6-foot-9 Texas center commits to Boise State

David Wacker, one of the top posts in the Class of 2014, turned down Boston College, Colorado, several other schools.

dsouthorn@idahostatesman.comSeptember 17, 2013 

Sorting between potential college destinations from coast to coast, David Wacker found his perfect fit in Boise State, he said.

Wacker, from Judson High in Converse, Texas, was long on top of Boise State’s recruiting wishlist. With coach Leon Rice in his home Monday night, Wacker decided to commit to the Broncos.

"I wanted to go to a situation where I was wanted and needed on a team that could win their conference," Wacker said. "And it's a great staff that I think matches my personality. Boise State checked off all the boxes from a basketball standpoint."

With offers from Cal Poly to Boston College, the 210-pound Wacker plans to sign in November. He is expected to join the Broncos in 2014-15 as one of the most highly-recruited signees in recent years, turning down interest from the ACC, SEC, Pac-12, Big 12 and Mountain West (New Mexico was a potential suitor).

Wacker said he had a final five of Boise State, Nebraska, Saint Louis, Colorado and Western Kentucky. He said a visit to Boise the weekend of Sept. 6-8 had the Broncos firmly in the lead before he hosted the head coaches from his other favorites last week.

“Not many top 25 programs have a situation like Boise State. It’s a real family atmosphere with the team, a lot of high-character people, a beautiful place to live and the fan support is unreal,’’ Wacker said.

Playing for his father, Mike, a former University of Texas standout, Wacker averaged 12 points and 10 rebounds as a junior. He is ranked as the No. 21 center nationally by Scout.com. Rice’s hiring of four-time Texas high school state champion coach Danny Henderson appears to be paying dividends. In April, Rice told the Statesman he was pursuing “high-end’’ recruits in Texas, and seemingly has found one in Wacker.

“They were recruiting me really hard, told me I was their No. 1 guy. I see myself as a high-energy person like coach Rice ... so the staff is a great fit,’’ Wacker said.

With Boise State center Ryan Watkins a senior in 2013-14, Wacker will have plenty of opportunity to contribute immediately. He noted he’s already looking forward to playing with scorers like Derrick Marks, Anthony Drmic and Mikey Thompson his first season.

BSU-Idaho: The rivals will meet Nov. 27, the night before Thanksgiving, at CenturyLink Arena in Downtown Boise. The Broncos beat the Vandals 78-68 at CenturyLink last December.

Dave Southorn: 377-6420, Twitter: @IDS_Southorn

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