Tanoka Beard (1989-1993)
This great Bronco is the only player in school history to score over 500 points in three different seasons. He poured in 566 his senior year, 524 his junior season and 514 his sophomore year. He bested Bronco superstar Steve Connor by 17 points to capture the all-time record in 1993 and averaged 17.7 points a game (3rd behind Ron Austin and Connor).
Beard also ranks 5th all-time in rebounds with 670 and 7th in average with a 6.1 average for his career. Tanoka is second in field goals (676), fourth in attempts (1,151) and fifth in field goal percentage (58.7%). He shattered school records with 592 career free throws, beating 2nd place Connor by 207, and free throw attempts with 833, 347 more than Connor.
Beard also holds the record for blocked shots with 160 and is 10th in games played (110) and 5th in games started (106).
Beard is third all-time in scoring for a single season with a 21.0
average in 1992-1993. He is fifth for
field goals (199) that same season. He
is the only player in
Under the tutelage of Head Coach Bobby Dye, Beard became a good defensive player. He blocked 50 shots in 1990-91, then 41 the next year and 38 his senior year. Beard ranks 3rd, 5th and 7th in that category.
Beard holds the all-time record for free throws and free-throw
attempts in a game with a 20-25 performance against George Mason on
Beard also is the only Bronco to lead his team in blocked shots all four years, rejecting 1.2 per game his first year, 1.7 as a sophomore and 1.4 per game in each of his last two years.
His leadership did not stop there. He paced his team in field goal percentage in 1989-90 (115-198 for 58.1%) and again his senior year (199-339 for 58.7%). A center doesn't often lead his team in free throw shooting but that's exactly what he did in 1991-92, canning 166 of 231 attempts for 71.9%.
Beard still ranks fourth in Big Sky Conference history in points and fifth in blocked shots, 14 years after he took to the Pavilion for the final time.
Beard's leadership on and off the court led to him winning the
Jeff Foster Memorial Award his last two seasons, one of only three players to
win it multiple times. He was tabbed as
Big Sky Conference Freshman of the Year in 1990 and is
Beard's senior team won 21 games, tied for fifth best all-time. They made 511 free throws, fifth in the record book. Thanks to the presence of Tanoka, three of his Bronco teams rank in the top six in blocked shots. They are 2nd with 119 in 1991-92, tied for third with 109 his senior year and 6th with 106 in 1990-91.
Defensively, Beard and the Broncos hold the school record by holding opponents to 1,222 attempts in 1989-90. Beard's freshman team ranks 4th by holding opponents to 1,683 points and fifth by limiting the opposition to 588 field goals.
A rash of injuries forced Tanoka to play as a true freshman but
from the moment he took the floor, he was an instantaneous star and fan
favorite. With players like Chris Childs,
Wilson Foster, Doug Usitalo and Arnell Jones gone, it was rebuilding time for
Some close losses the following season (seven by six points or
less) led to a disappointing season at 16-13.
But the following year was a banner year for
to play professional ball in
Bruce Bolden (1981-1985)
Coach Bobby Dye had the big body he wanted inside in Bolden. Bruce dominated the boards from 1981-1985. He nearly broke the school record in rebounds, although Bill Otey's totals were accumulated in two years. Bolden grabbed 767 in his four seasons to 805 for Otey in two years. Jason Ellis then came along and pushed Bolden down to third. Still, Bolden's average of 7.0 is tied with Pat Hoke for fifth.
His rebounding led to numerous easy putbacks and thundering dunks, propelling him to sixth all-time in field goal percentage (358-624 for 57.4%). He also ranks 4th in blocked shots with 108 and 4th in steals with 151. Beard his tied for 10th in games played with 110 and is 8th in starts with 87.
Bolden ranks 4th in field goal percentage with 65.5% his senior year (114-174) and is 8th with 60.1% his sophomore year (101-168). Bruce's best season in blocked shots came his junior year when he turned back 39, sixth all-time.
Bolden is one of only two Broncos to lead his team in rebounding each of four years, with Ellis being the other. Bolden pulled down an average of 6.6 his freshman year, 7.1 the following season, 5.8 as a junior and 8.4 as a senior. He paced the Broncos in field-goal percentage in his sophomore and senior years, hitting 65.5% in 1982-83 and 65.5% as a senior.
Bruce also led
The Broncos had 480 assists during Bolden's freshman season to rank fourth all-time. They held opponents to 1,734 points in his junior year to rank fifth.
