Wait, what? Basketball previews? Yes, basketball previews. Don't worry, we won't tread on Drew's turf and do a countdown. Friday marks the tip-off (not kickoff) to the 2013-2014 Men's Basketball season. Coach Rice's team has unprecedented expectations heading into the season and it's our job here at OBNUG to get you primed for the upcoming season. Today, we highlight a few newcomers and vets who will make up the stable of able-bodied uber-athletes who will give Drmic, Marks, & Co. a run for their money.
#22 | Robert Heyer | Guard/Forward
Hometown: Worland, Wyoming
Last School: Texas-Permian Basin
How he got to BSU: Heyer took a roundabout way to Boise State. After he graduated from Worland High, Heyer spent two years at Sheridan Junior College where he averaged 11.3 points as a sophomore. He then transferred to UTPB, a NCAA Division II school, where he averaged 9.9 points as a junior. Expect him to redshirt this year and be part of the rotation in 2014-2015.
Nickname: The Cowboy
Childhood cartoon character: Yosemite Sam. Is there a more iconic cowboy?
#14 | Chris Nealey | Guard
Hometown: Newport Beach, California
Last School: Mater Dei High School
How he got to BSU: A walk-on from basketball powerhouse and back-to-back-to-back California State Champ Mater Dei High. Expect some praise for his defensive tenacity.
Childhood cartoon character: Johnny Bravo, specifically for his finally groomed hair.
#23 | James Webb III | Forward
Hometown: Augusta, Georgia
Last School: North Idaho College
How he got to BSU: Originally recruited by Coach Rice out of high school, Webb III needed to hone his skills up in Coeur D'Alene first. A high-flyer, Webb III will be an athletic slasher the team was missing last year.
Childhood cartoon character: Earthworm Jim
#20 | Joey Nebeker | Forward
Year: RS Freshman
Hometown: Melba, Idaho
Last School: Melba High School
Season Outlook: For what I hear, Nebeker looks solid. Although, I don't know if it'll be good enough to contribute to this experienced team.
Childhood cartoon character: Darkwing Duck... because he's a hero and will make a name for basketball players from the state of Idaho.
#34 | Jake Ness | Forward
Hometown: Coeur D'Alene, Idaho
Last School: Billings West High School
Season Outlook: Ness played some valuable minutes last year when suspensions and fouls took their toll on the lineup. While many minutes may not be in Ness' future this season, expect the same, solid play he gave last year if the need presents itself.
Childhood cartoon character: Doug...
Doug is the title character, a shy, somewhat clumsy, gullible, naïve, 11½ year old boy with an enormous heart, a large imagination, a talent for writing, and a love for music
... seems right.
#21 | Edmunds Dukulis | Forward
Hometown: Riga, Latvia
Last School: Riga Secondary School
Season Outlook: If Dukulis had been available last season (Thanks a lot NCAA), he would have played major minutes, especially when Kenny Buckner was suspended for three games mid-season. But, he was able to take a year to refine his skills and bulk up which will pay big dividends this year.
Nickname: Dukey... Just kidding... seeing if you were paying attention. Baby Biedriņš
Childhood cartoon character: Troy McClure... because I miss him.