BOISE, Idaho - Leon Rice, head men's basketball coach at Boise State University announced today the signing of Tre' Nichols, a 6-foot, 180 pound point guard from McLennan Community College in Waco, Texas, to a National Letter of Intent.
"Tre' brings experience and know-how to the position from playing the point guard all his life," said head coach Leon Rice. "He's coming here, understanding the position and can be a great leader. There are a lot of good guards here and I think he can compliment them well."
After playing his freshman year at Texas State, Nichols transferred to McLennan CC where he led the Highlanders to a North Texas Junior College Athletic Conference Championship finishing 26-4. At McLennan, he averaged 16 points, five assists and three steals per game. Nichols best performance came in the Region V Semi Finals loss to the No.1 ranked team in the country, Midland College, when he recorded 29 points. His efforts on the court earned him first team all-conference and first team All-Region V accolades.
While in high school, Nichols averaged 20 points, five assists, and four steals while playing for Killeen High School. He was a two-time first-team all-state, all-region and all-district selection. In addition, he was named a McDonald's All-American nominee. Nichols accolades continued as he was named second-team All-Centex by Austin American Statesman and first -team Super Centex by the Waco Tribune-Herald. The guard participated in the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches All-Star Game after being a two-time Killeen team Most Valuable Player, while earning team Newcomer of the year for the 2004-05 season.
"Tre' is a tremendous kid that comes from a great family," added Rice. "He really loves the game of basketball and has shown that he can play at a really high level. We want to help him reach that level on a consistent basis. With all that said, he can become a very great player."
Nichols, who will join the Broncos in the fall of 2010, is the first player signed by Rice and the Broncos during the current signing period.