Bolden provided the transition to greatness at
Greg Bunn (1970-1973)
Bunn was not only a force inside but a great scorer as well, hitting 1,032 points in his three-year career for 15th all-time. Bunn's moves inside led to 443 free-throw attempts, third all-time, making 346 of them for fourth in the record book. His shooting from the charity stripe made him the only center that played more than a season to rank in the top ten in free-throw percentage. Bunn is 10th with 78.1% shooting.
Bunn is seventh all-time with his 8.8 rebounds per game average as a junior. He also ranks second in free throws with 171 and third in attempts with 216 that same year.
Greg led the Broncos in scoring his junior year with a nice 16.7 average and in rebounding his senior season with 7.6 caroms per game. He also paced the Broncos in free-throw shooting each year, connecting on 74 of 95 his junior year for 79.8% and 74 of 95 the following season for 79.8%.
Bunn's Bronco teams performed well offensively. They rank 3rd all-time in scoring his sophomore season with a 79.6 average, and his junior team ranks fifth in that department with 78.5 points per game. His junior team is second in field goal attempts with 1,919. Greg's junior team holds the school record for free throw attempts with 797 and is second in free throws with 550. His sophomore team is fourth in both categories, hitting 526-746.
Bunn also helped the Broncos on the boards as the team averaged 40 rebounds in 1971-72 (3rd all-time) and 38.3 the following year (5th). His junior team turned in one of the only great statistics pre-Dye by holding opponents to 44% shooting to rank fifth all-time.
Keith Burke (1968-1970)
Though not as prolific as teammates Ron Austin, Wendell Hart and
Bill Otey, Keith Burke was a significant factor in the Broncos' junior college
success and transition to four-year ball.
Burke helped the Broncos set a school record for scoring with an
astounding 83.3 points per game in
John Coker (1991-1995)
Coker is the #11 scorer in
In the 1993-94 season, Coker blocked an amazing 77 shots, the all-time record by 24. Coker averaged 17.4 points per game that same season, tied for 13th all-time. The following year, he blocked 49, good for fourth in Bronco history.
He led the Broncos in scoring in his junior and senior years, averaging 17.4 and 15.9 respectively. Coker also topped the team in rebounds those two years by averaging 6.8 in 1993-94 and 7.3 the following season and in field goal percentage (57.3% and 52.9% respectively). He was easily the team leader in blocked shots those two years as well by averaging 2.6 and 2.3 rejections.
Coker's hard work was rewarded by Coach Bobby Dye in being named the recipient of the Jeff Foster Memorial Award his senior year. John also made the Big Sky Conference team each of his last two seasons and the All-Tournament team in 1994.
Coker's sophomore team is tied for fifth in wins with 21 and ranks fifth in both free throws with 511 and free throw attempts (712). They are also tied for third in blocked shots with 109. John was the main reason his junior team holds the school record in blocked shots with 143. They also made 848 field goals, tied for fourth all-time and rank second in assists with 520, fourth in rebounds with 1,099 and fifth in steals with 267. Coker's freshman team is second in blocked shots with 119.
Defensively, Coker and the Broncos are fourth in field goal percentage-defense by limiting opponents to 43.6% shooting his junior year.
Coker played for the Idaho Stampede briefly and was with three
different teams in the National Basketball Association:
Greg Dodd (1986-1988)
Dodd was the center on
It was no coincidence that Dodd's two years at
The 1986-87 season was a prelude to the next year. The Broncos set the school record for steals with 344, scored 2,196 points (6th all-time), hit 49.7% of their shots (fourth) and rank third in free throws (544) and second in free-throw attempts (792).
Greg's senior team thrived on defense. They stole 308 balls in 1987-88, 2nd
best in school history. They allowed
just 56.3 points a game, a school record, and set another
Dodd made his presence known immediately, helping
Pat Hoke (1972-1976)
Hoke was a scoring force inside for the Broncos, ranking ninth in
school history with 1,165 points ( 13.5
average). He also is positioned at #5 in
career rebound average with 7.0 and sixth in rebounds with 603. He is the only player ever to play for
Hoke also ranks 8th in field goals (445), ninth in field goal attempts (917), ninth in free throws (275) and 11th in free throw attempts (363).
Pat posted the sixth best average in the record book with a 19.2 points per game performance in 1974-75. The following year, he hit 17.1 points a game to rank 19th. He averaged 8.75 rebounds his junior year, ninth all-time. He got his points form muscling inside, as evidenced by his 169 free-throw attempts his senior year, 10th in school history. Of those, Hoke canned 127, good for ninth all-time.
Hoke led his teams in scoring the last two years and paced the Broncos in field goal percentage his junior year by hitting 185 of 373 attempts for 49.5%.
