Men's Basketball Season Preview - Frontcourt

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.

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Front Court

      The Boise State front court includes three players that have significant playing experience, with Cunningham, Noonan and Ike Okoye all having started over 17 games last season. The returning group, which also includes Sean Imadiyi and Zach Moritz, accounted for 33.2 ppg in 2008-09, which was nearly half of the team total (46 percent).

      Cunningham (6-9, 265), a senior forward, leads the way as the team's top returning scorer and second best rebounder (4.1 rpg) from last season. He also led the Western Athletic Conference in shooting percentage (67.3 percent) as a junior. Noonan (6-7, 214), a junior forward, was next on the team in scoring, shooting 41 percent from the floor and 33.8 percent from three point range (54-of-160).

      Okoye (6-9, 235), a senior forward, made a big splash in his first season playing for the Broncos after transferring from the University of Wyoming in 2007. Okoye recorded the second most single season blocks in school history (60), while averaging 8.9 ppg and 5.6 rpg.

      The Broncos return two more front court players that saw action in 2008-09, in senior forward Sean Imadiyi and junior center Zach Moritz. Imadiyi (6-7, 207), earned playing time in 30 games last season, averaging 2.1 ppg and 1.5 rpg. Moritz (6-11, 245) saw limited action during his sophomore season, but did average 2.0 ppg and 1.3 rpg in the 21 games he played.

      Coach Graham will add a pair of junior college transfers to the front court mix this season as well, with junior forwards Robert Arnold (6-6, 170) from Antelope Valley Community College and Daequon Montreal (6-7, 229) from the College of Southern Idaho joining the Broncos. Arnold averaged 19.1 ppg and 6.1 rpg last season, earning him All-Conference and All-State honors. Montreal started 22 games for the Golden Eagles as a sophomore, averaging 15.9 ppg and 8.9 rpg, while being named first team All-Region.

      Rounding out the Bronco front court will be freshman center Sam Hicks (6-9, 259), who comes to Boise State from Liberty Christian High School in Redding, Calif. The Broncos will look for big things from Hicks down the road, as he averaged 9.7 ppg and 12.0 rpg as a junior, scoring in double figures in 15 games.

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