Unconfirmed, (but very reliable) reports out of Oregon have reached BroncoCountry that Colin Hallberg, a 6'10, 240lb Center from Lincoln HS in Portland, OR was offered a scholarship from Boise State within the past week, and that Colin has decided to accept that offer. Although Colin is not bound by his verbal agreement, given the late date of his decision, he is a virtual lock to play for the Broncos.
Colin had originally signed a scholarship offer from Chemeketa CC back in February, but instead will be joining the other Bronco basketball players on campus on Monday. He was one of the top 3 Center prospects in Oregon, and had been ranked as high as #16 in some lists of the overall best Basketball prospects in Oregon this past year.
Reportedly, the scholarship for Hallberg opened up recently, giving credence to recent speculation that one of the JC Transfer 'big-men' did not makes grades. Reportedly Boise native Rob Pankowski was in danger of not qualifying, and this news unfortunately would seem to bolster that rumor. Hallbert is not the only True Freshman big man joining the Broncos this fall, he joins PF Andrew Green, (6'6 260lbs) and another Pacific NorthWest recruit, invited walkon PF/C Brandon Johnson, (6'8 200lbs). While this bodes very well for the future, one of more of these new recruits could very well see the court for the Broncos this year, despite the fact that they would probably greatly benefit from a RS season.
The Broncos seem to have rolled the dice this recruiting season with rumors regarding grades swirling, not only regarding Pankowski, but also about fellow JC Transfer Antonio Fitzgerald. The Broncos seem to have had contingency plans in place in case either situation was not resolved favorably, and those plans seem to be new recruits McNeal Thompson, and now True Freshman big man Hallberg.
Hallberg received recruiting interest from DePaul, Pacific, UC Santa Barbara,
Portland, and Portland State, amongst others.
He is fully qualified.