April 16, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's men's basketball team continued its recent trend of inking junior college All-Americans as head coach Stew Morrill announced Wednesday the signing of Jared Quayle (Perry, Utah) to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2008-09 season.
Quayle, a 6-2, 180-pound guard from Western Wyoming Community College in Rock Springs, Wyo., earned second-team National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American honors as a sophomore as he finished fifth in the nation in scoring with 24.4 points per game.
Other junior college All-Americans to sign with Utah State under Morrill include current Aggie Gary Wilkinson who was a two-time NJCAA All-American at Salt Lake Community College, and Chaz Spicer who was a first-team NJCAA All-American at Kankakee Community College in Illinois.
"Jared Quayle will bring a lot of positives to our program," said Morrill. "He is a versatile player that can score, pass and handle the basketball. He is also a high-character guy that will take great pride in playing at Utah State. I expect him to have an immediate impact and to have two very productive years as an Aggie."
During his one season at Western Wyoming Community College, Quayle led the Mustangs to a 25-8 record and a first-place tie in the Wyoming Community College Athletic Conference. In addition to scoring 24.4 points per game, he also averaged 7.8 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.4 steals, and shot 51.2 percent from the field (253-494), 50.0 percent from three-point range (67-134) and 76.7 percent from the free throw line (158-206).
"It has always been a dream of mine to play at Utah State and it will be a great opportunity for me to improve as a basketball player," said Quayle. "I'm excited to play for Coach Morrill because he is an intense coach and I know he will make me a better player. Utah State is a great program and the expectations are very high, and I look forward to contributing any way I can."
Along with being a junior college All-American, Quayle was also named the Region 9 Player of the Year and selected to his conference's all-defensive team. As a sophomore he scored in double-figures in all 30 games, including a career-high 47 points against the College of Eastern Utah as he was 13-of-18 from the field, 7-of-8 from three-point range and 14-of-16 from the free throw line. Quayle scored 20-plus points 19 times during the season, 30-plus points six times and 40 or more points three times. He also notched nine double-doubles on the year, including recording 14 rebounds against both Casper College and Sheridan College.
"Jared will do a great job at Utah State because he is a gym rat and one of the hardest working players I have ever coached," said Western Wyoming Community College head coach Trace Bevell. "He is an explosive and athletic player that can score in bunches and I think he will be a very good WAC player."
Quayle, who served a two-year LDS Church Mission in Sacramento, Calif., prepped at Box Elder High School in Brigham City, Utah where he led the Bees to the 4A state championship game in 2003 and was named a first-team all-state selection by the Salt Lake Tribune along with earning Region 4 Most Valuable Player honors. As a prep senior he averaged approximately 17.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game.
Quayle began his collegiate career at the College of Eastern Utah during the 2003-04 season.
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