With basketball season around the corner and professional leagues both here in the United States and around the world getting started, BroncoSports.com took a look at Boise State men's basketball alumni who are currently playing professional basketball.
As of early October 2018, there are 18 former Broncos that will play professionally in the upcoming 2018-19 season. Those 18 players represent 16 leagues and 13 countries across the world.
See below for brief synopses on all 18 players…
Name | Last Year at Boise State – Professional Team (Country – League)
Chandler Hutchison | '18 – Chicago Bulls (NBA)
After becoming the first Bronco to lead a team in points (20.0 ppg), rebounds (7.7 rpg), assists (3.5 apg) and steals (1.5 spg) in 2017-18, Hutchison broke another barrier by becoming the first first-round pick in program history after being selected 22nd by the Chicago Bulls in the 2018 NBA Draft. The back-to-back All-Mountain West First Team selection was the seventh Bronco to ever be taken in the NBA Draft, joining: Roberto Bergersen (1999), Vince Hinchen (1984), Larry McKinney (1981), Steve Connor (1978), Clyde Dickey (1974) and Bill Otey (1970). Currently playing in the preseason, Hutchison and the Bulls will open the season, Thursday, Oct. 18, on the road against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Chris Sengfelder | '18 – Basketball Braunschweig (Germany – BBL)
Despite playing just one season as a Bronco, Sengfelder made a huge impact in Boise in 2017-18, averaging 11.8 points and 6.6 rebounds per game as a starter in all 32 games. He was named to the 2017 Puerto Rico Tip-Off at Myrtle Beach All-Tournament Team and finished his senior campaign with three double-doubles. Sengfelder will return to his native country and play for Basketball Braunschweig in the BBL – the highest level of professional basketball in Germany.
Lexus Williams | '18 – To Be Determined
Williams' half-court heave against the Ducks was undoubtedly the play of the year for the Broncos in 2017-18, but the point guard's one season at Boise State was so much more than the game winner against the Ducks. He started in all 32 games while averaging 9.5 points, consisting providing big plays to help the team to another 20-win season at 23-9. Williams still is undecided as to where exactly he will play professionally.
Montigo Alford | '16 – San Diego Waves (United States – TBL)
Averaged 4.1 points and 1.4 assists per game over the course of his Boise State career from 2014-16 after joining the team from College of Southern Idaho. Alford will play in a league here in the United States which was formerly known as the North America Premier Basketball League (NABP), but is now known as The Basketball League (TBL) since last season. After beginning with eight franchises, the San Diego Waves will be one of four added franchises for the upcoming 2018-19 season.
Anthony Drmic | '16 – Adelaide 36ers (Australia - NBL)
The school's No. 2 all-time scorer (2011-16) thanks to 1,942 points and a four-time All-Mountain West selection, Drmic has been exceptional in his first two years back in his home country with the Adelaide 36ers. He was named the 2016-17 NBL Rookie of the year after leading all rookies in scoring and rebounding. The 2017-18 campaign saw him average 6.6 points per game, helping the 36ers to the Grand Final Series. Drmic recently signed a two-year contract extension and will remain with the club until at least 2020.
Mikey Thompson | '16 – Sluneta Usti Nad Labem (Czech Republic - NBL)
A four-year contributor for the Broncos from 2012-16, Thompson is the No. 16 scorer in Boise State history with 1,138 points and has found success in his first two seasons playing overseas. He began his career with Sluneta Usti nad Labem in 2016-17 and will once again play another season in 2018-19 with the same club. He was a regular starter averaging 14.8 points per game with Sluneta before, and once again projects to be a key part of this year's team.
James Webb III | '16 – Telekom Baskets Bonn (Germany - BBL)
Webb III has been a mainstay in the G League and NBA over the past two seasons, playing with Delaware 87ers and Long Island Nets along with logging minutes in 10 games for the Brooklyn Nets in 2017-18. After playing with the Nets during the 2018 NBA Summer League, Webb III has recently moved to Germany and will play for Telekom Baskets Bonn in the BBL. The athletic forward was sensational in his two years with the Broncos, earning All-Mountain West honors in both his redshirt sophomore and junior seasons.
Rob Heyer | '15 – South Bay Lakers (G League)
After being a key component of the Broncos' 2014-15 season that saw them make the NCAA Tournament, Heyer took his talents to Australia and played with Latrobe Basketball in the Australia NWBU. He stayed in the country but moved leagues to the SEABL and played with the Hobart Chargers in 2016-17, averaging 16.7 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. He then made the jump back to the States and played in the G League with the South Bay Lakers in 2017-18 where he shot 43 percent from behind the arc. He will play with the Los Angeles Lakers' affiliate once again this season.
Iggy Hadziomerovic | '15 – Sandringham Sabres (Australia State League)
Like Drmic, Hadziomerovic returned to his home country upon graduation after finishing his Boise State career (2011-15) as a career 500-point scorer. He played for Melbourne United in the NBL his first season while also spending some time in Spain playing with Saenz Horeca Araberri in the LEB Gold. The versatile guard returned to Australia in 2017 and joined his current club – Sandringham – where he averaged 13.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists for the Sabres last season.
Derrick Marks | '15 – Manisa Buyuksehir Belediye (Turkey - TBL)
Another Bronco legend, Marks' 1,912 points from 2011-15 ranks No. 4 in program history while he is also the only Boise State men's basketball player to ever earn All-America honors (AP Honorable Mention – 2015). Marks played his first two seasons of professional ball with Bertram Tortona in the Legadue Gold (Italy) where he averaged over 15 points a game. The 2017-18 season saw him play in Germany with the Crailsheim Merlins. Now in Turkey, Marks will be playing with Manisa Buyuksehir Belediye this coming season.
