Drmic Granted Medical Hardship
April 14, 2015

BOISE, Idaho -- Boise State men's basketball guard Anthony Drmic will return for the 2015-16 season. Drmic was granted a fifth year of eligibility when the Mountain West approved his medical hardship waiver this week, after playing just seven games in 2014-15 prior to ankle surgery.

The criteria to apply for a medical hardship is playing less than 30 percent of the season, not appearing in the second half of the season and being unable to return for the season. Drmic met all of the conditions.

Drmic underwent reconstructive surgery on his left ankle Jan. 15, and is still recovering.

A three-time All-Mountain West performer, Drmic was named to the league's second team following his sophomore and junior seasons and honorable mention as a freshman.

Drmic ranks seventh in school history with 1,528 points, leading the Broncos in scoring each of his first three seasons. He will enter 2015-16 416 points shy of the all-time school record (1,944; Tanoka Beard, 1989-93). Drmic has a career scoring average of 15.3 points per game, including 15.0 last season before his season was cut short. He is expected to rank eighth in the NCAA among active leading scorers entering next season.

Broncos in 2015-16
With Drmic officially back in the fold, Boise State is expected to return 11 letterwinners, including three starters from a season ago plus Drmic. James Webb III will be a junior after being named MW Newcomer of the Year and second-team all-conference. Among the five letterwinners lost are MW Player of the Year and All-American Derrick Marks, starter Igor Hadziomerovic and sixth man Rob Heyer who was the only Bronco to appear in all 34 games.

Boise State will return 59.8 percent of the minutes played last season, 58.2 percent of the scoring and 64.8 percent of the rebounding. Those numbers only include seven games of production from Drmic, who is expected to challenge for the all-time scoring record.

The Broncos will also welcome newcomers Paris Austin (Oakland, Calif./Bishop O'Dowd HS) and Malek Harwell (Pocatello, Idaho/Century HS). Austin finished his prep career by guiding the Dragons to the CIF Open Division state title. The point guard posted a line of 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in the championship game. Harwell averaged 27 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in his senior year, including two triple doubles in the final 11 games of the regular season.

2015-16 Schedule
Boise State has seven known nonconference games scheduled for 2015-16. The slate is highlighted by the 2015 DirecTV Wooden Legacy, Nov. 26-29, in Anaheim, Calif. The Broncos will be joined by Arizona, Boston College, Evansville, Michigan State, Providence, Santa Clara and UC Irvine. Boise State will also play at Arizona as a nonbracketed game in the tournament. Two series from last season will be finished next year as the Broncos will host Loyola Marymount and travel to Montana. Additionally, Boise State will host Bradley Dec. 20, as the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge is reincarnated.

Dates and times for these matchups will be announced in the summer, as well as additional nonconference games.

2015-16 Season Tickets
Boise State men's basketball 2015-16 season tickets are on sale now, and acting fast could save Bronco fans more than $100. Reduced prices are available in eight sections during the Early Bird Special, which will run through June 15. Tickets start at $149.

There are nine price points once again, including three which do not require a Bronco Athletic Association membership (Value, Non-Priority, Family Four Pack). Seven of the nine sections are discounted $40 per seat during the Early Bird Special. The Family Four Pack is on sale for $596, a savings of more than $100 from the regular price of $699. The Value Section (sections 31-37) will remain $149 per seat after the Early Bird Special.

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