City of Trees: Broncos go big as Dukulis, Nebeker depart


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City of Trees: Broncos go big as Dukulis, Nebeker depart

By Paul Gerke. CREATED Apr 23, 2014

Heading into this off-season, the Boise State basketball team had a 6'9'', 242-pound hole in the middle of the court, right where Ryan Watkins used to be. Would the undersized Broncos be able to find a big man to replace his production?

No. They found four of them.

The latest addition to the program is 6'11'' forward Zach Haney, from Atascocita High, near Houston. He confirmed his commitment to Boise State in a conversation with The Idaho Statesman Tuesday night. Haney averaged 15.5 points, 10 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game last year. He joins 6'10'' Kevin Allen, an incoming junior who transferred from Pratt Community College (the Broncos officially announced his signing Tuesday).

Those two big bodies will be accompanied by incoming freshmen David Wacker and Chandler Hutchison. Add in 6'8'' returners Jake Ness, James Webb III, and Nick Duncan... And suddenly, size is not a weakness for Boise State. It's a strength.

There is a drawback to Haney's commitment, though. Zach put the Broncos at14 scholarship athletes, one over the NCAA limit. Right on cue, Boise State announced the departure of two players Wednesday night- Latvian forward Edmunds Dukulis and former Melba forward, Joey Nebeker. The pair logged a total of 75 minutes last season, combining for 24 points and 23 rebounds.