The Boise State men's basketball team has its' eyes set on returning to the top of the Western Athletic Conference in 2009-10, and in order to do so the Broncos will rely on the return of four starters from last season's team that won 19 games and earned its' second consecutive post-season tournament berth.
Boise State doesn't boast an overwhelming amount of returning depth in the back court, but the Broncos hope that the return of Anthony Thomas and La'Shard Anderson (6-1, 170) will help to develop an inexperienced bench. Thomas, who enters his third season as the starting point guard, and Anderson, who played in all 32 games last season, combined for nearly half (46 percent) of the team's assists in 2008-09.
Thomas enters the season needing 342 points to join the 1,000 point club, which only 18 other players school history have accomplished. He also needs just 10 more assists to move to 10th in Boise State history for career assists. Anderson, a junior guard, played in all 32 games last season, averaging 5.6 ppg to go along with 2.69 apg.
The Broncos return two more guards in the back court in Justin Salzwedel (6-2, 188) and Nate Larsen (6-2, 188). Larsen has been an integral part of the Bronco scout team for the past few seasons and did see action in five games in 2008-09. Salzwedel is a junior college transfer who redshirt last season for the Broncos.
Boise State also welcomes two new guards to the program, in junior college transfer Westly Perryman (6-3, 183) and freshman G.A. Hill (5-8, 140). Perryman joins the Broncos from Monroe College, where he averaged 18 ppg, 5 rpg, 4 apg and 3 steals per game last season. Hill was named first team all-conference as a junior and senior, and averaged 19.7 ppg, 8 apg and 7 rpg last season.