Boise State men’s basketball adds another Aussie

In a bit of a surprise signing, the Boise State men’s basketball team announced the signing of 6-foot-8 forward Nick Duncan from the Australian Institute of Sport on Thursday. He will join the team this fall.

Duncan comes from the same school that produced current Broncos Anthony Drmic and Igor Hadziomerovic. He helped Australia to the silver medal at the U17 world championships last year, where he led the team with 8.0 rebounds per game.

“Nick is a big, strong, physical player with a great feel for the game,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said in a statement. “He reminds me a lot of Bishop Kelly’s Cory Violette (a former Gonzaga forward).”

The addition of Duncan gives Boise State four newcomers slated to join the team this season — guard Dezymn Trent’s signing was announced Thursday, while junior college transfers James Web III and Darnell Taylor signed in November.

Boise State lost only one senior off the 2012-13 squad, so with the signings is three scholarships over the limit, meaning a fair amount of attrition is being expected by the coaching staff.

On Thursday, Rice said in a news conference that no players on the current roster have announced plans to leave the program.

Rice also said Boise State is planning on scheduling a “big” road game, similar to the ones the Broncos played last year at Michigan State and Creighton. Though the Broncos have not announced any new nonconference games for next season, they will scrimmage Colorado in Boise this fall. The Buffaloes have reached the last two NCAA Tournaments and are a likely preseason top 25 team for 2013-14.

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