Nov. 14, 2013
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced the signings of two junior college players, Chris Smith and Darius Perkins on Thursday.
"Chris has excellent size as a perimeter player, which will allow him to play either wing position in our program," Morrill said. "He is an excellent shooter and scorer, and a very solid defender. We expect Chris to be an impact player right away and love that he fits in our system."
Perkins is a 6-1 guard from Fort Myers, Fla., and joins Utah State from Miami Dade College.
"Darius is a strong combo guard who has a very good feel for the game," Morrill said. "Two of his many attributes are his ability to shoot the ball and his love of playing defense. He has the talent to be an excellent Mountain West Conference guard."
Smith and Perkins bump USU's 2013-14 signing class to six players, joining freshmen guards Henry Bolton, Sam Merrill, Julion Pearre and forward David Collette.
Through the first three games of this season at Yuba, Smith is averaging 26.0 points and 7.0 rebounds per game, helping the 49ers to a runner-up finish at the San Francisco City College Tournament.
Last season, Smith earned all-Bay Area honors after he averaged 15 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game, while shooting 53.0 percent from the field, including 42.0 percent from three-point range, as well as 80.0 percent at the free throw line.
As a prep standout at Center High School in Antelope, Calif., Smith averaged 21.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.3 blocks per game, helping the Cougars to a 23-9 overall and 7-3 league record. Smith shot 49.6 percent (204-of-411) from the field, including 38.9 percent (49-of-126) from three-point range during his senior season.
Smith is the son of Pete and Darlene Smith. His father, Pete, played at Sacramento State from 1978-79. Smith intends on majoring in business at Utah State.
Perkins averaged 18.8 points, 3.0 rebounds and 3.0 assists per game last season at Miami Dade College. He shot 50.0 percent from the field, as well as 48.0 percent from behind the arc and 77.0 percent at the free throw line.
He was a prep standout at Chaminade-Madonna Prep School in Hollywood, Fla., averaging 21.6 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.1 steals per game during his career there. Perkins earned first-team all-Class 3A all-state honors, along with being named the all-district player of the year and the team MVP. He shot 63.5 percent (73-of-115) from the field, in addition to 58.1 percent (25-of-43) from behind the three-point arc as a senior, finishing his career shooting 61.1 percent (237-of-388) from the field and 61.7 percent (82-of-133) from three-point range.
Perkins is one of five children of Margaret Smith and Antonio Perkins. He intends on majoring in business administration at USU.
The current Aggies are 2-0 so far this season and hits the road for the first time this season, heading to Santa Barbara, Calif., to take on UC Santa Barbara on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 8 p.m. (MT). The Aggies return home to host SEC-opponent Mississippi State on Saturday, Nov. 23.
USU men's basketball single-game, multi-game and season tickets are on sale. All single-game tickets will go on sale two weeks prior to each game. Single-game tickets will cost $18 for non-priority and $20 for priority, as well as $25 for premium games against Mississippi State (Nov. 23), BYU (Nov. 30 in Salt Lake City) and UNLV (Feb. 15).
USU men's basketball season ticket renewals and new season tickets are also still on sale. Season tickets start at $230 and they include all 20 home games as well as the BYU game at EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City on Nov. 30. Big Blue Scholarship Fund per seat commitment fees apply, ranging from $100-$900 per seat in addition to ticket cost.
Family Plans are also available for purchase at $800 (two adults and three Jr Aggies). Please be aware that there is a limit of one Family Plan per household.
To order a package or for more Aggie men's basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum or online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com.
Fans can follow the Aggie men's basketball program at twitter.com/AggieHoops. USU fans can also follow the Utah State athletic program at twitter.com/USUAthletics, on facebook at Utah State University Athletics or on instagram at instagram.com/USUAthletics.
Utah State Men's Basketball 2013-14 Signing Class
David Collette - FR - F - Murray, Utah - Murray High School
Sam Merrill - FR - G - Bountiful, Utah - Bountiful High School
Henry Bolton - FR - G - Portsmouth, R.I. - St. Andrews School
Julion Pearre - FR - G - McKinney, Texas - McKinney North High School
Darius Perkins - JR - G - Fort Myers, Fla. - Chaminade-Madonna Prep School/ Miami Dade College
Chris Smith - JR - G - Sacramento, Calif. - Center High School/Yuba Community College
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