Skiffer was a true
point guard dishing out 3.0 assists per outing and only scoring 2.3 points.
His defense and ball control, as well his leadership, proved to be
invaluable for the squad. Guard Booker Nabors was a great threat for the
Broncos off the bench. Nabors scored 6.3 points per game in 32 outings
during his senior season. Little used Kostas Avgerinos, Josh Bates and Rich
Fried are also not returning to Boise.
Who’s In: Graham is slowly getting the players he wants in order to
run his up-tempo offense. This year he brings in mostly junior college
players to fill in the needs of the front court and depth concerns at the
guard spots. Robert Pankowski, a 6-8 230 pound forward, averaged 21.6
points and 9.3 rebounds last year at Walla Walla Community College.
Tezarray Banks and Kareem Lloyd are a couple more junior college transfers
who should compete for time in the frontcourt. As a freshman last year at
Scottsdale Community College, Seth Robinson averaged 10.6 points and 10.6
rebounds. He will see some minutes fighting it out with the rest of the
newcomers for a spot in the Bronco frontcourt. The only incoming freshman
of the class will also contend for some minutes under the basket. Andrew
Green, a 6-6 forward, averaged 21.4 points and 16.3 rebounds as a senior in
high school. The only new guard is Antonio Fitzgerald. He is an up-tempo
player who should see some minutes.
Who to Watch: The entire frontcourt isn’t leaving Boise. Jason Ellis
is back for his senior year and will have to be the go to guy under the
basket. Even though scoring isn’t the 6-7 forward’s specialty, he averaged
a solid 8.7 points per game last year. Ellis makes the biggest impact on
the glass and on defense. He grabbed nine rebounds per game last year,
which was good enough for 2nd in the conference and should become the
schools all time leading rebounder during the 2004-2005 season. On the
defensive end Ellis managed one block per game. Usually matched up against
much taller centers, Ellis can shut down anybody in the conference.
Projected Conference Rank: Jason Ellis has plenty of help in the
frontcourt with all the newcomers. The question is whether or not all the
new guys can pull it together quickly. A new point guard in Eric Lane
brings up even more questions. They all have the ability to be quality
starters and players and will led Boise State to a 4th place finish in the
WAC and a second straight trip to the post season.
Projected Post-season Tournament: NIT
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