Joe Hanstad: Eager To Get Started In Boise

Dickinson HS SG Joe Hanstad (Dickinson, ND) signed with Boise State last fall as a member of the 2011 recruiting class. He was having an excellent season up until about a month ago when he broke his wrist, but he'll make his long-awaited return this week for the regional tournament. He spoke to BroncoCountry.com about the wrist injury and his future as a Bronco.

Dickinson HS SG Joe Hanstad (Dickinson, ND) signed with Boise State last fall as a member of the 2011 recruiting class. He was having an excellent season up until about a month ago when he broke wrist, but he'll make his long-awaited return this week for the regional tournament.

"We have our regional tournament next week, 5th seed," he said. "I broke my wrist on January 17th and I'm just now getting back into things a little bit. The bone has healed, but the tendons are still sore. I'm going to play next week, so we'll see how effective I am."

"Coach Rice was pretty bummed when I told him about it," Hanstad said. "He encouraged me to take my time and make sure I'm healthy before I come back."

The future Bronco was averaging 25 PPG before the injury and understands the jump from HS to college is huge. That's why he plans on kicking it into high gear once the season is over.

"It was a big blow when I went down because I know how much I need to be prepared before I head to Boise," he stated. "This spring is going to be hectic with workouts and trying to get ready. I'm really excited about going to Boise since I know I won't be the only new guy. A bunch of other guys will have to get used to everything just like me. That's exciting."

The Broncos are currently 17-11 (9-6) after Saturday's showdown at Nevada. With only one conference game remaining, a #2 seed in the WAC Tournament is still up for grabs. Boise State finished in 8th place just a year ago, so that makes the turnaround all that more impressive.

"They're doing really well. They've just got to figure out how to win some of these close games," he said. "Still, I think those close losses will make them better as a team. They just have to find a way to get over the hump in those games."

Hanstad (6'4, 190) says he'll report to Boise in July and is eager to start his college career.

"I'll be there for summer school and workouts on July 9th," he said. "I'm ready to get out there and I can't wait to get started," he added.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joe Hanstad.


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