Bronco Hoops Signs Two to NLIs

April 28, 2014

BOISE, Idaho -

Boise State men’s basketball signed two future Broncos to National Letters of Intent, head coach Leon Rice announced Monday. Rice and the Broncos added high school forward Zach Haney and junior college guard Montigo Alford.

The 6-foot-11 Haney is a senior at Atascocita High School in Humble, Texas. Alford is a 5-foot-9 point guard from College of Southern Idaho. Alford will come to Boise State as a redshirt junior with two years to play two.

“Zach is such a multi-tool player and we’re very excited about all the things he can do,” Rice said. “He can shoot it, he’s athletic, he can run the floor. Zach has a tremendous upside and with the continued improvement he has shown all the way through his senior year we are looking forward to getting him in our program and helping that growth.”

Haney picked up a number of honors after guiding Atascocita to conference and district championships as a senior, advancing all the way to the Region II final for the first time in school history. Haney was named 5A All-Region II by the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches after averaging 15.3 points, 10.2 rebounds, 4.2 blocks and 2.8 steals per game. He also picked up first-team District 13-5A honors as the Eagles ran through district play undefeated in addition to being named All-Area Defensive Player of the Year. Haney shot 38 percent from three-point range on the year as well.

“Montigo has great quickness and athleticism,” Rice said. “He’s a little different than the guards we have in the program. He has the ability to get where he wants with the ball and create within our system. He has the chance to make an immediate impact because of that.”

Alford averaged 15.1 points and 3.8 assists per game in 2013-14, leading the Golden Eagles to the Scenic West Athletic Conference Championship and an appearance in the Region 18 Championship Game. He was named All-Region 18 First Team and selected to the Region 18 All-Tournament Team. In 26 games, Alford scored at least 20 in eight of them and shot 44.2 percent from three-point range on the year. As a redshirt freshman in 2012-13, Alford played in 27 games with 21 starts, averaging 10.9 points and 3.2 assists per game.

Alford attended Summit High School in Fontana, Calif. As a senior Alford led the SkyHawks to the Division II Southern California Championship and a berth in the CIF Division II Championship Game with a 28-8 record. Summit fell in the state title game 53-50 to Archbishop Mitty, led by Aaron Gordon. Alford also lettered in football at Summit, where he was a teammate of current Boise State football student-athlete Donte Deayon.

Alford is the latest in a recent string of Boise State signees out of College of Southern Idaho. Former Broncos Reggie Larry, Daequon Montreal and Kenny Buckner also attended the Twin Falls, Idaho, school before finishing their careers in the Blue and Orange.

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