Hoop Dreams...

It's been a whirlwind 5 days that saw 3 new scholarships open up on the Bronco Basketball team..<br><br> So now that we'll all need a program to cheer for the Broncos, lets take a look at what that program will say...

The first 2 signed recruits for the Broncos could very well end up being the Bronco backcourt of the future.... get used to hearing the names
Eric Lane & Darius Harper mentioned together!

 

Picture courtesy:  Suzanne Mapes for Press-Telegram

Eric Lane PG
St. John Bosco HS, Bellflower, CA
6' 160lbs

The first verbal for the Broncos was ranked in the Top Ten Point Guards on the west coast by Prep West Hoops.. as a JR!  Eric Lane averaged 20.6 ppg this season, but scored over at or very near 30 points multiple times.  One such time was against Inglewood's highly touted Ray Reed.  Eric scored 28 to lead his team to victory, sparking one reporter to say, "Facing off against Inglewood senior star guard Ray Reed, Lane not only held his own but proved he deserved the recent upswing in his recruiting attention. Lane showed his great quickness, shooting ability and passing instincts, and showed that he's more of a true point guard than Reed in their matchup.
Tracy Pierson, PrepWestHoops.com

Eric was very highly recruited until he tore his ACL his Junnior season.  However, he stated that this might have been a blessing in disguise. 
"I never missed a day of therapy, and I didn't take any short cuts,' Lane said. "Rub downs, icing the knee, strength exercises ... everything they told me to do, I did it. And most of the time, I did a little more.' He also did some things that indirectly helped his game. Like shooting from a lawn chair in his back yard while his father, Wilbur, shagged balls, something Eric credits with improving the range on his jump shot. Or the time he spent in the weight room with his teammates, where he added roughly 20 pounds of muscle to his now 180-pound frame and greatly increased his upper body strength. 
Louis Johnson, Staff writer: Presstelegram.com

Eric Lane (St. John Bosco) was named the CIF Division II John R. Wooden award winner. He's an excellent leader who creates scoring opportunities for his teammates and also has the ability to get his own shot.
Bob Gibbons All-Star Report

 

Darius Harper

Darius Harper PG/SG
Hebron HS, Lewisville TX
6'1.5 185lbs

Being the son of an NBA All-Star can be, (I'm sure) difficult, but Darius Harper is ready to step out of his famous father's shadow and into the bright lights of the Boise State Pavilion.  Darius was recruited earlier this year by the likes of Colorado State, UTEP, Evansville, and TCU... but it wasn't until he came to Boise State that he found his home for the next 4-5 years.  Darius is already a physical specimen, with a collegiate athlete's body, which has been called, "more advanced than his father's at the same age".  He also knows how to use those muscles, being a regular at the foul line where he shot nearly 80% for the season.

However, basketball isn't the only thing Darius inherited from his father, he also is a leader on and off the court... willing to do whatever it takes to make his team better.  "As long as we win, I don't care if I score two points or 25," said Harper, who was 6-4A's Co-MVP.... "I was effective, but in different ways." His 17.3 points per game was lower than last year's 22 (when he was voted the conference's Offensive Player of the Year), but Harper led District 6-4A in assists per game (seven) and was named the district's Co-MVP. That selflessness helped Harper earn Most Valuable Player honors on the All-Denton County Boys Basketball Team, and second-team all-state . 
STEVE GAMEL / The Dallas Morning News

Harper averaged 17.5 points and 6.8 rebounds in leading Hebron to its first playoff appearance this season. He said he chose Boise State over offers from TCU, Southwest Texas State, UTEP, Colorado State, Southern and Drake.



Joining the 2 HS recruits is JC recruit, Franco Harris

 

Franco Harris PG
Diablo Valley CC - 5'11 JR

 

Franco Harris (PG 5-11 170 Soph El Cerrito/Richmond, CA) is a 2 time all-Bay Valley Conference player. He's a PG/SG at Diablo Valley College that plays in the Bay Valley Conference West Division on Cali. As a freshman last season, Harris made all-conference, averaging 16.7 points per game. This season, Harris led the Bay Valley Conference West Division with 18.2 points per game, which ranks 21st in the state.  He was also chosen as the Delta Holiday Tournament MVP.

He will fit right into Graham's philosophy.. one write up on him said,
"Harris follows a simple philosophy. If he gets an open shot, he takes it. And if he misses, he'll keep shooting until he starts making them again."

As a freshman, he once nailed 10 3-pointers and finished with 36 points in a game at Canada College. Franco won't get too homesick for his old team once he joins the Bronco program...  as his backcourt teammate at DVC, Tyree Gardner, has committed to San Jose State University.


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