Nov. 12, 2008
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Wednesday that Nate Bendall (Salt Lake City, Utah) has signed a National Letter of Intent to rejoin the Aggie program beginning in the 2009-2010 season. Bendall will have two years of eligibility at USU.
Bendall, a 6-8, 245-pound forward, is currently a sophomore at Salt Lake Community College and is averaging 17.5 points and 5.5 rebounds through two games this year. In SLCC's season opener, he scored 25 points going 8-of-11 from the field and 9-of-13 from the free throw line.
"We are delighted that Nate Bendall will be rejoining our program," said Morrill. "Nate is a skilled post player with great work habits and very strong character. With Gary Wilkinson being a senior, we expect Nate to step right in and play a lot of basketball for the Aggies. There is no question that it will help that he has been here and understands our system. This fills a huge need for our program."
As a freshman at Utah State during the 2005-06 season, Bendall averaged 2.4 points and 1.5 rebounds in 13 games, while shooting 72.2 percent from the field (13-18). Following the 2005-06 campaign, Bendall served a one-year LDS Service Mission in Nauvoo, Ill.
"Being familiar with Coach Morrill's system and the program as a whole was a big factor in why I decided to come back to Utah State," said Bendall. "Coach Morrill has a great history with big men and I know what he likes his post players to do. Overall, I know what I am getting into and it just feels like a good fit for me."
Bendall prepped at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City where he earned first-team all-state honors. As a senior, he averaged nearly 18 points and nine rebounds, and shot 54 percent from the field and 78 percent from the free throw line as he led Skyline to an 18-5 record and to the semifinals of the 5A state tournament.
Along with Utah State, Bendall was also being recruited by Boise State, Colorado State, Montana and Montana State.
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