Guard Pulls The Trigger On Boise State Offer

Dickinson HS SG Joe Hanstad (Dickinson, ND) just recently became the first 2011 commitment for Boise State under new Head Coach Leon Rice. Rice told Hanstad that he could be one of the guys to help turn the program around and get it back on top in the WAC. That was all Joe needed to hear. Hanstad spoke to BroncoCountry.com about his commitment to Boise State and his future as a Bronco.

Dickinson HS SG Joe Hanstad (Dickinson, ND) became the first 2011 commitment for Boise State under new Head Coach Leon Rice. Rice told Hanstad that he could be one of the guys to help to turn the program around it back on top in the WAC. "I just want to be a part of building it into a winning program," he said. "Coach Rice was really excited when I committed," he added.

Leon Rice believes that the basketball program can dominate in the same fashion as the football program. That level of confidence influenced Hanstad's decision to become a Bronco. "He really believes we're going to be really good," he stated. "He's got some really good coaches on his staff. There will be six scholarships in my class and five the year after that. This will be a tight-knit group without too many upperclassmen. Building up the program is going to be real cool."

Hanstad (6'4, 185) hasn't visited Boise State yet. That will change in just a few weeks as a trip is already being planned. "I'm going to Boise in two weeks," he said. "I think it's sometime around May 5th. Every person I've talked to said it's great. I'm just going to get comfortable with the town. I'm a big outdoors guy so I know I'll like it."

Hanstad was in 8th grade when he first met Leon Rice. That familiarity is a reason why Hanstad was offered immediately and a reason why he committed so soon. "He took the job that day and then offered me right after that," he said. "I've known him since 8th grade when I met him at a Reebok Tournament in Vegas. He's an open and honest person. He really sold me on Boise State," Hanstad added.

Joe and his teammates at Dickinson HS have come close to bringing home a state championship. He believes his senior season could finally be that championship year. "I think we'll have a good team. I'm kind of hoping for a state championship," he said. "We took third at state in my freshman and sophomore year. I'm hoping we can take it a step further this year."

Hanstad also held offers from North Dakota State, North Dakota, Montana State, and South Dakota State. He averaged 24 PPG as a junior at Dickinson HS.

BroncoCountry.com will continue to have updates on Joe Hanstad.

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