Boise State hoops gets commit from highly-touted center Wacker

Sorting between potential college destinations from coast to coast, David Wacker found his perfect fit in Boise State.
Wacker, a 6-foot-9, 210-pound center from Texas’ Judson High, was long on top of Boise State’s recruiting wishlist. With coach Leon Rice in his home Monday night, Wacker decided to verbally commit to the Broncos.
“I wanted to go to a situation where I was wanted and needed on a team that could win their conference,” Wacker said. “And it’s a great staff that I think matches my personality. Boise State checked off all the boxes from a basketball standpoint.”
With offers from Cal Poly all the way to Boston College, Wacker will join the Broncos in 2014-15 as one of the most highly-recruited signees in recent years. He joins California guard Chandler Hutchison as the other known verbal commitment for the class. Wacker said he had a final five of Boise State, Nebraska, Saint Louis, Colorado and Western Kentucky. He said a visit to Boise the weekend of Sept. 6-8 had the Broncos firmly in the lead before he hosted the head coaches from his other four favorites last week.
“Not many top 25 programs have a situation like Boise State, it’s a real family atmosphere with the team, a lot of high-character people, a beautiful place to live and  the fan support is unreal,” Wacker said.
Playing for his father, Mike, a former University of Texas standout, Wacker averaged 12 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks per game as a junior. He is ranked as the No. 21 center nationally by Scout.com. Rice’s hiring of four-time Texas high school state champion coach Danny Henderson paid immediate dividends.
“They were recruiting me really hard, told me I was their No. 1 guy — I see myself as a high-energy person like coach Rice, and my dad has known coach Henderson for a long time, so the staff is a great fit,” Wacker said.
With Boise State center Ryan Watkins a senior in 2013-14, Wacker will have plenty of opportunity to contribute immediately. He noted he’s already looking forward to playing with scorers like Derrick Marks, Anthony Drmic and Mikey Thompson his first season.
“I think they’ll win (the Mountain West) this year, and hopefully again the next year when I get there,” Wacker said.

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