Men's Basketball

Rice and Staff Ink Five on Signing Day

BOISE, Idaho – Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced the signing of five student-athletes to National Letters of Intent, Thursday.

Four student-athletes from all over the country, and one from Australia, are slated to join the Broncos for the 2011-12 season.

“Our coaching staff did a tremendous job scouring the country and the world to find good fits for this program. The number one thing we got with this class is a desire to get better,” Rice said. “This is a high-character, talented group, but they all want to get better. That is what makes or breaks a recruiting class in the long run.

“I think we signed a group of student-athletes that want to come in and work to improve. They’re not satisfied with where they are. That coincides with what we’re trying to do here, and they’ve all bought into that. They are tough kids with great families and great character, but their desire to get better is the thing that stands out in this class.”

Information on each of the signees follows:

A 6-foot-6, 200-pound guard/forward from Endeavour Hills, Victoria, Australia, Anthony Drmic has spent the last two years at the Australian Institute of Sport. Drmic averaged 15 points, five rebounds and four assists per game last season playing for the government-run program.

Drmic also led the U19 Australian National Team to the title at the Albert Schweitzer Games in Germany, and will be leading the squad at the World Championships in Latvia in summer 2011.

Coach Rice on Drmic…
“Anthony is a versatile player with international experience, and he’s a little bit older so he is not your prototypical freshman. He has a knack for scoring a lot of different ways, and he has a mental toughness about him and a maturity to his game.”

Darrious Hamilton, a 6-9, 239-pound forward from San Antonio, Texas, averaged 8.6 points, 11.1 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 4.5 blocks per game for Reagan High School before transferring to Antonian College Prep during his junior season. In his second game with the Apaches this season, Hamilton scored 22 points and pulled down 22 rebounds.

As a sophomore Hamilton led his squad to the Bi-District Championship while averaging a double-double (13.2 points, 10.3 rebounds) in addition to 4.0 blocks and 2.1 assists per game. As a freshman Hamilton helped lead Reagan to the district championship.

Coach Rice on Hamilton…
“Darrious oozes with potential, and he’s just starting to come into his body. He has athleticism and skill, and he has great hands and great feet. He’s a young senior, and with all of those factors coming together we saw a ton of potential.”

A 6-4, 190-pound guard from Dickinson, N.D., Joe Hanstad averaged 23.2 points per game to lead the Western Dakota Association as a junior in 2009-10, and his 7.2 rebound-per-game average for Dickinson High School ranked third in the league. The team captain has already broken his high school’s scoring record – a record that had stood for 45 years – and his 1,585 career points ranks eighth all-time in North Dakota Class A history. He is just 410 points shy of breaking former Kansas Jayhawk Jeff Boschee’s state record.

Hanstad was also named North Dakota’s Gatorade Player of the Year as a sophomore after averaging 26.8 points, 7.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game. He has garnered his team’s most valuable player and defensive player of the year awards each of the last two seasons, and he has also earned first-team all-state honors two-straight years and All-WDA Conference honors in each of his three seasons. As a freshman, Hanstad averaged 14 points and 3.2 assists per game en route to rookie of the year honors.

Coach Rice on Hanstad…
“Joe has a natural ability to score, and he has a tremendous work ethic for a kid his age. He understands how hard you have to work to be a great player, and he is already a great shooter. His best quality though, is his work ethic.”

Derrick Marks, a 6-3, 190-pound guard out of Joliet, Ill., was a unanimous All-Southwest Prairie Conference selection last season after averaging 17.5 points, four rebounds, three steals and three assists per game for Plainfield Central High School.

Marks also garnered first-team all-area honors from three different newspapers and was named all-state honorable mention after leading the Wildcats to a 20-8 record.

Coach Rice on Marks…
“Derrick is an explosive, strong, physical guard. He’s a hard-nosed slasher and a great competitor. I think he’s one of those players that will get better and better because of his God-given ability and his hunger to learn.”


A 6-3, 175-pound guard from Las Vegas, Nev., Mikey Thompson was named the Northeast Division’s Most Valuable Player following his junior season at Canyon Springs High School. Thompson averaged 17 points, five rebounds, four assists and three steals per game en route to also garnering first-team all-region and second-team all-state accolades. Thompson helped lead his squad to a runner-up finish at the state championship and a 26-4 record.

As a sophomore Thompson was named second-team all-league after helping lead the Pioneers to a 19-9 record. He averaged 14 points, four rebounds, three assists and two steals per game.

Coach Rice on Thompson…
“Mikey is a slashing, get-to-the-rim guy, but he also has a deceptive first step. He can play multiple positions and he has really good athleticism. He comes from a basketball family and a winning program, which is definitely something that can help a program.”
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