E.J. Boyce became the first boys basketball player from Rocky Mountain High to commit to a Division I program Sunday, when he verbally committed to San Jose State.
Boyce will walk on at San Jose State this season, but the College of Southern Idaho 3-point specialist said the Spartans promised him a scholarship for his junior and senior year.
“Division I always been my dream since I was little,” Boyce said. “That’s why I came to CSI. Out of high school, I didn’t have any Division I scholarship options. …
“I really like (San Jose State coach Dave Wojcik) as a person and as a coach, and I’ve seen what he can do as a coach. The Mountain West is a good conference, and it’ll be really cool to come home and play against Boise State once a year.”
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The 2014 Rocky Mountain grad and son of former Boise State assistant coach Ed Boyce took a redshirt year at CSI, then missed the first seven games of 2015-16 with a stress fracture in his fibula. He started 12-of-24 games last season, averaging 9.6 points and shooting 43.6 percent behind the arc. Of his 174 field goals, 165 were 3-pointers.
He holds the Rocky Mountain school record for career 3-pointers (167) and 3-point percentage (46.6). He’s also tied for second in school history with 643 career points despite only two years on varsity.
San Jose State finished last season shooting 30.8 percent behind the arc, second-to-last in the Mountain West.
“That’s kind of the one piece they’re missing,” Boyce said. “(Wojcik) thinks getting that piece could help them quite a bit. They plan on me coming in and getting minutes right away as a shooter to stretch defenses.”