LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head men’s basketball coach Tim Duryea announced the addition of Dwayne Brown as a member of the Aggies’ 2017-18 recruiting class on Wednesday. Brown will join USU by way of Northern Oklahoma Tonkawa and will have two years of eligibility.
In addition, Duryea announced the return of a pair of signees from the 2014-15 class returning from LDS Church Missions, in Brock Miller and Crew Ainge. Both will have all four years of eligibility remaining for the Aggies.
Brown, a 6-foot-7, 220-pound wing, averaged 13.7 points (over 40 minutes) and 4.6 rebounds for the Mavericks last season in leading the team to an overall record of 26-7. Brown logged five or more rebounds 17 times during the year, including a season high of 11. Brown shot just under 50 percent (80-of-162) from the floor, 44.4 percent (8-of-18) from behind the 3-point line and 61.8 percent (34-of-55) from the free throw line.
Brown opened the 2016-17 season with a double-double performance of 11 points and 10 rebounds and then scored 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting in only 11 minutes of play in the second game of the season.
Brown prepped at Rockdale County High School in Conyers, Ga., where he averaged 13.1 points and 7.2 rebounds per game and led the Bulldogs to a 21-8 overall mark as a senior. Brown scored in double figures in all but five games as a senior and recorded a season-best 26 points in the season finale. On the boards, Brown recorded double-digit rebounds in eight games, including a season high of 16.
“Dwayne Brown is a versatile player with a 7-foot wing span who can play some three and play some stretch four,” Duryea said. “He’s a very good shooter off the bounce and is a good 3-point shooter, just a well-rounded player. He’s been very well coached at the junior college level and plays extremely hard.”
Miller, a 6-5, 195-pound shooting guard coming out of Brighton High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, averaged 18 points and six rebounds per game as a junior despite missing half the year with injuries. Miller’s return helped the Bengals advance to the Utah 5A State semifinals. Miller had one of his best games against Bingham HS earlier in the year where he poured in 35 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, marking one of seven games with 20 or more points. He continued to show his scoring ability, playing for USA basketball in the Albert Schweitzer games in the summer of 2014, where he was one of the top scorers in the tournament.
Miller averaged 22.3 points, 3.9 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 0.9 steals per game as a senior en route to earning first-team all-state honors by the Deseret News.
In addition to excelling on the court, Miller also succeeded in the classroom where he carried a 3.95 grade point average. Basketball is also in the Miller blood as a pair of siblings, Corbin and Brandon, have ties to Division I basketball. Corbin is currently a senior on the Harvard men’s basketball team and Brandon is a sophomore at Dixie State after playing one year at Utah. He is the son of Bret and Cathy Miller. Miller is currently serving in Argentina.
“Brock Miler is a big, versatile wing,” Duryea said. “He is a very good passer, good shooter with range and a very competitive basketball player. He has always been a winner and comes from a good basketball family and we had to beat some really good basketball programs to get Brock. We are very excited about him joining us this summer.”
Ainge, a 5-11 point guard, is the youngest son of Boston Celtics President of Basketball Operations Danny Ainge and attended Kimball Union Academy in New Hampshire, where he was second-team all-NEPSAC. Ainge was the No. 15 recruit in the state of New Hampshire, according to sources on the Internet, and played AAU ball with the New England Playaz.
Ainge’s best games during his senior year included a 35-point effort against Brewster Academy, where he shot 4-of-9 from behind the 3-point line and 15-of-17 from the free throw line. He also recorded a triple-double during the season, logging 11 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists against Holderness. Ainge is currently serving in Louisiana.
“Crew’s basketball knowledge is well beyond his years and he has been exposed to the game at a high level in his young life,” Duryea said when Ainge initially signed in 2014-15. “He can really run a team from the point guard position and he is excellent in the pick-and-roll game at making plays for his teammates or himself. Aggie fans will love Crew’s passion and competitiveness.”
Utah State will open its 2016-17 season on Friday, Nov. 11, traveling to UC Irvine to face the Anteaters at 8 p.m. (MT) in the Bren Events Center. It is the second season in a row that the Aggies have opened on the road. Overall, USU has won 21 of its last 22 season openers.
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