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
Tanoka chose 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
John Coker (1991-1995)
Coker is the #11
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
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
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, fifth all-time.
Sperry's time at