Alex Hobbs made his first trek to Boise last weekend on an official visit. There, he said he was impressed with the campus, the people, the "beautiful" city, his potential future Boise State men's basketball teammates and coaches.
"The accumulation of that was exactly what I wanted," Hobbs said.
On Wednesday night, Hobbs, a shooting guard from La Porte (Texas) High, became the first known verbal commitment of the Broncos' 2016-17 class. He expects to sign with the Broncos in November.
Hobbs (6-foot-4, 185 pounds) averaged 27.0 points and 8.5 rebounds per game last season. He had more than a dozen Division I offers, cutting his list down to a final eight that included Baylor, Butler, Houston, Oklahoma, Texas A&M, San Diego State and Wake Forest in addition to Boise State, he said.
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"My whole thing was to be patient, but not procrastinate, I had to make the smartest choice for myself, and I really feel like I have," Hobbs said. "I think I can come in there immediately and get some good minutes."
Boise State's offensive style "is a great fit," Hobbs said, with its up and down tempo that rewards strong shooters while also playing a solid brand of defense. A shooting guard most of his life, he often has been given the ball late in games, so he said Boise State sees him being a combo guard, able to switch to point guard as necessary.
With the commitment made, Hobbs is eager to focus on his senior year.
"I've had some personal accolades, that’s good and all, but you're not a real competitor if you are fine with that a state championship, a deep playoff run, that'd be nice," he said.
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