Men’s basketball lands Las Vegas commit
Nick Blair, a 6-foot-5 small forward for Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas, has given a verbal commitment to play basketball for the Vandals. He announced his commitment on Twitter Wednesday. Blair has a composite rating of three stars on 247Sports after averaging 11 points and five rebounds per game as a senior in 2014-2015. With the recent transfer of Idaho’s Sekou Wiggs from the program, there could be an opportunity for Blair to play right away next season.
Outdoor track and field polls released
The Big Sky released the Preseason Coaches Polls Friday for the conference’s men’s and women’s outdoor track and field teams. Both Idaho teams were selected to finish 12th out of the 12 teams in the conference. In the men’s poll, 2014 champion Northern Arizona was picked first with 140 total points and 10 first-place votes. Sacramento State came out on top on the women’s side with 133 points and seven first-place votes.
“After where we finished during the indoor season, I think this is a pretty accurate representation,” Idaho coach Tim Cawley said. “I don’t worry too much about the numbers. We focus more on the process and getting better every day. We will worry about the end of the season when it comes.”
Marx named player of the week
A stellar week by No. 2 singles and No. 1 doubles player Emmie Marx of the Idaho women’s tennis team earned her Big Sky Player of the Week honors. The senior from Mossel Bay, South Africa, went undefeated over the weekend in singles play and doubles play with partner Galina Bykova to lead Idaho to victories over Southern Utah and Northern Arizona. She improved to 12-4 overall and 7-1 in singles play with the wins.
“Emmie has made a positive impact on our program since she first arrived here,” Idaho coach Mariana Cobra said. “She has been working very hard and is very deserving of this honor from the conference.”