April 24, 2014
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball capped the 2013-14 season with a team-only dinner Wednesday night to honor the 2013-14 edition of USU Aggie men's basketball and present team awards.
USU head coach Stew Morrill presented the team honors, as voted on by the players, with senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield being chosen for the H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player Award, which is named in honor of the late H. Cecil Baker who played at Utah State from 1923-25 and later coached at USU from 1951-61. It is the second year in a row that Butterfield has earned the honor.
Junior center Jordan Stone was named the team's Best Defensive award. Senior guard Preston Medlin was honored with the Best Represents Aggie Basketball Award, also his second-straight season of earning the accolade. Senior forward Sean Harris was presented with the Most Inspirational Award.
Utah State ended the season with an 18-14 overall and 7-11 Mountain West record in USU's first season in the league. The seven conference wins were the most of any of the five newest teams to the league in their first season, topping Boise State's three wins in its first season in the league in 2011-12, as well as Fresno State's five wins and Nevada's three wins in their first seasons of 2012-13, along with San José State's one win this season.
USU senior guard/forward Spencer Butterfield and senior center Jarred Shaw earned honorable mention all-Mountain West accolades. The Aggies have had at least one player earn all-conference honors of some sort in each of the last nine years and this is the seventh time in the last nine years that multiple USU players have earned all-conference accolades. Overall, it is the 20th time since 1979 that the Aggies have had more than one player on the all-conference honors list.
The Aggie duo of Butterfield and Shaw are the first USU players to earn two all-conference honors since Tai Wesley earned all-WAC accolades in 2010 and 2011. USU men's basketball players have earned 33 all-conference honors under head coach Stew Morrill.
Utah State finished the season second in the NCAA statistics in three-point percentage as part of four top 20 marks as the final NCAA statistics. USU made 40.6 percent (220-of-542) of its three-pointers, to rank second behind national-leader Creighton's 41.4 percent. Utah State was also 12th in assists per game (15.9), 18th in rebounding margin (5.8) and 19th in assist-turnover margin. The Aggies were also 36th in total assists (510), 38th in three-point field goal percentage defense (.313), 42nd in fewest turnovers (353), 48th in free throw percentage (.734) and 56th in turnovers per game (11.0).
Individually, senior guard Preston Medlin was 15th in assist-turnover margin (2.93), while senior center Jarred Shaw was 35th in defensive rebounds per game (6.33) and 73rd in overall rebounds per game (8.3), as well as 93rd in double-doubles (8). Sophomore forward Kyle Davis was 35th in defensive rebounds per game (6.3).
Utah State's final regular-season RPI of 120 in the final RPI rankings released April 23. USU had a strength of schedule of 102. The Mountain West had a final RPI of 10.
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Utah State Team Honors
H. Cecil Baker Most Valuable Player - Spencer Butterfield
Most Inspirational - Sean Harris
Best Defensive Player - Jordan Stone
Best Represents Aggie Basketball - Preston Medlin
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