The Return of Anthony Drmic Boosts Title Chances of Boise State Bronco Basketball Team

Another year for guard Anthony Drmic means that Boise State will once again be in the hunt for a Mountain West crown.

Last year was bittersweet for star Boise State guard Anthony Drmic:  On the one hand, the Broncos captured the Mountain West Conference regular season championship and a second consecutive berth in the NCAA Basketball Championships.

However, seven games into his senior season, Drmic, who had already been playing through a back injury, had to have surgery on his left ankle, and he watched the remainder of the season from the bench.  The ankle had been causing him problems during his collegiate career, and, while he hoped the ankle would get better, it was only worsening.  The surgery cleaned up bone spurs in the ankle and tightened the ligaments.

While Drmic said it was hard to sit on the bench, his vantage point provided a unique perspective, as he saw his teammates step up and play well.  "We have one of the best spacings in the nation on the floor, the way we're coached and the way we drill," Drmic said.

Drmic, who has averaged over 15 points a game each of the past three seasons, was granted another year of eligibility by the NCAA, and his return to the Broncos' lineup gives the team not only a proven scoring threat but a leader with plenty of experience.  Drmic has started 99 games in his Boise State career, and is one of those rare talents who can drive the basket and score inside and also bury three-pointers almost at will.  Drmic has connected on 214-of-606 attempts from beyond the arc for over 35%.

(BroncoCountry Video by Shelby Ransom)

The Boise State team is thrilled to have #3 back for another year, and, with teammate Nick Duncan, it keeps the Aussie Connection going for the Broncos.

Drmic has scored 1,528 points in his Bronco career, which is seventh all-time and 416 shy of the school record of 1,944 set by Tanoka Beard (1989-1993).  Anthony was one of 20 players selected to the watch list for the Jerry West Shooting Guard of the Year award this year.  Drmic and teammate James Webb III were both chosen by Mountain West coaches to be on the preseason all-conference team.

Drmic has also averaged 4.7 rebounds a game during his career, has dished out 199 assists and has 94 steals.  But he brings so much more to the table, much of which won't show up on a stat sheet.  Drmic hustles and dives after every loose ball, takes charges on defense and makes heady decisions with the ball that helps his team in ways that cannot be measured.

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Asked what drives him, Drmic said, "I hate to lose.  Ever since I was young, any kind of sport I was playing, whether it was basketball, soccer or football, whatever it was, I just always gave it 110.  I just try my best and put it all out there."

Drmic is in a position to finish his Boise State career in the all-time Top 10 in nearly every category in the record books.  He already ranks 3rd in three-point attempts (606), 4th in three-pointers (214), 6th in career field goal attempts (1,155), 8th in career field goals (500) 9th in career free throws (314) and 9th in career free throw attempts (409).  Anthony can reach the all-time Top 10 at Boise State in rebounds (he needs 72 more), assists (he needs 75) and steals (he needs 36, which would match a career high).  

Drmic got much of his inspiration from older brother Frank.  Playing for the South East Melbourne Magic, Frank helped his team win the Australian National Basketball League Championship in his rookie season.  The following year, Frank helped Australia win the gold medal at the U23 World Championships and was awarded Junior Male Player of the Yeaer from Basketball Australia.  In 1998, Frank represented Australia at the FIBA World Championships in Greece and he helped Australia win the silver medal at the Goodwill Games in New York City.  Anthony said he started playing basketball when he was four years old, solely because of Frank.  He said he went to NBL games to see Frank play--"It was good having him as a figure to look up to," Anthony said.

Boise State lost Derrick MarksIgor Hadziomerovic, Rob Heyer, Joe Hanstad and Jake Ness off of last year's championship squad, but the fact that Drmic is back has Bronco fans excited for the coming season.

"We want to win the championship.  We want to go to the NCAA Tournament and make a run," Drmic said.

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Career Points:

1.    1,944 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    1,927 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

3.    1,872 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

4.    1,698 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

5.    1,660 Abe Jackson 1988-1992)

6.    1,602 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

7.    1,528 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

8.    1,485 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

9.    1,386 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

10.  1,243 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

11.  1,210 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

12.  1,115 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

13.  1,155 Trent Johnson (1974-1978)

14.  1,126 John Coker (1991-1995)

15.  1,098 Reggie Larry (2007-2008)

16.  1,092 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

17.  1,090 Danny Jones (1974-1978)

18.  1,087 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

19.  1,074 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

20.  1,067 Ron Austin (1969-1971)

21.  1,032 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

22.  1,025 Booker Nabors (2000-2004)

23.  1,022 La'Shard Anderson (2008-2011)

24.  1,005 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

25.  1,004 Jason Ellis (2001-2005)

Career Rebounds:

1.    948 Jason Ellis (2001-2005)

2.    814 Ryan Watkins (2010-2014

3.    805 Bill Otey (1968-1970)

4.    767 Bruce Bolden (1981-1985)

5.    702 Trent Johnson (1974-1978)

6.    670 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

7.    603 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

8.    565 Reggie Larry (2006-2008)

9.    557 Danny Jones (1975-1978)

10.  543 Steve Wallace (1970-1972)

11.  525 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

12.  519 Matt Nelson (2006-2008)

13.  470 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

14.  467 Sean McKenna (1975-1979)

15.  464 J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)

16.  459 John Coker (1991-1995)

17.  452 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

Career Assists:

1.    502 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

2.    463 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

3.    408 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    392 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

