Derrick Alston Jr returns to Boise St for his Senior Season, what does it mean for the Broncos?
Derrick Alston Jr announced today that he would indeed be back for his final season at Boise State. He averaged 17.3 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game, while shooting 41% from the field, 33% from deep. He’s 6’9“ and 187 pounds, I’d like to see him add some muscle and be able to drive in the lane a bit better using his strength rather than length. He’s a good shooter although this percentage wasn’t amazing, it was good enough. I think he’s a guy that can average 20 points per game and shoot 45% from the field 35% from three, or so while grabbing 6-7 rebounds. He’s going to be very good and the front runner for Mountain West Player of the year.
The Broncos will look to send out a lineup with Justinian Jessup, Robin Jorch, R.J. Williams, and Marcus Dickinson. The biggest issue for Boise State will be their size down-low. Abu Kigab and Emmanuel Akot are both small and they likely will be the 4-5 guys but neither are true big-men. Akot was a big guard/wing at Arizona, Kigab is a 4-man usually, they’ll need to prove they can be big pieces down-low in order to have success.
Here’s their Lineup going into next season:
PG: RayJ Dennis
SG: Devoinare Doutrieve (Arizona)
SF: Derrick Alston Jr
PF: Emmanuel Akot (Arizona)
C: Abu Kigab
Bench: Marcus Shaver (Portland), Mladen Armus (East Tennessee State), Burke Smith, Kasean Pryor, Jace Whiting, Naje Smith, and Lukas Milner
Doutrieve was a big time recruit who went to Arizona, and just never really got it going for the Wildcats, he’s a big time scoring talent that will be big for Boise.
RayJ Dennis showed flashes during the season as more than a passer, he went off against Utah State in the comeback win, where down 18 with only a few minutes left he had 4 threes late to help force overtime. He looked great and has a nice jumper and could have a bright future.
Shaver is another guy who had 14 points per game for Portland back in 2018-19, he shot 40% from the field, 35% from deep, that shooting ability will be very important this season.
Armus is a guy who can step-in and play some and maybe play a big role he’s the tallest guy on the team and can take pressure off of Akot and Kigab.
I think the Broncos are my favorites to win the Mountain West as of right now, they will be a fun team to watch.