Boise State F Abu Kigab returning for 2021-22 season

Boise State F Abu Kigab returning for 2021-22 season

Boise State forward Abu Kigab announced Monday that he will return to the program next season.

Kigab was the second-leading scorer and rebounder for the Broncos when he averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds in 25 games this past season. He also had 31 steals and a team-high 22 blocked shots while earning second-team All-Mountain West honors.

Kigab considered declaring for the NBA draft but a shoulder injury he suffered in the regular season final on March 2 against Fresno State derailed that possibility.

Instead, he will take advantage of the NCAA “free year” rule that gives players an extra season of eligibility due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“I am extremely excited to announce my return to Boise State University for my final chapter of eligibility,” Kigab said during his announcement on various social-media sites. “The mission remains the same: win at all costs.”

Boise State coach Leon Rice is happy to have a possible go-to scorer return for another campaign.

“Abu’s presence has elevated this program from the day he got here,” Rice said in a news release. “I am thrilled he has chosen to finish what he started with us and put his trust in our program to help him reach his goals, while committing to being a part of a special team next year.”

Kigab spent his first two seasons at Oregon and averaged 1.8 points in 45 appearances before transferring to Boise State.

The 6-foot-7 former four-start recruit by ESPN, averaged 11.1 points and 3.6 rebounds in 20 games (18 starts) as a junior before starting 25 games last season.

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