5.    370 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

6.    367 L'Shard Anderson (2008-2011)

7.    347 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

7.    343 Joe Skiffer (1999-2004)

8.    298 Bryan Defares 2000-2004)

10.  275 Doug Usitalo (1986-1988)

11.  249 C.J. Williams (1998-2003)

11.  249 Booker Nabors (2000-2004)

13.  246 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

14.  243 Terry Miller (1974-1976)

15.  241 Frank Jackson (1983-1985)

16.  234 Rodger Bates (1978-1981)

17.  220 Steve Shephard (1993-1999)

18.  215 Matt Bauscher (2005-2008)

19.  214 Freddie Williams (1977-1979)

20.  200 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

21.  202 Mike Hazel (1981-1985)

22.  201 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

23.  192 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

24.  191 Damon Archibald (1992-1995)

25.  189 Tyler Tiedeman (2005-2008)

Career Field Goals:

1.    771 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

2.    676 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

3.    669 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

4.    549 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

5.    540 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

6.    535 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

7.    517 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

8.    500 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

8.    500 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

10.  489 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

11.  445 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

12.  439 John Coker (1991-1995)

13.  414 Reggie Larry (2006-2008)

14.  409 Ryan Watkins (2010-2014)

15.  406 Danny Jones (1975-1978)

16.  386 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

17.  373 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

18.  360 Trent Johnson (1975-1978)

19.  359 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

Career Field Goals Attempted:

1.    1,718 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

2.    1,417 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    1,318 Abe Jackson 1998-2002)

4.    1,219 Chris Childs 1985-1989

5.    1,211 Coby Karl 2003-2007

6.    1,155 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

7.    1,151 Tanoka Beard 2000-2001

8.    1,098 Roberto Bergersen 1996-1999

9.    1,059 Vince Hinchen 1981-1984

10.     962 Eric Lane 2003-2007

11.     940 Trent Johnson 1974-1978

12.     917 Pat Hoke 1972-1976

13.     902 Booker Nabors (2000-2004)

14.     887 Gerry Washington

15.     840 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

16.     812 J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)

17.     808 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

18.     807 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

19.     805 Jason Ellis (2001-2005)

19.     805 Reggie Larry (2006-2008)

21.     797 John Coker (1991-1995)

21.     797 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

23.     759 Jermaine Blackburn (2003-2005)

24.     750 Clyde Dickey (1972-1974)

25.     744 Mike Tolman (1992-1993, 1995-1998)

Career Free Throws:

1.    592 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    458 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    432 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    385 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

4.    359 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

5.    352 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

6.    346 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

7.    322 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

8.    319 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

9.    314 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

10.  313 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

11.  275 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

12.  265 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

13.  257 Danny Jones (1974-1978)

14.  249 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

Career Free Throws Attempted:

1.    833 Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)

2.    580 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

3.    549 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

4.    486 Steve Connor (1974-1978)

5.    443 Greg Bunn (1970-1973)

6.    439 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

7.    428 Bryan Defares (2000-2004)

8.    410 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

9.    409 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

10.  407 Danny Jones (1975-1978)

11.  397 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

12.  384 Arnell Jones (1986-1988)

13.  363 Pat Hoke (1972-1976)

14.  359 Vince Hinchen (1981-1984)

15.  346 Ron Austin (1968-1971)

16.  339 Bruce Bolden (1981-1985)

Career Three-Point Field Goals:

1.    266 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

2.    253 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

3.    221 Jeff Elorriaga (2010-2014)

4.    214 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

5.    211 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

6.    199 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

7.    184 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

8.    171 Mike Tolman (1992-1993/1995-1998)

9.    163 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

9.    163 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

11.  120 Brian King (1987-1990)

12.  117 Joe Wyatt (1995-1997)

13.  116 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

14.  110 Nick Duncan (2013-current)

15.  109 Lance Vaughn (1989-1993)

16.    89 J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)

17.    81 Clint Hordemann (1998-2001)

Career Three-Point Attempts:

1.    716 Coby Karl (2003-2007)

2.    706 Abe Jackson (1998-2002)

3.    606 Anthony Drmic (2011-current)

4.    565 Eric Lane (2003-2007)

5.    562 Paul Noonan (2007-2011)

6.    518 Jeff Elorriage (2010-2014)

7.    480 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)

8.    427 Mike Tolman (1992-1993/1995-1998)

9.    407 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

10.  402 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

11.  386 Chris Childs (1985-1989)

12.  320 Lance Vaughn (1989-1993)

13.  307 Joe Wyatt (1995-1997)

14.  298 Nick Duncan (2013-current)

15.  293 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)

16.  276 J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)

17.  265 Brian King (1987-1990)

18.  233 Clint Hordemann (1998-2001)

Career Steals:
1.    215 Chris Childs (1985-1989)
2.    196 L'Shard Anderson (2008-2011)

3.    186 Derrick Marks (2011-2015)
4.    185 Doug Usitalo (1986-1988)

5.    179 Gerry Washington (1995-1999)
5.    179 Anthony Thomas (2006-2010)

7.    151 Bruce Bolden (1981-1985)

8.    145 Mike Tolman (1992-1993/1995-1998)

9.    138 Roberto Bergersen (1996-1999)

10.  132 Rawn Hayes (1981-1984)
11.  129 Damon Archibald (1992-1995)
12.  125 Kejuan Woods (1998-2001)
13.  107 Lance Vaughn (1989-1993)


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