"We played that hard tonight because of our respect level for Boise State. Our respect level for that team was off the charts. We were ready to play from the opening tip tonight," Pitino said.
2006 (Junior): Courtesy: Boise State Sports Information
Played two seasons at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls, Idaho. Averaged 15.2 points and a team-high 8.2 rebounds per game as a sophomore, while making 50.5 percent of his field goals. Named to the 2006 Junior College All-National Tournament Team in Hutchinson, Kansas, after averaging 21.0 points and 11.7 rebounds in CSI’s three games. Led the tournament in rebounds per game grabbing 12 against both Southwestern Illinois and Southwest Tennessee and 15 against Monroe. Finished fifth in the tournament in points per game and 11th in points scored getting 17 points against Southwestern Illinois, 22 against Southwest Tennessee and 24 against Monroe. Named to the 2005-06 Scenic West Athletic Conference All-Tournament Team after leading the Golden Eagles to the tournament title by averaging 23.5 points and 9.0 rebounds per game. Scored 27 points and grabbed nine rebounds in CSI’s semifinal win over Eastern Utah and 20 points and nine rebounds in the championship game against Dixie State College. Led the SWAC in rebounding (offensive, defensive and total) and blocked shots (1.46 per game), while finishing fourth in scoring and eighth in field goal percentage. Scored a career-high 39 points in CSI’s season opener against Westchester and had 12 games of 20-plus points and 16 double-digit rebounding games. Had nine double-doubles as a sophomore and 10 in his career at CSI. As a freshman, averaged 6.5 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and had nine double-digit scoring games and one double-digit rebounding game. Graduated from Barringer High School in Newark, New Jersey, where he led his team to the state tournament as a sophomore and again as a senior. Averaged 20.5 points, 11 rebounds and three blocks per game and was named all-city and all-county as a senior. As a junior, earned all-city honors after averaging 15 points, six rebounds and two blocks per game.