Rice Signs Two to NLIs
BOISE – Boise State men’s basketball head coach Leon Rice announced the signing of two junior college transfers to National Letters of Intent, Wednesday. Darnell Taylor (Los Angeles) and James Webb III (Augusta, Ga.) will join the Broncos for the 2013-14 season.

Taylor, a 6-foot-4, 190-pound guard, is currently in his sophomore season at Saddleback Junior College in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Webb is a 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward, currently in his freshman season at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene.

“These additions improve our athletic ability tremendously,” Rice said. “They both come from great programs and have worked with phenomenal coaches in Andy Ground and Jared Phay, who have sent numerous players on to be successful at the Division I level.”

Taylor averaged a team-high 13.3 points per game as a freshman for head coach Andy Ground last season, going 126-of-249 (.509) from the floor. He added 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.1 steals per game, as the Gauchos recorded a 20-9 record (10-2 Orange Empire Conference).

As a senior at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles, Taylor was named Coliseum League co-Most Valuable Player, all-city, all-league and all-state. He averaged 23.2 points and 10.7 rebounds per game during his final prep campaign for head coach Ed Waters, en route to Los Angeles Wave Newspapers Player of the Year honors.

“Darnell is regarded as one of the best junior college guards in California,” Rice said. “He plays in a system that is similar to ours, which will make for a smooth transition to Boise State. He has a great feel for the game, and I think Bronco Nation will enjoy watching him play the next two years.”

Seven games into his freshman season at NIC with head coach Jared Phay, Webb has averaged 11 points, five rebounds and a block per game in leading the Cardinals to a 6-1 record. He is shooting 54 percent from the field and 78 percent at the free throw line. Webb and the Cardinals will play Treasure Valley CC Friday at 6 p.m., in Ontario, Ore.

“James is an extremely long and athletic wing, who has the ability to score from the perimeter and off the dribble,” Rice said. “He is a good rebounder and a good defender, and with his size and athleticism he will be a great addition to our team.”


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