Team Huddle
Utah State Picked Fifth In MW Preseason Poll

Utah State men's basketball has been picked fifth in the 2013-14 Mountain West Conference Preseason Media Poll, as selected by a voting panel comprised of Conference media and announced Oct. 8 at the league's preseason media days, held at the league office in Colorado Springs, Colo.

The Aggies are in their inaugural season in the Mountain West after eight seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. Last year's USU squad began the season with a 14-1 mark, but lost all three of its returning starters to season-ending injuries by mid-season, as the Aggies finished 21-10 overall and 11-7 in WAC play.

The 2013-14 USU men's basketball roster consists of 16 players, including eighth returning lettermen, including four returning starters from last season in senior guard Preston Medlin, senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield, senior center Jarred Shaw and sophomore guard Marcel Davis. The other returning lettermen include junior forward Danny Berger, junior forward Ben Clifford, senior guard TeNale Roland and junior center Jordan Stone.

returning players

Marcel Davis Marcel Davis
One of five Aggies to play in all 31 games... Came off bench in first six games of season then started the remaining 25 games of the year... Averaged 7.1 points, 3.3 assists, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 steals per game while seeing 27.3 minutes of action per contest

Ben Clifford Ben Clifford
One of five Aggies to play in all 31 games, making 16 starts... Averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in playing 20.4 minutes per game... Ranked 12th in the WAC overall in blocks (0.68), as well as ranking ninth in WAC only games (0.94)

Jarred Shaw Jarred Shaw
Played in all 31 games, one of five Aggies to do so, and made 30 starts... Led the team and ranked sixth in the WAC with 14.2 points per game, while also averaging 8.4 rebounds per game, also leading the team and ranking third in the league and 71st in the nation... Posted a 53.9 percent field goal percentage (179-of-332)

Preston Medlin Preston Medlin
Ranks fifth all-time at Utah State in three-point shooting at 41.3 percent... Ranks seventh all-time at USU in both three-point field goals made (143) and attempted (346)... Needs 30 points to reach the 1,000 career points plateau, and would become the 36th player in USU history to do so.

TeNale Roland TeNale Roland
One of five Aggies to play in all 31 games and made seven starts... Averaged 6.1 points, 2.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in playing 21.7 minutes per contest... Shot 38.9 percent from the field (65-of-167), including 36.4 percent from three-point range (32-of-88), ranking third on team in both three-pointers made and three-point percentage, as well as ranking ninth in the WAC in three-point field goal percentage

Spencer Butterfield Spencer Butterfield
Earned second-team all-WAC honors and named to WAC all-newcomer team... Named the WAC Player of the Week on both Feb. 11 and March 10... Started 24 of 29 games played... Averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in playing 29.3 minutes per contest... Made 49.8 percent from the field (120-of-241)


2012-13 stats

Team Statistics
SCORING 2134 1971
Points per game 68.8 63.6
Scoring margin +5.3 -
FIELD GOALS-ATT 750-1598 705-1711
Field goal pct .469 .412
3 POINT FG-ATT 178-500 220-652
3-point FG pct .356 .337
3-pt FG made per game 5.7 7.1
FREE THROWS-ATT 456-631 341-515
Free throw pct .723 .662
F-Throws made per game 14.7 11.0
REBOUNDS 1162 880
Rebounds per game 37.5 28.4
Rebounding margin +9.1 -
ASSISTS 455 430
Assists per game 14.7 13.9
Turnovers per game 13.2 9.5
Turnover margin -3.7 -
Assist/turnover ratio 0.8 0.9
STEALS 150 213
Steals per game 4.8 6.9
BLOCKS 125 87
Blocks per game 4.0 2.8
ATTENDANCE 142863 51998
Home games-Avg/Game 18-7937 12-4225
Neutral site-Avg/Game - 1-1293