Beard joins guards Chris Childs and Roberto Bergersen and forwards Arnell Jones and Jason Ellis on the team. All that remains is the five Broncos that will be selected at-large to be on the all-time team.
We salute Tanoka Beard, your choice for Boise State's all-time top center!
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 Boise State history to rank in the top ten for free throws in three different seasons. His sophomore year, he made 148, improved that to 166 the following year and then 168 his senior season. Tanoka is 3-4-5 in that category. Beard also dominates the free throw attempts section with 231 in 1991-92 (2nd), 209 the next year (4th), 205 his sophomore year (5th) and 188 his freshman season (7th).
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 December 29, 1992.
Beard led Boise State in scoring all four seasons of his career, the only player ever to do that. He averaged 13.6 points a game his freshman year, then hit 17.7 as a sophomore, 18.1 as a junior and hit 21.0 his senior year. Tanoka also led the Broncos in rebounding his final three years, averaging 5.0, 7.0 and 7.7 respectively. Keep in mind that he was originally supposed to redshirt but began playing after the season started.
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 Boise State's only three-time all-conference player, chosen to the team in each of his last three seasons. Beard was selected to the Big Sky All-Tournament Team in 1993 and voted the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.
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 Boise State and Coach Dye put hopes on Tanoka's broad shoulders. The Broncos had a 12-15 season that first year. By 1990-91, Beard and the team had greatly matured, and the record surged to 18-11. The Broncos had victories over Gonzaga, Utah State and Pepperdine to their credit and qualified for the National Invitation Tournament.
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 Boise State, capturing the Big Sky Conference Tournament with wins over Weber State and Idaho. The Broncos traveled to Utah to play Vanderbilt but ran into a sharpshooting opponent and were eliminated in the first round.
Tanoka chose to play professional ball in Europe, and his performance there has been nothing short of amazing. During his professional sports career, Tanoka has enjoyed unparalleled success as one of the most powerfully gifted and skilled American players to ever play in Europe. He has been voted to 12 all-star games in 13 seasons, won five MVP awards and six team championships. In those 13 seasons