Heyer Signs with Pro Team
Dec. 30, 2015
Former Boise State men's basketball student-athlete Rob Heyer ('15) will begin his professional basketball career in Tasmania, Australia, next month. Heyer signed last week with the Latrobe Demons of the North-West Basketball Union and departs in mid-January ahead of the season officially kicking off in mid-February.
Heyer was the only Bronco to play in all 34 games last season, helping Boise State reach the NCAA Tournament as an at-large selection for the second time in school history. He played just one season for Boise State, after stops at Sheridan Community College and Texas-Permian Basin, but left an indelible mark.
Heyer took a team-high 14 charges in addition to ranking third on the team with 107 rebounds and second with 43 offensive boards. He scored 4.7 points per game, shooting 52.4 percent from the floor and 41.5 percent from beyond the arc.
Latrobe finished seventh out of eight teams in the senior division of the NWBU last season.
Heyer joins a growing list of recent Broncos to be playing professionally around the world. Read below to catch up on how other Boise State products are doing in their current seasons and post-collegiate careers.
Robert "Reggie" Arnold | Belfius Mons-Hainaut | Scooore (Belgium)
Robert Arnold ('11) is the leading scorer for Belfius Mons-Hainaut in Belgium's top league (Scooore) at 14.4 points per game. Arnold is also adding 3.8 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per contest through 11 games. Mons-Hainaut, which advanced to the league championship series last season, started 4-1 before dropping five of its last six. The team currently sits seventh in the league standings.
Arnold played in Finland last season, where he led Kataja to the regular-season and tournament titles in Korisliiga, the country's top league. Arnold scored a league-best 22.3 points per game.
Thomas Bropleh | Texas Legends | NBA Developmental League (United States)
Thomas Bropleh ('14) has played in nine games for the Texas Legends of the NBA Developmental League, averaging 4. 8 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 15.4 minutes per outing. Bropleh was drafted in the fifth round of the NBA D-League Draft in October.
Last season Bropleh played for Finke Baskets in Germany's ProA League (second division), leading the team in scoring at 15.9 points per game to rank sixth in the league.
Bropleh was a four-year letterwinner at Boise State, appearing in 128 games while averaging 5.6 points and 2.6 points for his career. He posted his best season as a senior, scoring eight points per game, including hitting double figures in 10 of his final 14 games.
Igor Hadziomerovic | CTI Melbourne United | NBL (Australia)
Igor Hadziomerovic ('15) has played in 20 games as a rookie with CTI Melbourne United in Australia's National Basketball League (top division). Hadziomerovic signed his first professional contract with his hometown team and so far is averaging 3.6 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.8 assists in 12.5 minutes per game.
As a four-year letterwinner at Boise State Hadziomerovic played 109 games and made 66 starts, helping the Broncos to two NCAA Tournament appearances. Before joining the Broncos, he played juniors for the Melbourne Tigers.
Reggie Larry | CDU Catolica | Liga Nacional (Chile)
Reggie Larry ('08) is putting up monster numbers playing in Chile for CDU Catolica in Liga Nacional, the country's top league. Larry averaged a league-best 28.9 points per game in the regular season which just concluded to go with 12.5 rebounds per game, which ranked third.
Catolica is currently in the league quarterfinals, trailing 2-0 and facing elimination. Their next game is Saturday. Former Bronco Ike Okoye is also in the Liga Nacional playoffs with CD Castro.
Larry, who has had stints in the NBA D-League, spent last season playing in Mexico where he led the Dorados de Chihuahua to a league title. He averaged 17.7 points and 8.6 rebounds per game.
This is Larry's eighth season of professional basketball. He has played in Australia, Chile, Cyprus, France, Mexico, Philippines, Spain and the United States.
Derrick Marks | Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona | Serie A2 (Italy)
Derrick Marks ('15) has moved into the starting lineup in his first season with Orsi Derthona Basket Tortona in Italy's second division. Marks is averaging 14.4 points per game on 52.9 percent shooting, including 41.3 percent from three-point range, while helping Tortona to an 8-6 record.
Marks is in his first season of professional basketball after putting together one of the most impressive individual seasons in Boise State history last year. He was named Mountain West Player of the Year, Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America and guided Boise State to a conference title and NCAA Tournament appearance. Marks averaged 19.4 points per game and hit the 30-point plateau a school-record six times.
Daequon Montreal | Dandenon Rangers | SEABL (Australia)
Daequon Montreal ('11) was named Most Valuable Player of the South East Australian Basketball League last season, averaging 23.6 points per game and leading the Dandenong Rangers to their fifth-straight playoff appearance.
SEABL is an Australian winter league (April through August) and Montreal has committed to return to Dandenong for a fifth season next year. He led the Rangers to the 2013 SEABL championship, scoring 46 points in the grand final.
Montreal has been in the news recently confirming he is considering permanent Australian residency and citizenship. He played five games in the country's top league (NBL) last year as an import with the Adelaide 36ers, but would draw even more interest as a naturalized player.
Tre Nichols | South West Slammers | SBL (Australia)
Tre Nichols ('12) led the South West Slammers to the grand final of the Australia's State Basketball League last season. Nichols averaged 28.8 points per game to go with 4.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 2.0 steals. He was also named MVP of the league's all-star game after scoring 26 points.
Nichols, who was twice named league player of the week last season, will return to the Slammers next year. The SBL is a winter league in Australia, running from March through July.
Ike Okoye | CD Castro | Liga Nacional (Chile)
Ike Okoye ('10) is leading CD Castro in scoring (18.6 points per game) and rebounding (13.1 rebounds per game). Okoye and Castro just wrapped up the regular season of Liga Nacional, Chile's top league, and are currently competing in the quarterfinals of the playoffs.
Okoye, playing in the same league as former Bronco Reggie Larry, ranked second in the league in rebounding for the regular season, finishing just ahead of Larry.
This is Okoye's second season with CD Castro. He led the team with 11.1 rebounds per game last year, while chipping in 15.6 points per contest. Okoye led the team all the way to the league finals before falling in a winner-take-all game five against Colo Colo.
Ryan Watkins | Atomeromu SE Paks | A Division (Hungary)
Ryan Watkins ('14) is playing with his third team this season, currently residing in Hungary where he has helped Atomeromu SE Paks to the top of the standings in the Hungarian A Division. Watkins is averaging 10.8 points and 8.6 rebounds per game and was recently named league player of the week by Eurobasket after a 23-point, 14-rebound double-double. It was his second such honor of the year.
Watkins spent the first five games of the season in the same league but with Naturtex-Szte-Szedeak Szeged. He averaged 17 points, 10 rebounds, one assist and 2.6 steals per game for Szedeak before being signed by league leader Atomeromu, Nov. 15. In the third week of the season, Watkins was named league player of the week after a 21-point, 18-rebound performance helped Szedeak to a big win.
Watkins was a member of the Helsinki Seagulls in Finland's top league during the preseason.
During his first professional season in 2014-15, Watkins played for Aris Leeuwarden in Holland. In 28 games he averaged 14.6 points and a league-best 10.3 rebounds per game.
At Boise State, Watkins led the country in offensive rebounding as a senior on his way to earning All-Mountain West Second Team honors.
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