Wacker Sold On Boise State

With success comes attention. As the Boise State men's basketball team has improved over the years, so too has the exposure for head coach Leon Rice. As speculation grew that he might take the Washington State position, Judson (Tx.) senior forward/center David Wacker remained calm, and more importantly to Bronco fans, committed.

In their search for a new Head Coach, Washington State reached out to Boise State Head Basketball Coach, and WSU Alum, Leon Rice. Rice had a discussion with Washington State Representatives, but then quickly withdrew from their Coaching Search, opting to stay in Boise.

It may have been a brief courting by WSU, but it still created some tense days around Boise as fans worried if the momentum of the past four years would be thrown off track. But while fans may have worried, 2014 Commit David Wacker never wavered in his commitment to the program, and now that Rice has decided to stay, Wacker is even more excited for the start of his collegiate career.

"Even if he had left, I still would go to Boise, but I'm really happy that he's the head coach," said the 6'9", 210-pound Wacker, whose father was also his high school coach. "He's a great coach and I'm really happy I'll get the opportunity to play for him."

Rice reached an agreement on a contract extension with Boise State on Saturday, March 29 for four additional seasons with a clause which adds a year to his contract for each season in which he either wins more than 18 games or reaches the NCAA tournament.

"Before I committed to Boise, my family and I asked him whether or not he'd leave if he got another opportunity," Wacker said. "My dad specifically mentioned Washington State. He was honest with us the whole time about other opportunities, but he said he wouldn't leave."

On a senior-laden roster, Wacker helped lead the Rockets to a 37-2 record with 11 points, 9 rebounds and 3 blocks per game, nearly identical numbers to those in his junior season. Judson ran roughshod over its opponents in the regular season and into the Class 5A playoffs, but lost in the championship game.

"It was a great season; I'm proud of what we accomplished," Wacker said. "Obviously, I would have liked that last game to go a bit differently, but I'm pleased with how we played."

Being a leader on a state power has given Wacker a mature perspective on how he'll be able to contribute at the next level.

"One thing I've learned is that the team really matters," he said. "I think that's what they really have at Boise. I'm going to fill in wherever I'm needed. I'll do what I have to do to contribute. If that's start or come off the bench, it doesn't matter.

"Our goal every year will be a Mountain West title at least. That's the new standard that coach Rice has set and I'm so excited to get started playing for him."

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