BOISE, Idaho - Boise State men’s basketball signed three prep standouts to National Letters of Intent Wednesday, on the first day of the early signing period.
Head coach Leon Rice and the Broncos welcome Kasean Pryor, Burke Smith and Jace Whiting to the program. Pryor and Smith will join the team as freshmen next season. Whiting is expected to serve a two-year church mission before enrolling at Boise State in the fall of 2022.
“We are really excited about the talent level of this class,” Rice said. “We were able to bring in three highly-skilled young guys at all different positions. My staff deserves a lot of credit for searching high and low, near and far for the right guys to bring in. It is also a testament to what we’ve been building here that talented players all across the country view Boise State basketball as a destination.”
Here's a look at the three players...
Jace Whiting | 6-1 | Guard | Burley, Idaho | Burley HS
Whiting is a senior at Burley High School. He is a two-time All-Great Basin League selection. Last year, as a junior, Whiting was named to the USA Today All-Idaho Second Team after averaging 20.3 points and nine rebounds per game.
As a sophomore, Whiting made his Burley debut after moving from Utah. He averaged 13 points per game and helped the Bobcats reach the 4A state title game, earning a first-team all-league selection.
Whiting’s parents both played basketball collegiately. His father, Trent, played at Snow College, Utah and BYU. His mother, Amber, played at Weber State and BYU. Jace Whiting grew up in Italy, during Trent Whiting’s 12-year professional basketball career. Trent is the boys’ basketball head coach at Burley High School.
On the club circuit, Whiting plays for Exum Elite out of Utah.
“Jace has a great feel for the game and brings a tremendous amount of skill to the combo guard position,” Rice said. “It’s always important to keep the best players in the state at home and we’re excited to have Jace in our program.”
Kasean Pryor | 6-9 | Guard | Ann Arbor, Mich. | Link Year Prep
Pryor is currently spending a postgraduate year at Link Year Prep Academy in Branson, Mo. He was a two-year letterwinner at Ann Arbor Pioneer High School. As a senior in 2018-19, Pryor averaged 15 points and nine rebounds, leading the Pioneers to an 18-3 record.
Pryor finished his high school career by being named All-Southeastern Conference Red, all-state honorable mention and as a member of the MLive.com Ann Arbor Area Dream Team.
As a junior, his first year at Pioneer after moving to Michigan from New Mexico, Pryor averaged 14 points and nine rebounds. He was a second-team selection to the MLive.com Ann Arbor-Area Dream Team that season.
Pryor is coached at Link Year Prep by former Boise State men’s basketball student-athlete Adam Donyes.
“Kasean is a long, athletic wing with huge upside,” Rice said. “He has a great combination of skill and feel not often seen in players his size. His game and body type is in the mold of James Webb and Derrick Alston, and he will be a tremendous fit in our system.”
Burke Smith | 6-11 | Center | Glen Allen, Va. | Trinity Episcopal School
Smith is a senior at Trinity Episcopal School in Richmond, Va. He helped the Titans to a combined record of 81-15 during his first three seasons, each culminating in a Virginia Prep League title.
Smith averaged 13 points and seven rebounds per game as a junior, earning All-VPL honors. His Titans went 20-11 last year, claiming the year-end league tournament championship. He plays for Team Richmond Garner Road Elite on the club circuit.
Rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports, the outlet also rates Smith as the No. 15 prospect in Virginia. Prep Hoops Virginia lists Smith among the top stretch big men in the state, listing him as one of the nine best shooting big men in Virginia.
“Burke is extremely skilled for his size and his age,” Rice said. “Our program has always looked for skilled bigs to play our style and he does three things at a really advanced level that fit that mold: he shoots with range; he puts the ball on the floor; and he’s a very good passer. With his love for the game and outstanding work ethic he has a bright future at Boise State.”