LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball will appear on national television eight times this coming season, as announced by the Mountain West offices on Thursday. The Aggies will be seen on the ESPN family of networks and AT&T Sports Net (formerly ROOT Sports) three times apiece and have singular appearances on the Mountain West Network on Stadium and the CBS Sports Network during the year.
Utah State’s television appearances begin on Saturday, Dec. 2, when the Aggies host BYU in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, airing on AT&T Sports Net. Other AT&T Sports Net games include at UNLV on Saturday, Jan. 6, and at home against Boise State on Saturday, Feb. 10. All of the games on AT&T Sports Net are scheduled to tip at 7 p.m., local time.
The Aggies will appear on the ESPN family of networks in games at San Diego State on Saturday, Dec. 30, at Nevada on Saturday, Jan. 13, and at home in the regular season finale against UNLV on Saturday, March 3. The game against the Runnin’ Rebels is scheduled for 7 p.m., however tip times for the games at San Diego State and Nevada are not yet set and will be announced in the coming weeks.
Utah State will appear on the Mountain West Network on Stadium in its game at Boise State on Wednesday, Jan. 17, with a start time to be announced at a later date. The Aggies make an appearance on CBS Sports Network against Nevada on Saturday, Feb. 17, hosting the Wolf Pack in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum in an afternoon matinée beginning at 4 p.m.
Utah State is entering its fifth year in the Mountain West in 2017-18 and returns seven letterwinners, including four returning starters from last season. In the mix is 2016-17 Mountain West Freshman of the Year Koby McEwen, who finished second on the team with 14.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game. The total was the most since Jaycee Carroll averaged 14.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game as a freshman during the 2004-05 season.
Joining McEwen in arguably the best one-two punch in the backcourt in the MW is Sam Merrill, who wrapped up his freshman year third on the team in scoring with 9.4 points per game and led the Aggies with 98 assists, finishing seventh in the nation with an assist to turnover ratio of 3.27. Senior guard Julion Pearre and sophomore guard Diogo Brito also return in the USU backcourt, providing depth and experience.
Utah State returns the entirety of its frontcourt in senior Alex Dargenton, and juniors Norbert Janicek and Quinn Taylor, who appeared in every game for the Aggies last season. Dargenton led USU with 34 blocks last season and finished third on the team with 4.7 rebounds per contest.
The squad will also benefit in the return of three redshirts in freshmen forwards Klay Stall and Daron Henson, and freshman guard Abel Porter. That group will be joined by five newcomers in junior college transfers Dwayne Brown, Jr., and DeAngelo Isby, who will enter as juniors and have two years to play, and freshmen Brock Miller, Crew Ainge and Justin Bean, who are returning from LDS Church missions.
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