There was no drama for the Boise State men’s basketball team on the first day of the early signing period.
All three members of the Broncos’ 2020 recruiting class signed National Letters of Intent as expected, allowing coach Leon Rice to officially introduce them Wednesday.
Guard Kasean Pryor (Ann Arbor, Michigan) and center Burke Smith (Glen Allen, Virginia) will join the Broncos as freshmen next season, while Burley High’s Jace Whiting plans to serve a two-year church mission and enroll at Boise State in the fall of 2022.
“We are really excited about the talent level of this class,” Rice said in a press release. “We were able to bring in three highly skilled young guys at all different positions. My staff deserves a lot of credit for searching high and low, near and far for the right guys to bring in.
“It is also a testament to what we’ve been building here that talented players all across the country view Boise State basketball as a destination.”
School: Trinity Episcopal (Richmond, Virginia)
Coach’s comment: “He’s a very skilled player who can shoot, dribble and pass really well, especially for a kid who is nearly 7 feet tall,” Trinity Episcopal coach Richard Hamlin said.
Leon Rice on Smith: “Burke is extremely skilled for his size and age. Our program has always looked for skilled bigs to play our style, and he does three things at a really advanced level that fit that mold: he shoots with range, he puts the ball on the floor and is a very good passer. With his love for the game and outstanding work ethic, he has a bright future at Boise State.”
Notes: In his first three seasons at Trinity Episcopal, the Titans went a combined 81-15 and won three Virginia Prep League titles. ... Smith averaged 13 points and seven rebounds as a junior, earning All-VPL recognition. ... He had offers from at least 15 other schools in addition to Boise State. ... He plays for Team Richmond Garner Road Elite on the club circuit. ... According to 247Sports.com, Smith is a three-star prospect and the No. 15 overall player in Virginia.
School: Pioneer High (Ann Arbor, Mich.) and Link Year Prep (Branson, Missouri)
Coach’s comment: “He has a very high ceiling. He is further away from his ceiling than most kids his age simply because he has grown so much so late. I’m not convinced he is done growing, either. I don’t think he realizes how good he is. At times, I think he can be more of a force and more aggressive. He has a wide range of skill sets and will be, in my opinion, a stretch-four at the college level. At what level? Obviously, he is getting DI offers right now. I would say low to mid-major is his floor, and who knows where his ceiling is once he fills out. He just needs to get more comfortable in his body,” Pioneer coach Rich Marion told MichiganLive.com in January.
Leon Rice on Pryor: “Kasean is a long, athletic wing with huge upside. He has a great combination of skill and feel not often seen in players his size. His game and body type is in the mold of James Webb and Derrick Alston, and he will be a tremendous fit in our system.”
Notes: Pryor grew more than 8 inches over a period of two years, according to Mlive.com. ... To aid in his development, he’s spending a postgraduate year at Link Year Prep Academy. ... He had at least 16 offers in addition to Boise State. ... His father, Sean Pryor, is a former associate head coach at New Mexico Highlands University and assistant at Chicago State. ... He averaged 15 points and 9 rebounds per game in 2018-19 at Pioneer High and was named All-Southeastern Conference Red, all-state honorable mention and a member of the MLive.com Ann Arbor Area Dream Team.
School: Mt. Spokane (Spokane, Washington)
Position: Power forward
Coach’s comment: “Tyson is listed as a 6-7 post player, but he can play any position on the floor. He could have had a much larger scoring average, but he was very unselfish on a deep team,” Mt. Spokane coach David Wagenblast said.
Notes: Degenhart is currently a junior at Mt. Spokane and will be part of the Broncos’ 2021 class. ... He led Mt. Spokane to a state runner-up finish as a sophomore, setting school records for points per game (19.3), shooting percentage (62.4) and field goals in a season (196). He also set the single-game record with 14 made free throws. ... He was just beginning to draw interest from Pac-12 schools after going toe to toe with O’Dea’s Paolo Banchero — who has offers from Duke, Gonzaga, Kentucky and North Carolina — in the state title game.
School: Burley High
Position: Combo guard
Coach’s comment: “I think he’s excited to learn from the Boise State staff. They’re such knowledgeable guys and do a great job of playing team basketball. I think it will be a fantastic fit for Jace,” Burley coach Trent Whiting said.
Leon Rice on Whiting: “Jace has a great feel for the game and brings a tremendous amount of skill to the combo guard position. It’s always important to keep the best players in the state at home, and we’re excited to have Jace in our program.”
Notes: Whiting will go on a two-year church mission and join the Broncos in 2022. ... He was named to the 2018-19 All-USA Idaho Boys Basketball second team. ... His dad, Trent Whiting, played at Utah (98-99) and BYU (1999-01), and his mom, Amber Whiting, played for Weber State and BYU ... Whiting plays club ball for Exum Elite. ... As a junior, he averaged 20.3 points and 9.0 rebounds per game with 54 assists and 33 steals. ... Whiting grew up in Italy, where his dad was playing professional basketball.
School: Sierra Canyon High (Chatsworth, Calif.)
Coach’s comment: “Alexis is an incredibly unique and special athlete. She is self motivated and has a strong motor. She wants to be the best version of herself and constantly puts that required intense effort on display. She is a fun player to watch because of her skill set, her defensive ability and her focused work ethic. Boise State is getting a good one,” Sierra Canyon coach Alicia Kreutner said.
