Broncos Going Pro
Aug. 12, 2015

Boise State men's basketball has been leaving its mark on the world of professional basketball for the past decade, and this season looks to be one of the most impressive collections of former Broncos playing at the next level yet. Four past Boise State standouts have already signed professional contracts around the world with a few more weighing their options.

Fresh off of leading Boise State to its first Mountain West championship, Igor Hadziomerovic and Derrick Marks will begin their professional careers in Australia and Italy, respectively. Ryan Watkins ('14) will spend next season in Finland after playing his rookie season in Holland. Robert "Reggie" Arnold ('11) is set to embark on his first year in Belgium after winning a championship last season in Finland's highest league.

Marks, who capped an illustrious Boise State career by being named the 2014-15 Mountain West Player of the Year, will play for Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona in Italy's A2 league. After going undrafted, Marks had a short stint with the Philadelphia 76ers in training camp but signed with Tortona just before the start of the NBA Summer League. He is tentatively listed as a starter with his new team.

Hadziomerovic signed with CTI Melbourne United of Australia's National Basketball League (NBL) in his hometown. A former member of the Melbourne Tigers junior program, Hadziomerovic returns home after helping the Broncos to two NCAA Tournament appearances in his career. The NBL is the top league in Australia.

Watkins averaged a double-double with 14.6 points and a league-best 10.3 rebounds per game playing for Aris Leeuwarden in Holland's top division. He was one of just two players in the league to average a double-double, while helping his team to a sixth-place finish. Helsinki finished eighth last year in the regular season of Korisliiga, Finland's top league.

Arnold, a teammate of Watkins' for one year at Boise State, is familiar with Korisliiga. He just led Kataja to the regular-season and tournament titles while pouring in a league-high 22.3 points per game. Arnold will make the move to Belgium's premier league (Scooore) where he has signed with Belfius Mons-Hainaut, which advanced to the championship series last season.

Thomas Bropleh ('14), Tre Nichols ('12), La'Shard Anderson ('11), Daequon Montreal ('11), Kurt Cunningham ('10) and Reggie Larry ('08) are seeking to determine their best fit after successful seasons abroad last year. Rob Heyer ('15) is also exploring the possibility of extending his playing career.

Larry led the Dorados de Chihuahua to a league championship in Mexico last season, averaging 17.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game. Bropleh played his first professional season with Finke Baskets in Germany's ProA League where he led the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game. Anderson played for Kapfenberg in Austria during the latter part of last season. Cunningham was with St. Vallier in France's NM1 league. St. Vallier reached the semifinals of the league tournament last season.

Montreal and Nichols are both finishing their current seasons in Australia. Montreal has been playing in Australia since leaving Boise State, working his way up through the professional ranks. Montreal's most memorable performance thus far was scoring 46 points in the 2013 championship game of the SEABL, helping the Dandenong Rangers to the title. He was recently named the league's player of the month for July, still with the Rangers. Nichols is the starting point guard for the Southwest Slammers in the SBL

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