Melba High graduate Joey Nebeker, who did not have his scholarship renewed at Boise State last month, has signed with College of Idaho, the school announced Monday.
Nebeker, a 6-foot-7 forward, was a member of the Boise State team the last two seasons. He redshirted in 2012-13 and played sparingly in 2013-14. He played in 10 games off the bench, totaling 28 minutes.
"I am excited to continue my basketball career at the College of Idaho," Nebeker said in a statement released by C of I. "I am looking forward to playing in front of my family and all of the local support."
College of Idaho won the Cascade Conference regular-season and conference tournament titles in 2014. The Yotes reached No. 2 in the NAIA Division II national polls under first-year coach Scott Garson.
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"We are very excited to welcome Joey Nebeker to the C of I campus and the Yotes basketball family," Garson said. "He will be an incredible addition to our program and the student body as a whole."
Nebeker was the 2011-12 Gatorade Player of the Year for Idaho. He was a four-year starter at Melba and led the program to three consecutive state tournaments. "We are excited to have one of the best local talents in recent years coming to the College of Idaho,” Garson said. "Joey is an outstanding ball player that will make us better and is an even better person. Being able to sign a player the quality of Joey Nebeker speaks volumes to where the Coyote men’s basketball program has grown in the past season-plus."
Nebeker planned to return to the Boise State team — and hoped to see an expanded role with the departures of Jeff Elorriaga and Thomas Bropleh. But his year-to-year scholarship was not renewed.
"It definitely caught me off guard. I got pulled out of lifting weights and was told I wouldn’t be part of the team. It’s very difficult to handle," Nebeker told the Statesman on April 23. "I thought I’d be here for five years. I feel a little cheated."
Nebeker said he "didn’t have much of an opportunity to show my abilities."
"There’s not a doubt in my mind I wanted to be back," Nebeker told the Statesman. "I was told I’d get an opportunity to prove myself next season, but I won’t be getting it."