Gordy Presnell on Mark: “Alexis is very athletic, very bright and has played at a very high level at Sierra Canyon. She’s going to have a lot of fans here at Boise State.”
Notes: She also had offers from Fresno State, San Diego State, Long Beach State, Grand Canyon, Cal Baptist and Pacific, among others. ... Mark averaged 12.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.8 steals per game in 2018-19, helping the Trailblazers to a 33-1 record and the CIF Open Division State Championship. ... She plays club ball for Cal Stars Valley Elite.
School: Heritage High (Brentwood, Calif.)
Position: Power forward
Coach’s comment: “Abby’s work ethic is relentless. She runs the floor well in transition and has developed an effective mid-range game to complement her attack mentality to the basket. She’s a true teammate and a very coachable player,” Heritage coach Rob Ocon said.
Gordy Presnell on Muse: “Abby is very long, very athletic and a top-100 recruit. She’s a shot blocker who can play multiple positions in the post area, and has a really high upside. She comes from a basketball family; both of her parents played at UC Santa Barbara.”
Notes: Last season, she averaged a double-double of 13.9 points and 10.2 rebounds per game and led the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League in blocks per game at 5.7. ... She chose Boise State over Mountain West rivals New Mexico and Nevada. ... She is ranked 96th in ESPN’s girls basketball rankings.
School: Chaparral High (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
Coach’s comment: Not provided.
Gordy Presnell on Ostlie: “Anna is very similar to (Boise State senior) Riley Lupfer; she’s a pure shooter. She has a great work ethic and has led her team to a state championship. We’re really excited about adding Anna.”
Notes: She also had known offers from San Jose State and UCSD. ... PrepGirlsHoops.com ranks Ostlie as the No. 3 prospect in Arizona for the class of 2020. ... She averaged over 18 points per game last season, hitting 53 3-pointers.
School: Lake Stevens High (Wash.)
Coach’s comment: “Her ability to stretch the floor with her perimeter shooting obviously really opens up her ability to drive, which is probably the strength of her game. She just has this knack of getting to the free-throw line. She becomes a really tough guard because you can’t take just one thing away and think that’s gonna work,” Lake Stevens coach Randy Edens told The Daily Herald.
Gordy Presnell on Reed: “Raigan is a natural athlete, and it looks like the game is very slow to her. She just buzzes by people. She’s athletic, can shoot the 3, she can drive, she makes the extra pass. A really, really good player.”
Notes: Boise State alumni Brooke and Brittany Pahukoa attended Lake Stevens High. ... Reed also had offers from Washington State and Montana State, according to Herald.net. ... She averaged 15.9 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game as a sophomore. ... She set a school record for free-throw shooting percentage in a season at 82.3 percent as a junior to go with 12.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 3.0 steals per game. ... Reed averaged 12.6 points and 3.4 assists a year ago.
MARY KAY NARO
School: Beaverton High (Ore.)
Coach’s comment: “Mary Kay has an incredibly high IQ on the basketball floor and makes everyone around her better both offensively and defensively. She is a fierce competitor, incredibly skilled handler, passer, and leader and is willing to do whatever the team needs to succeed. With her strong work ethic and love for the game, she will continue to improve and hone her craft. She is a joy to coach,” Beaverton coach Kathy Adelman Naro said.
Gordy Presnell on Naro: “Mary Kay’s a long, pure point guard. She comes from a great basketball family and has great skills. She’s a good passer, and I look forward to her continuing her point-guard play here at Boise State.”
Notes: Naro helped Beaverton High to a third-place finish in the 6A state tournament as a junior with averages of 8.0 points, 6.0 rebounds, 6.0 assists, 3.5 steals and 1.4 blocks per game. ... Naro’s mother, Kathy Adelman Naro, is her high school coach and a former college basketball player at Portland. ... She is a two-time first team All-Metro and all-tournament team honoree. ... Naro is the granddaughter of former NBA player and head coach Rick Adelman.
School: Orangewood Academy (Garden Grove, Calif.)
Coach’s comment: Not provided.
Gordy Presnell on Lalotte: “Elodie has a gigantic upside. She’s very athletic and is just scratching the surface. She’s only played one season of high school ball, so we really feel that she has a great chance to be a great player.”
Notes: Lalotte also took official visits to Washington State and New Mexico. ... Lalotte plays club ball for Cal Swish came to the United State from France. ... Prior to transferring to Orangewood, Lalotte played a varsity season at JSerra Catholic, averaging 9.2 points and 9.2 rebounds over 25 games.
Club team: Femeni Sant Adria (Barcelona, Spain)
Position: Point guard
Player’s comment: “There are many reasons why I chose Boise State. I really like its winning and competitive mentality and the way they play the game. I think I can adapt fast to it,” Gil said.
Gordy Presnell on Gil: “Cristina is a combo guard, very aggressive. She’s played very well with her club, and we’re looking forward to having her here in Boise.”
Notes: Playing for the U-18 Femeni Sant Adria in 2018-19, Gil averaged 8.7 points per game on a balanced team that did not feature a single player with a double-digit average. She helped Femeni Sant Adria to a Catalonia Regional title and a fourth-place finish at nationals. ... In 2017-18 on the U-16 squad, Gil contributed 10.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 2.4 steals while shooting 40 percent from 3-point range. She was named the U-16 Finals MVP.