Cody Butler was on the road again, heading into Seattle Prep’s gym to watch a recent girls game between the Panthers and Franklin.
So while asking the former Yakima Valley women’s coach how things were going at Boise State, where he is an assistant to Broncos women’s coach Gordy Presnell, I also asked about Kinzi Poteet.
A standout basketball and volleyball player at Grandview, Poteet figured to be a senior mainstay on this season’s Boise State team, having been the only Bronco to start all 31 games last year.
But a look at the stats for this season on BSU’s website had no mention of the 6-foot-1 senior forward.
It turns out that Poteet suffered an ACL injury last summer and is redshirting this season. Butler said another starter, point guard Keihanna Engel, sustained a similar injury several weeks ago.
He also said that Brandi Henton, who played briefly but spectacularly last season for the Yaks before incurring a season-ending injury, is improving at Boise State as she regains confidence in her surgically-repaired knee and increases her stamina.
He also reported that his first season as a BSU assistant is going well, that Presnell has given him considerable responsibility and has been receptive to Butler’s suggestions.
Boise State is 4-3 going into Friday night’s home game with Eastern Washington.
And there’s considerable excitement around the Idaho state capital regarding coach Leon Rice’s Boise State men, especially since the Broncos almost beat Michigan State on the road before upsetting 11th-ranked Creighton last week.
Butler said a Dec. 14 game with LSU might well sell out the Broncos’ 12,380-seat Taco Bell Arena. The BSU men are 6-2.
Neither Boise State team has started play in the Mountain West Conference.