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Boise State Looks to Sustain Success with Big 2014 Recruiting Class

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The Boise State Broncos are far more well-known for their football team than their basketball team.  Third-year coach Leon Rice is looking to change that perception by building a program that mirrors the football team's rise from a lightly regarded regional power to a team that garners national attention.  After a season where the team reached it's first NCAA tournament since 2008, the team has started building a recruiting class for 2014 that could very well sustain that success.  

 
This season's Boise State team projects to compete for the Mountain West Conference Title once again, with most of its major contributors from last season returning and the additions of freshman Nick Duncan (Australia) and junior college transfer James Webb III (North Idaho College).  The Bronco's coaching staff is working hard on next year's recruiting class to supplement the current roster, with two signees already, Chandler Hutchison and David Wacker.  
 
Hutchison, a 6'4 guard out of Mission Viejo High School in California, is a versatile player who will benefit from the veteran presence he figures to have when he gets to Boise State.  At this point in his career his passing ability is his biggest asset, but with time scouts believe he could develop a solid outside shot.  Having averaged 10 points, five rebounds, and two assists a game in his most recent high school season, Hutchison figures to bring a well-rounded game to Boise.  
 
David Wacker, a 6'9 forward out of Judson High School in Texas, could potentially team up with Duncan to give the Broncos a frontcourt force in 2014.  Wacker nearly averaged a double-double in his junior year, and looks to improves on those figures this season.  Wacker was linked heavily to Nebraska during his recruitment, so his commitment to Boise State shows the influence the program is starting to have.
 
Boise State basketball has plenty of work to do before they can reach the heights their football team has achieved.  The team lost in the "First Four" round of the NCAA tournament last year, and advancing beyond that is a must for most established programs.  Still, coach Rice is building a base that a consistent contender could be built off of, giving hope for the future of Broncos basketball.