BSU basketball eager to play in Costa Rica

Posted at 8:22 PM, Jun 18, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-18 22:22:47-04

Boise State men’s basketball team will get some extra sunshine this summer. They will be traveling to Costa Rica for a foreign tour Aug. 11-16. They boys won’t have time to work on their tans, the idea behind the trip is to prepare for the 2016-17 season. The trip will include international competition, cultural experiences, and various team-building activities.

Boise State enters the 2016-17 campaign with one returning starter, five newcomers, three student-athletes who redshirted last season and two new assistant coaches. The Broncos graduated four members of last year’s team.  The team also said goodbye to James Webb III who left early to enter to the NBA Draft.  With the trip overseas head Coach Leon Rice says that this will get his team ready for another tough season in Mountain West play.

"We need those ten practices. We need outside competition and we’re going to be tested a little bit. We're going to be tested in practice, we’re going to experiment in a lot of different things and we have an urgency to develop these guys that we have. We have great young players. We've got great returning players and great young newcomers and we gotta get them up to speed quickly and get ready for the mountain west,” said Coach Leon Rice.

The last time Boise State embarked on a foreign tour was in 2007 on a Labor Day weekend trip to Canada. That trip kick started the 2007-08 season which culminated in a WAC Tournament title and trip to the 2008 NCAA Tournament.