Hoke and the Broncos grabbed 1,120 rebounds his junior year, sixth
all-time and 1,069 his senior season to rank eighth. The rebound average of 43.1 in 1974-75 ranks
second, while his sophomore year,
Hoke was named to the All-Big Sky Conference team in 1975 and the All-Tournament Team in '76. Pat was a second-team All-Big Sky choice in 1976.
J.D. Huleen (1993-1997)
Huleen set the unusual mark of 89 career three-pointers in his career, far and away the record for centers. Huleen is 13th in that department and 12th in attempts with 276.
He actually led
Huleen and the
Jeff Kelley (1983-1987)
Kelly ranks ninth in Bronco history for field goal percentage. He hit 305 of 551 shots in his career for a 55.4% shooting percentage. Kelly is also seventh all-time in blocked shots with 69.
His best year shooting the ball was his senior year when he connected on 144 of 241 shots for 59.8%. Kelley led the Broncos in blocked shots each of his last two seasons with 22 blocks each year.
The 1986-87 Broncos set a school record with 344 steals. They won 22 games, fourth all-time and scored 2,196 points (6th all-time). They attempted 792 free throws (second), hit 544 of them (third all-time) and shot 49.7% from the field, fourth all-time.
In Jeff's freshman year, the Broncos set a record by allowing just
147 steals by opponents.
Kelly contributed as a freshman for new Coach Bobby Dye and he literally
saw the program transform. They had
finished 10-17 the previous year under Coach Dave Leach, but improved to 15-13
in Jeff's first year. Another winning
season resulted in Jeff's sophomore season (16-13). The Broncos were in the process of rebuilding
the next year (12-16), proven by
Sean McKenna (1975-1979)
He paced Boise State with a 15.7 scoring average and 58.7% field goal percentage (162-276) his senior year.
The '75-76 Broncos set a school record by hitting 559 free throws
and rank second by hitting 72.8% of them.
They also set the school standard with 540 assists.
In McKenna's senior year, the Broncos averaged 37.5 rebounds, sixth all-time. McKenna was honored as a second team All-Big Sky Conference selection that season.
McKenna was part of the Big Sky Championship team his freshman year with an 18-11 record and trip to the NCAA's. The Broncos went 10-16, 13-14 and 11-15 in Sean's last three seasons.
Larry McKinney (1979-1981)
He paced the Broncos both seasons in rebounding, pulling down 8.3 per game his junior year and 7.3 his senior season. He also led the team in field goal percentage his senior year by hitting 181 of 346 for 52.3%.
Dave Richardson (1977-1980)
Phil Rodman (1993-1996)
Rodman did not take a lot of shots, but he made them count. Phil ranks second to only Billy Fikes in career field goal percentage, hitting 210 of 330 for 63.6%. He stands fifth in school history for single season field goal percentage, connecting on 109 of 172 attempts for a sizzling 63.4%.
Rodman helped the Broncos score 848 field goals his sophomore
year, the fifth best total in school history.
The Broncos set an all-time record that year for blocked shots with
143. Defensively, that team held
opponents to 43.6% shooting, fourth all-time.
Rodman was named to the All-Big Sky Conference team as a senior.
Brian Sperry (1986-1989)
Sperry was quite possibly the best sixth man ever for the Bronco basketball team. He provided valuable minutes for starter Greg Dodd—he excelled at defense and rebounding.
In Sperry's first season, the Broncos set the school record for steals with 344, scored 2,196 points (6th all-time), hit 49.7% of their shots (fourth) and rank third in free throws (544) and second in free-throw attempts (792).
Defense was the name of the game the following year.
In Brian's senior year, the Broncos hit 49.6% of their shots,
Sperry's time at
Trever Tillman (1997-2002)
Tillman set a mark that will be tough to beat—he blocked seven
shots in one game (Idaho State on
He blocked 38 shots in both his freshman and senior years, tied for eighth all-time. Tillman led the team in blocks three of the four years, with 32 rejections his senior year being the other time.
In Tillman's junior year, the Broncos scored 2,237 points, sixth all-time. In his freshman year, the Broncos hit 71.9% of their free throws, tied for third. The following year, they had 277 steals, fourth in the record book, and own the third best scoring average defense mark by holding opponents to 61.7 points a game. They also held opponents to 30.0 rebounds per game, second in school history, and 871 rebounds, tied for third all-time.
Steve Wallace (1970-1972)
Wallace had a great hook shot and presence around the rim. He ranks third and fourth in the record books for rebounding average with 11.0 his senior year and 9.8 his junior season.
Wallace ranks eighth in Bronco history in rebounds and second in rebounding average. In two seasons, Steve hauled down 543 rebounds for a superb 10.4 average.