Hardwood Woes Not Due To Lack Of Talent

When you look up and down the men's basketball roster at Boise State, you see talent in nearly every area. Although the team is mired in a four-game slump, it isn't for lack of talent. The statistics bear that out.

The Boise State men's basketball team is going through a rough stretch, having lost four consecutive games for one of the only times in its history.  This follows a four-game winning streak!  The Broncos are currently 11-8 this season and face a must-win situation at San Jose State tonight.  

The Broncos' woes are certainly not because of a lack of talent.  Many of the current Boise State players are landing in the all-time record book.  

Ike Okoye is headed for the top five all-time at Boise State in blocked shots.  He entered this season tied for 10th with Billy Fikes (1990-1992) and Richard Morgan (1998-2002) with 60 career blocks.  Okoye already has 30 this season, leaving him 13 short of Jason Ellis for fifth.   

Okoye is on pace to tie all-time great Tanoka Beard for 10th place at Boise State in rebounding average.  Okoye has 332 rebounds in 49 career games (6.1 average).  He is also on track to land at 10th place in career field goal percentage. Jeff Kelly averaged 55.4% shooting (305 of 551 attempts) from 1983-1987.  Okoye is currently 210-387 for 56.3%.  

Should Okoye improve his percentage down the stretch, he could topple Dave Richardson and Sean McKenna from eighth and ninth place, respectively.  Richardson hit 254 of 448 attempts (56.69%) from 1977-1980 while McKenna connected on 276 of 487 attempts (56.67%) from 1975-1979.  

Kurt Cunningham is shooting an even better percentage than Okoye.  Cunningham is 262-439 (59.7%) for his Bronco career.  That sizzling percentage would rank fifth all-time at Boise State , ahead of Danny Jones (406-684 for 59.4% from 1975-1978), Beard (676-1,151 for 58.7% from 1989-1993 and Bruce Bolden (358-624 for 57.4% from 1981-1985).   

Cunningham is in range of #2 Phil Rodman.  Rodman hit 210 of 330 attempts (63.6%) from 1993-1996 for the Broncos, while Matt  Nelson concluded his great career last season with a percentage of 61.5% for third and Arnell Jones hit 59.4% from 1986-1988.  Billy Fikes' record of 70.1% (249-355) from 1990-1992 is so incredible it may never be broken.  

Anthony Thomas needs just 116 points to become the 19th member o the 1,000-points club at Boise State .  The popular guard has 884 with a minimum of 14 games remaining (15 if the Broncos reach the Western Athletic Conference Tournament).  Thomas needs to average a little over seven points a game down the stretch to reach the elite group.  

Thomas has 149 career steals—he has passed Mike Tolman (145), Roberto Bergersen (138), Rawn Hayes (132) and Damon Archibald (129) with 22 steals this season.  Thomas is currently fifth all-time behind Chris Childs (215), Doug Usitalo (185), Gerry Washington (179) and Bolden (151).  

"A-T" also has an outside shot at #5 in career assists at Boise State .  He has 56 thus far giving him 291 in his career.  Thomas has already passed Doug Usitalo's two-year total of 275, Booker Nabors (249 from 2000-2004), C.J. Williams (249 from 1998-2003) and Eric Lane (246 from 2003-2007) and sits in seventh place.  Bryan Defares (298 from 2000-2004) is #6 all-time while Joe Skiffer (343 from 1999-2004) is in fifth.  

Thomas now has 119 three-pointers in his four-year career.  Thomas passed Joe Wyatt (1995-1997) for 10th place.  Directly in front of Anthony are #9 Brian King (120 treys from 1987-1990) and Tyler Tiedeman, who finished his four-year career in 2008 with 129.  

Anthony also has 339 career three-point attempts, passing Booker Nabors, who had 332 from 2000-2004, Lance Vaughn, who launched 320 tries from 1989-1993 and Wyatt, who had 307 from 1995-1997.  Bergersen holds down the #6 slot with 407 while Childs had 386 attempts from 1985-1989.  

Thomas also tied Steve Shepherd for eighth place in the Louisiana Tech game when he played game #114.  Cunningham is tied with Morgan and Washington for 10th with 113 career games.  

Paul Noonan is in range of the three-point record book as well.  The sharpshooter now has 106 career treys, 14 shy of Brian King for 10th place.  He is just six attempts short of 10th place.  

Both Noonan (106-301 for 35.2%) and Thomas (119-339 for 35.1%) can reach the top ten for three-point accuracy with a good finish.  Washington nailed 38.3% of his attempts (184-480) for 10th place all-time.  

But Noonan's most impressive accomplishment is his remarkable free-throw shooting.  The Bronco with ice in his veins at the line is 122-145 in his career for 84.14%.  Going by percentage along, that free-throw percentage would shatter the school record held by Bergersen (253-312 for 80.8%).  Unfortunately for Noonan, the category requires a minimum of two attempts per game.  Noonan has played in 80 games thus far, leaving him 15 attempts shy of being eligible!



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