Remembering the 2014 Seniors: Thomas Bropleh

April 1, 2014

This week BroncoSports.com takes a look back at the careers that comprised one of the most accomplished senior classes in Boise State basketball history. Thomas Bropleh, Jeff Elorriaga and Ryan Watkins finished their stay at Boise State with 77 wins and two postseason appearances.

Only five Broncos have won more games in the Blue and Orange than Bropleh, Elorriaga and Watkins; but perhaps no four-year trio has resurrected Bronco basketball quite the way they did. With the wins piling up, attendance soared during their careers and the members of the class of 2014 fit the role of fan favorites.

The series starts with a look at Thomas Bropleh. Watch the video below and join the conversation on Twitter using #ThomasTuesday

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For three years you knew the name, but maybe couldn't put a finger on his game. After moving in and out of the starting lineup during his first three seasons, Thomas Bropleh found his calling as a senior. A refined three-point stroke and an irreplaceable dose of senior leadership turned Bropleh into one of the best sparkplugs in the West.

Bropleh started two games during the nonconference part of the season as injuries impacted the regular lineup. Still he failed to gain enough traction to be a consistent contributor. After scoring 18 points in a start against Carroll College, Bropleh played just four minutes over the next two games.

Then everything changed.

Bropleh refocused during the Broncos' winter break and came out with a new purpose at the Diamond Head Classic. His bench production helped Boise State to a runner-up finish in the tournament and came back to the mainland with renewed confidence.

He elevated his play during the Mountain West slate, so much so he earned serious consideration for the MW Sixth Man of the Year award. He averaged 9.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 24.7 minutes per game during the MW season. Still, it was the final 14 games of the year that will forever define Bropleh's senior surge.

After averaging 4.8 points during the first 114 games he played in as a Bronco, Bropleh scored at a 12.2 ppg clip for the final 14. He poured in 170 points during the home stretch, hitting double figures 10 times. He had scored 167 points in the previous 37 games, dating back to his junior season. Most of his damage came from beyond the arc, hitting 32 triples and shooting it at 42.1 percent. Included was the memorable 25-foot buzzer beater to force double overtime on senior night against Nevada.

Bropleh played in 128 games during his career, tied for fourth most in school history. He set career highs as a senior in minutes, points, field goals, field goal percentage, three-pointers, three-point percentage, assists, blocks and steals.


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