Aug. 12, 2016
Boise State men's basketball wasted no time making the most of Bronco Basketball in Costa Rica Presented by Taco Bell. After arriving Thursday evening, the Broncos awoke Friday, with their first sight of Costa Rica in the daylight. Breakfast at the hotel was followed immediately by a tour of downtown San Jose, and a doubleheader on the court in the evening.
A bus ride with a history lesson led the Broncos to downtown San Jose, putting the team in the heart of Costa Rica. Highlights of the tour included stops at the National Soccer Stadium, National Cathedral, Central Park and the Artisan Street Market. Arguably the most memorable activity was feeding the pigeons in Central Park.
Chandler Hutchison was the first brave Bronco to open his arms to the birds. Hutchison said he is approaching the trip with an open mind as he continues to mature and better appreciate the opportunities basketball has afforded him. This is Hutchison's second time outside the United States, his first was a family vacation to The Bahamas when he was 7 years old.
Check out the photo gallery above for a look at every stop along the way.
The exhibition games this week will be played under FIBA rules and guidelines. Big men Nick Duncan and Robin Jorch are the Broncos with the most experience playing in FIBA-sanctioned games. Jorch is a four-year member of the German National Team at various youth and junior levels. Duncan represented Australia at the U17 and U19 World Championships, as well as the World University Games. Jorch broke down some of the differences between the international game and the NCAA in a brief interview released on Twitter (@BroncoSportsMBB) prior to tipoff.
Check back for more details after the games.