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Boise State men’s basketball forward James Webb III to sign with agent, college career over

Boise State men’s basketball forward James Webb III drives against Nevada on Feb. 28 at Taco Bell Arena. Webb said Wednesday he will sign with an agent, ending his college career.
Boise State men’s basketball forward James Webb III drives against Nevada on Feb. 28 at Taco Bell Arena. Webb said Wednesday he will sign with an agent, ending his college career.

Boise State junior forward James Webb III, who declared for the NBA Draft last month, will hire an agent, thus ending his college career.

Webb initially declared March 27, but did not immediately hire an agent, potentially taking advantage of a new NCAA rule that allows players to test the draft waters. Players can declare for the draft and take part in the NBA combine, if invited, but can remove their names in late May before June's draft. That’s if they don’t hire an agent, but Webb hired Charles Briscoe of Briscoe Sports Management on Wednesday.

“I felt like it was the best decision,” Webb said in a statement. “I felt like it was time to move on.”

Webb averaged 13.5 points and 8.6 rebounds per game in his two seasons at Boise State after transferring from North Idaho College. He was a First-Team All-Mountain West selection as a junior, averaging 15.8 ppg and 9.1 rpg. Webb shot 24.8 percent from 3-point range as a junior after hitting 40.9 percent as a sophomore.

The Vertical first reported the news, quoting Webb, who said: “I felt ready to commit myself to the NBA draft and was confident with the success I had at Boise State. I’m ready to take the next step in my life and I'm hoping to show teams that I’m always getting better. I think my work ethic will be the most important thing to show teams, but I also need to show them I can shoot well because that has been the biggest knock so far.”

The NBA Draft will take place June 23. Boise State has had just one player taken in the draft since 1984 — Roberto Bergersen in 1999 (second round, 52nd overall to Atlanta).

Boise State now must replace its top three scorers with Webb’s departure and the graduations of Anthony Drmic and Mikey Thompson. The Broncos have three open scholarships. Senior guard James Reid, who joined the team last summer as a walk-on after transferring from Arkansas-Little Rock, was put on scholarship in January.

Here is a look at how the Broncos’ 2016-17 roster looks as of Wednesday:

Seniors

G James Reid (6-3, 200) - redshirted 2015-16, 7.9 ppg, 34.7 percent 3-point shooting in 2014-15 at UALR

F Nick Duncan (6-8, 260) - 11.6 ppg, 4.2 rpg, 35 percent 3-point shooting (62-177)

Juniors

G Chandler Hutchison (6-7, 193) - 6.8 ppg, 4.1 rpg, scored in double figures seven times first 18 games, once in final 13

Sophomores

F Zach Haney (6-11, 230) - 3.1 ppg, 2.0 rpg in 8.9 minutes per game

C Robin Jorch (6-10, 250) - 1.9 ppg, 0.8 rpg; made seven starts

G Paris Austin (5-11, 180) - 4.1 ppg, 35:22 assist to turnover ratio; played strong late with 30 points in final four games

C David Wacker (6-10, 233) - has played parts of two seasons, but expected to get medical redshirt

Freshmen

G Malek Harwell (6-4, 190) - redshirted last season after tearing ACL in preseason practice

G Cody Spjute (6-4, 195) - redshirted last season; walk-on

G Collin Landry (6-3, 180) - redshirted last season; walk-on

G Alex Hobbs (6-4, 180) - signed in November; among top 25 scorers in the nation with 30.9 ppg last season for La Porte (Texas) High

G Justinian Jessup (6-5, 185) - signed in November; averaged 18.3 ppg for Longmont (Colo.) High, named all-state by Denver Post

*Broncos have three open scholarships

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