Thomas Bropleh | '14 – Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla (Spain – LEB Gold)
A Bronco ironman (played in 128 collegiate games – tied for sixth most in program history), Bropleh has found success in various professional leagues. He first played with Uni Baskets Paderborn in the German Pro A League during the 2014-15 season and averaged 15.9 points per game over the course of 30 games. He returned home to the United States in 2015-16 and suited up with the G League's Texas Legends before returning to Europe in 2016-17, playing with Cafes Candelas Breogan (LEB Gold) and FC Porto Ferpinta (LPB) in Spain and Portugal, respectively. Bropleh played for Denain ASC Voltaire in France last season and will return to Spain this coming season and play with Real Betis Energia Plus Sevilla in Spain's LEB Gold.
Ryan Watkins | '14 – Macau Blackbears (China - ABL)
The No. 2 career rebounder in school history (814 rebounds) has made a name for himself internationally, as Watkins is getting ready for his fifth professional season. He played with Aris Leeuwarden (2014-15) in the Netherlands DBL where he averaged a double-double, hauling in 10.2 rebounds per game to with 15.1 points per game. He then moved to Hungary and played for Atomeromu SE and Naturtex-SZTE-Szedeak in 2015-16, eventually returning to Atomeromu SE in 2016-17. Watkins stayed in the NBIA and moved to Sopron KC last season – averaging 16.7 points and 10.9 rebounds per game – before announcing his intentions to play in the China ABL with the Macau Blackbears this coming season.
Tre Nichols | '12 – Banijas Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates - D1)
A talented scorer who played for the Broncos from 2010-12, Nichols has done well for himself in recent years. He played in the SBL in Australia with the South West Slammers from 2014-17. There, he has been named an all-star in each of the three seasons and was the league's leading scorer in 2016. The 2016-17 campaign saw him average 25.3 points per game as he was a finalist for league MVP. Last season, however, an opportunity arose for Nichols to play in the top league in Saudi Arabia with Ohud Medina. This season he will move slightly east and play for Banijas Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.
La'Shard Anderson | '11 – Rotterdam Challengers (Netherlands - Eredivisie)
An NABC All-District and All-WAC selection in 2011, Anderson scored 527 points his senior season – the 12th-most single-season points in program history. He moved to Belgium upon graduation and played with Optima Gent in the BSL. Beginning in 2013-14, Anderson made the move to Netherlands and joined Rotterdam where he has become a mainstay with the Challengers. His most successful season was 2016-17 where he averaged 20.7 points over the course of 18 games. 2018-19 will be his fifth season with Rotterdam.
Reggie Arnold | '11 – JDA Dijon Bourgogne (France - ProA)
Another journeyman in regards to playing in different professional leagues around the world, Arnold's success will come as no surprise to Bronco fans, as he was a 400-point scorer (431) in his final season wearing the Blue and Orange. After spending 2011-13 in Austria with Allianz Swans Gmuden, Arnold moved to Finland from 2013-15 where competed in the Finnish Korisliiga – the top league in Finland. 2015-16 saw him play in Belgium with Belfius Mons-Hainaut while the 2016-17 campaign featured a season in Greece with Rehtymno. Now in France, this will be his second-straight season in the Jeep Elite League. Most impressively, however, is that the eight-year pro has averaged double-digit points in every one of his professional seasons.
Ike Okoye | '10 – Caballos De Cocle Aguadulce (Panama - LPB)
Okoye was a skilled big man for the Broncos who is mentioned throughout multiple Broncos top-10 lists in regards to rebounds, blocks and points. He first played for Tallina Ulikool/Kalev in Estonia from 2012-13 and had his best professional year averaging roughly 15 points per game. Sammic ISB was his landing spot in 2013-14 as he played in Spain's LEB Silver League. He moved up to the LEB Gold League in 2015-16 with Quesos Cerrato de Palencia before moving to South America to continue his professional career. Last season he played in Argentina and Mexico with Abejas and Penarol, respectively.
Reggie Larry | '08 – Libertadores De Queretaro (Mexico - LNBP)
Larry has had one of longest professional runs for any Bronco alum after leading the Broncos to the WAC Tournament title in 2008 where he was also named the tournament's MVP. After playing in Brunei, The Philippines and Spain from 2008-11, Larry returned to the states and competed in the NBA Developmental League for the Idaho Stampede (2011-13) and Reno Bighorns (2013-14). He has gone back to international pro ball in the last four seasons and will play with Libertadores De Queretaro in Mexico in what will be his 11th professional season.
Aaron Haynes | '04 – Seoul SK Knights (South Korea - KBL)
Now 37 years young, Haynes takes the cake for the longest tenured current professional player after graduating in Boise State in 2004. He was a 400-point scorer in both his junior and senior seasons, but has cemented quite the legacy as a pro in South Korea. After playing in Finland, Sweden, Lebanon, United Arab Emirates and Qatar, Haynes eventually took his talents to South Korea where he has played for the last 10 seasons. The 2011-12 season was a prolific one for him as he averaged 27.6 points for the Changwon LG Sakers. He played for his current SK Knights team from 2012-15 before leaving to play with the Goyang Orions from 2015-17. Haynes returned to Seoul last season and will play there again in 2018-19.