The Broncos added to their arsenal of shooters Monday when ACC-experienced Lonnie Jackson committed to the program.
Lonnie Jackson, a graduate transfer from Boston College, is immediately eligible to play the 2015-16 season for Boise State. Jackson (6-foot-4) is 10th player in Eagles history with at least 175 3-pointers made. He only played three games last season as a senior because of a leg injury, and obtained a medical hardship, allowing him to play another season.
“It was a no-brainer,” Jackson said of choosing Boise State. “The style of play fits me perfectly, and they have a great team back. To be able to hopefully play right away and contribute, it’s a great opportunity.”
Jackson also considered San Diego State and Rice, he said. He visited Boise over the weekend and said, “I didn’t need to take any other (visits). I didn’t know it was so nice up there with the campus and the city. It was unbelievable.”
Jackson averaged 7.8 points per game during his Boston College career.
He joins a team loaded with shooters — he will be one of four players on the team who have made six or more 3-pointers in a game, along with junior forwards Nick Duncan and James Webb, and senior guard/forward Anthony Drmic. The Broncos were 18th nationally in 3-point percentage last season (39.2).
“They put so many guys out there that have a high basketball IQ, it lets you get easier shots,” Jackson said. “I think of myself as a smart player, too, so I think I can help create plays for the team.”
A native of Valencia, Calif., Jackson said he was looking to play closer to home. He also relied on help from former Boise State forward Ryan Watkins, a former AAU teammate and longtime friend.
“He was a big help, he gave me honest answers. I was able to ask real questions, get good advice. He put in a good word, for sure,” Jackson said.
The Broncos have made the NCAA Tournament two of the last three seasons and are coming off a regular season Mountain West championship.
“That’s a big reason why I’m so excited to play there, because there’s an exciting future ahead and I really want to be a part of it,” said Jackson, who graduates from Boston College later this month with a degree in communications.
Jackson fills the Broncos’ only vacant scholarship for next season. Here is the current roster breakdown:
• Seniors: G/F Anthony Drmic (6-6, 204); C Kevin Allen (6-11, 250); G Mikey Thompson (6-4, 179); G Montigo Alford (5-9, 164); G Lonnie Jackson (6-4, 175); G James Reid (6-3, 200, transfer from Arkansas-Little Rock, will redshirt in 2015-16 as a walk-on)
• Juniors: F James Webb III (6-9, 202); F Nick Duncan (6-8, 245); G Dezmyn Trent (6-4, 206)
• Sophomores: G Chandler Hutchison (6-7, 190); F/C David Wacker (6-10, 238); G Chris Nealey (6-2, 202) - walk-on
• Freshmen: F Zach Haney (6-11, 232); G Paris Austin (5-11, 160); Malek Harwell (6-4, 175)