LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men’s basketball will be represented by head coach Tim Duryea and seniors Jalen Moore and Shane Rector at the annual Mountain West basketball media day in Las Vegas, Nev., on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The event will take place at the Renaissance Hotel and will include interviews from various print, radio and television media throughout the day.
The Mountain West will release preseason all-MW teams and other awards, in addition to its yearly preseason prognostications as part of the day.
Fans can follow the happenings of MW Media Day through utahstateaggies.com and the varied social media channels for the Aggies. Additionally, the Mountain West Network will stream a 2016-17 season preview of all 11 teams in the conference from 9 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. (MT), with Utah State set to appear from 11 to 11:20 a.m. (MT).
Utah State returns four letterwinners, including three starters, from a team that went 16-15 and advanced to the Mountain West Tournament quarterfinals in 2015-16. The group includes Moore and Rector, junior guard Julion Pearre and sophomore forward Quinn Taylor, who all appeared in every game for the Aggies last season. Moore led Utah State in scoring and rebounding for the second consecutive year, averaging 15.2 points and 6.0 rebounds per game. Moore could become just the third player in Utah State history to lead the team in scoring and rebounding for three years, joining Greg Grant (1982-84, 1985-86) and Marvin Roberts (1968-71).
Rector started in 12 games last season, including the final two games in the Mountain West Tournament, and recorded career-high numbers during the Aggies’ tournament run. Rector ended the season with 24 points against Wyoming in the first round of the tournament and seven assists against San Diego State in the MW quarterfinals.
Pearre recorded nine starts last season and finished fifth on the team with 8.0 points per game. Taylor tallied 12 starts during the year and averaged 4.2 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.
Utah State also returns two players that are familiar with Aggie basketball, in redshirt sophomore Alexis Dargenton and senior wing Connor Garner. Dargenton spent the 2015-16 season as a redshirt after transferring from Laramie County Community College and Garner has been a manager and a member of the scout team for the past three seasons.
The 2016-17 roster is then filled by nine newcomers, including transfers Ngor Barnaba and Norbert Janicek and freshmen Koby McEwen, Klay Stall, Sam Merrill, Daron Henson, Diogo Brito, Abel Porter and Trevin Dorius.
Barnaba, a 6-foot-8 forward, will have two years to play after transferring from Missouri State West Plains, where he led the Grizzlies with 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds last season. Janicek, a 6-11 big, will have three years to play after transferring from Snow College, leading the Badgers with 15.6 points and 6.2 rebounds per game.
McEwen, Merrill, Brito and Porter will provide depth at the guard spot, Henson on the wing and Stall and Dorius at the post.
Utah State will host a lone exhibition game against Southern Virginia on Friday, Nov. 4, before opening the 2016-17 season at UC Irvine on Friday, Nov. 11. The Aggies will host their home opener against NJIT on Monday, Nov. 14.
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