July 4, 2017
DENVER - Boise State men's basketball alumnus Thomas Bropleh will play with the Denver Nuggets at the 2017 NBA Summer League in Las Vegas, the team announced Friday. Bropleh and the Nuggets will play July 7-17, at Cox Pavilion and Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of UNLV.
Bropleh, a Denver native, returned home from Spain June 1, where he completed his most recent season playing professionally overseas. He began working out with the Nuggets June 5, participating in weights, conditioning and five-on-five drills. He learned at the end of the month he would be part of the summer league roster and is currently participating in the team's mini-camp.
"I have no idea what to expect out of this opportunity," said Bropleh. "Whatever comes of it, it's good to be a part of an NBA franchise and I've worked hard to get this opportunity."
After finishing his Boise State career in 2014, Bropleh took his game to Germany. In 2015 he was drafted by the Texas Legends of the NBA D-League. The 6-foot-5 guard also played in Portugal before his most recent season in Spain's second division. He is one of 15 Boise State men's basketball student-athletes during the Leon Rice era to go on to a professional basketball career.
"My game has improved because playing overseas is high-level basketball against men," Bropleh said. "My biggest improvement has definitely been on the defensive end. I use my post up more and I'm more confident in pick-and-roll situations, but overall just been improving all facets of my game.
Denver opens play July 7, against Houston before taking on Minnesota and Toronto. A single-elimination tournament follows for the 24 teams attending. Each team is guaranteed five games. All 67 games of the Las Vegas Summer League will be televised or streamed by ESPN and NBA TV.