Boise State wraps up a cross-country road trip Monday, at Loyola Marymount
Duncan hits seven three-pointers to lead the Broncos.
BroncoSports.com will feature Thomas Bropleh, Jeff Elorriaga and Ryan Watkins this week
A dead-eye marksman by nature, Jeff Elorriaga proved over the course of his career that he meant much more to the Broncos than just a player with an exceptional outside shot. Elorriaga fought through injuries at different stages of every season to make sure his presence and leadership was available for his team to draw from. Boise State is 54-29 in games he starts, 20-13 in games he came off the bench, and 3-12 in games when he did not play.
Judging by the number of rebounds Ryan Watkins gobbled up this past season, most Bronco fans probably would not be surprised to see Watkins walking around campus with a hard hat and lunch pail. Watkins turned in one of the most prolific rebounding seasons in Boise State history by averaging 10.6 rebounds per game. Couple that with a steady 11.9 points per game, and you have the first Bronco to average a double-double since 1971-1972.
The video series begins with an overview of the 2014 seniors by the three Bronco coaches who were with them all four years. Head coach Leon Rice, associate head coach Jeff Linder and assistant coach John Rillie share their thoughts in the video below.
Boise State men's basketball participated in a press conference and an open practice at the NCAA Tournament First Round.
Boise State defeated Air Force 80-68 March 12, 2015, in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Championship.
John Rillie is in his seventh season with Boise State men's basketball, and his sixth as an assistant coach.
Rillie, who is responsible for the development of the Broncos' perimeter players, spent the 2010-11 season as the director of basketball operations.
Rillie had plenty to do with the 19-11 record in the 2016-17 campaign that relied on the development of several young guards. He helped freshmen Justinian Jessup and Alex Hobbs average a combined 12.2 points per game and assisted in the rapid ascension of Paris Austin and Chandler Hutchison.
Hutchison was named to the All-Mountain West First Team and the USBWA All-District VIII Team while Austin earned honorable mention all-conference accolades. Rillie helped the Broncos average 75.8 points per game and make 244 3-pointers at a 35.6 percent clip – the fourth-best mark in the conference.
He has helped lead Boise State to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2012-13 and 2014-15, the first at-large selections in school history. He also helped lead the Broncos to the 2014-15 Mountain West Championship, the school's first conference title since joining the league in 2011-12.
Boise State tied the school record for wins in 2014-15, posting a 25-9 record which included winning of 14 of the final 15 regular-season games. The Broncos have won 20-or-more games in each of the last three seasons -- tied for the longest streak in school history (1986-87, 1987-88 and 1988-89).
With Rillie on staff, Boise State has led the Mountain West in scoring twice, and finished second in 2014-15 (72.1). The Broncos averaged 76.2 points per game in 2013-14, the second-highest season average at Boise State in nearly 40 years.
Boise State also made its mark on the defensive end in 2014-15, holding a school-record nine opponents to fewer than 50 points. Included were five of the last 10 teams to face Boise State, which concluded the regular season allowing just 60.3 points per game. The mark ranked 35th nationally entering the NCAA Tournament, and helped provide a scoring margin of plus-10.5, the nation's 22nd-best mark.
During its NCAA Tournament run two years ago, Boise State finished tied for fourth in the Mountain West, the top-rated league in the country per the RPI.
Much of Boise State's scoring has come from the outside. The Broncos made a school-record 297 three-pointers in 2014-15. The team made 264 in 2013-14 and 249 in 2012-13, the third- and fifth-highest single-season totals all-time at Boise State.
In his debut season as an assistant, Rillie helped guide the Broncos' move to the Mountain West, which finished the season ranked fifth in the NCAA conference RPI - ahead of the ACC and Pac-12.
Prior to joining the Boise State staff, Rillie was playing and coaching basketball in Australia, his native country. He began his coaching career in 2009, working in the Townsville Junior Basketball Association. In 2010 he was an assistant coach for both the Townsville Heat/Lightning U16 and North Queensland U16 teams.
His playing career began at Tacoma Community College in Tacoma, Wash., where he played one season (1991-92) before transferring to Gonzaga. During Rillie's three seasons (1992-95) with the Bulldogs, he helped lead the team to a NIT appearance in 1994 and the school's first berth in the NCAA Tournament in 1995.
Following the completion of his collegiate career, Rillie spent 16 years playing professional basketball internationally. From 1995-2009 he enjoyed stints in Australia with the Brisbane Bullets (1995), Adelaide 36ers (1996-98), West Sydney Razorbacks (1998-02 and 2003-04) and Townsville Crocodiles (2004-09), and spent 2009-10 with the New Zealand Breakers. Rillie also played one season (2002) with AEK Athens of the Euroleague.
From 1997-2004 Rillie was also a member of the Australian National Team, which he represented in the 2004 Athens Olympics.
Rillie and his wife Heidi have three children, Jaron, Kael and Halle.
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