BOISE, Idaho - Leon Rice, head men's basketball coach at Boise State University announced today the signing of Thomas Bropleh, a 6-foot-5, 220 small forward from New Hampton Prep School in New Hampton, N.H., to a National Letter of Intent.
"Thomas is a great young man with a tremendous work ethic to go along with his basketball talent," said Boise State Head Coach Leon Rice. "He's a guy that has improved by leaps in bounds in his year at a prep school and coupled with his hard work, he has a chance to be great player."
Primarily a post player at George Washington High School in Denver, Thomas decided to take his game back east to New Hampton Prep School for a post-graduate year where he developed under the tutelage of one of the best prep school coaches in the country, Peter Hutchins. While competing in the toughest prep school league in the country, New England Prep School Athletic Conference, Bropleh's game evolved to being more perimeter oriented. Bropleh averaged 16 points and seven rebounds per game, while shooting 42 percent from beyond the arc. He was also successful off the court, achieving a 3.7 GPA while at New Hampton.
Originally from Jamaica Queens, N.Y., Bropleh moved to Denver, Colo., when he was seven-years-old. While at George Washington, he led the alma mater of Denver Nuggets Chauncy Billups to a 26-2 record and a runner-up finish in the state championship during his senior season. During the championship game, Bropleh scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds. During his senior season he averaged 22 points and 11 rebounds per game, earning him Scout.com Player of the Year and named a member of The Denver Post All-Colorado team.
Bropleh, who will join the Broncos in the fall of 2010, is the second player signed by Rice and the Broncos during the current signing period.