As potential minor league athletes look for ways to stand out, Thomas Bropleh can rest assured that his versatility on both ends of the floor undoubtedly helps him do just that.
At 6'5" and 200 pounds, Bropleh was looked at as more of a post player in high school. Once he arrived at Boise State, it turned out that, just by mere coincidence, he was still considered one of the bigger players on his new squad. As such, he has had plenty of experience "guarding up" (as New Orleans Pelicans' assistant coach Phil Weber likes to say), taking on taller and stronger fours and opposing forwards. In college, he was able to channel this experience into a positive, using it to his advantage when finally getting a chance to defend players, his size or smaller, once again. His tolerance was higher and his instincts were sharpened.
Bropleh played a key role for Boise State during his senior year in 2013-14, despite sporadic minutes throughout the season. He still averaged nearly 8 points on an ever efficient 47% from the field, 43% from deep, and a healthy 80% from the charity stripe. On offense, he's a very pure shooter who has the potential to make it rain from anywhere on the perimeter. He's certainly a solid threat, if nothing more.
Before heading off to play in Germany last season, the young gun earned praise and favor from his collegiate coaching staff for his consistency, hard work ethic, and determination while playing through an injury. Take a look at the video below for more.
Bropleh's respective prowess is once again garnering him heavy fanfare amongst D-League executives across the league. He is in fact eligible for selection in this coming Saturday's NBADL Draft, a source confirmed with RidiculousUpside.com. What's more, he's regarded as a higher draft pick, perhaps in the first couple of rounds.
He has the size and efficiency, but the numbers simply do not add up. That said, the way his Boise State coaches discuss what he's all about, it's definitely easy to see that he could easily realize what his niche is in the D-League.
Bropleh averaged 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds in Pro A Germany last season in his first year as a professional.