Utah State Men’s Basketball Announces 2018-19 Signing Class
Nov. 9, 2017

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head men’s basketball coach Tim Duryea has announced the additions of two signees to the squad in Roche Grootfaam and Steven Ashworth.

Grootfaam, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound forward from the College of Southern Idaho, will have two years to play for Utah State, following a two-year career with the Golden Eagles. Last season, Grootfaam appeared in 26 games for CSI, averaging 4.1 points and 3.5 rebounds per game and starting in each of the final 14 contests of the year. Grootfaam scored in double figures two times during the season, recording season highs of 11 points against Hillcrest Prep and Snow College, and shot a team-best 63.5 percent (47-of-74) from the floor. Additionally, Grootfaam recorded season highs of seven rebounds (three times), three steals, and three blocks (two times). Through two games this season, Grootfaam is averaging 7.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game and is second on the team with two blocks.

“Roche is a very solid, athletic and strong and physically ready to play right away,” Duryea said. “He’s going to have to make the transition like everyone else to this level, but physically he is a ready-made product. He is a very good defender and rebounder and understands what he is offensively. He’s got a great opportunity to contribute right away because of how thin we are on the front line.”

Ashworth, a three-year starter at Lone Peak High School in Alpine, Utah, is anticipated to depart on an LDS Church mission prior to enrolling at Utah State and will join the team for the 2020-21 season. Ashworth, a 6-0, 160-pound point guard, started in all but two games for the Knights during his junior year, averaging 13.9 points, 6.9 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 2.5 steals per game. The Knights advanced to the Utah 5A state finals last season, falling to Bingham in the championship game. During the year, Ashworth scored in double figures in all but three games and surpassed 20 points five times, including a season-high 24 points against Lynwood (Calif.). He logged double-digit rebounds in four games, including a season-high 12 against Jordan HS, and had double-digit assists in five contests, including a season-high 16 against George Washington (Colo.). Ashworth recorded a season-high five steals in a game against Pleasant Grove HS and had at least one steal in all but three games during the year. In all, Ashworth has recorded 12 double-doubles during his high school career.


 

 

“Steven is a guy with a lot of upside,” Duryea said. “He’s got a chance to grow physically. He’s already got tremendous basketball intangibles in basketball instincts, basketball toughness and basketball skill. He fills up a stat sheet in every high school game he plays in terms of points, rebounds, assists, steals and deflections. He is a true winner in every sense of the word. The fact that he won’t be here until 2020 gives him some time to mature physically and I think we got a diamond in the rough there.”

Utah State will open its 2017-18 season this week at Weber State on Friday, Nov. 10, at 7 p.m. The Aggies will then host Montana State in the home opener on Monday, Nov. 13, at 7 p.m.

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-USU-

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