Expected to be one of the favorites in the Mountain West this season, Boise State’s perimeter ranks have shrunk by one player due to injury. Thursday it was reported by the Idaho Statesman that freshman guard Malek Harwell will redshirt after suffering a torn ACL in practice. Along with fellow freshman Paris Austin, Harwell is expected to be a key part of the Broncos’ future beyond the upcoming season.
Now, instead of competing with an experienced backcourt that includes four redshirt seniors, Harwell will work to get his knee back to full strength for the 2016-17 season.
Among the guards who will play significant minutes this season are Anthony Drmic, who took a medical redshirt last season, Montigo Alford, Mikey Thompson and grad transfer Lonnie Jackson (Boston College). Chandler Hutchison, who started in Boise State’s final 18 games of the 2014-15 season as a freshman, will also compete for playing time.
With four scholarship seniors in their perimeter rotation for the 2015-16 season, defending Mountain West regular season champion Boise State is in a position where they can use some additional depth for the future. Saturday head coach Leon Rice and his staff landed their second commitment in three days, with Colorado native Justinian Jessup announcing that he’s verbally committed to Boise State.
The 6-foot-4 Jessup, who was Class 4A Player of the Year as a junior at Longmont HS, joins another shooting guard in Alex Hobbs in Boise State’s 2016 class to date.
One of the other options Jessup had in his recruitment was to walk on (or join them after a prep year in 2016-17) at Colorado, with the Buffaloes at the time (May) having two perimeter commitments in guards Deleon Brown and Cameron Satterwhite. That situation changed some for Colorado this weekend, as Satterwhite decided to reopen his recruitment, and a possible backup plan for the Buffaloes is now off the table with Jessup committing to Boise State.
Boise State will lose Mikey Thompson, Montigo Alford, Lonnie Jackson and Anthony Drmic at the end of the 2015-15 season, and with the dismissal of Dezmyn Trent the Broncos have a need for additional perimeter options. Having Paris Austin and Malek Harwell, two guards they can build around in the future, on board learning from that experienced group of seniors will help the Broncos but so will their most recent additions.
Below are some highlights from Jessup’s junior season courtesy of Hudl.com.
Thursday afternoon the Boise State basketball program announced that guard Dezmyn Trent had been dismissed from the team due to an “incident in his hometown of Tacoma, Washington.” And according to a report from the Idaho Statesman, the incident in question is a very serious one.
Per the report Trent has been booked on a felony charge of drive-by shooting.
A Lakewood spokesman told the Idaho Statesman that Trent was among four men arrested after shootings at approximately 6 p.m. and 10:45 p.m. Wednesday at an apartment complex. Nearly 30 shots were fired in the alleged incidents, which police believed to be gang-related. No one was injured and no charges have been filed.
The 6-foot-4 Trent didn’t see much playing time last season for the Broncos, who won a share of the Mountain West regular season title and reached the NCAA tournament for the second time in the last three years. Trent played in 11 games in 2014-15, with just one of those appearances (a 50-point win over San Jose State January 21) coming after January 15.
And despite the loss of Mountain West Player of the Year Derrick Marks, finding more playing time appeared to be tough for Trent heading into the 2015-16 season. Anthony Drmic, who missed most of last season due to injury, Mikey Thompson and Montigo Alford are among the returnees, with Boise State also adding grad student Lonnie Jackson (from Boston College) and freshmen Paris Austin and Malek Harwell to the mix on the perimeter.
Trent was suspended for the team’s first three games of the 2014-15 season due to a violation of team rules.