Nov. 16, 2012
LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced Friday that high school standouts Jalen Moore and Carson Shanks have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Aggies in the 2013-14 season, while Kyle Davis will transfer from Southern Utah. Moore and Shanks will have four years of eligibility for the Aggies while Davis will have three.
Davis is a 6-7 forward from Draper, Utah, and is transferring to USU from Southern Utah upon finishing his LDS Church Mission in Michigan. As a freshman at SUU, he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 rebounds per game on the season, including 11 points and six rebounds per game in conference action. Davis played at Alta High School, where he led the Hawks to the 5A state title and was named tournament MVP to go with his Utah 5A MVP, Utah Player of the Year and region four MVP honors. As a prep senior, Davis averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game.
"Kyle has already proven he can play at the Division I level and his best days are ahead of him," Morrill said. "He is a skilled, active four man, which is so essential in our offensive schemes. Kyle is exactly what we look for at his position. He also comes from a great family, which means he has the maturity and character to be successful."
Moore is a 6-7 wing, who is a local product from Smithfield, Utah, where he averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game as a junior at Sky View High School. Last season, Moore earned all-region and second-team all-state honors, in helping the Bobcats to the co-region title, and a berth in the 4A state tournament. Moore also plays for the Pump N' Run AAU team, leading them to the Las Vegas Live Tournament title this past summer. Moore also competes on the Sky View track & field team, where he was the state runner-up in the high jump at the 4A state championships as a sophomore. He is the son of Jimmy Moore, who played basketball at USU from 1972-75, and still ranks 24th all-time in school history with 1,164 career points and No. 15 all-time in rebounds with 652. Jimmy Moore is currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics.
"Jalen has a very bright future as an Aggie. He is a long, athletic wing with excellent skills. Jalen is a high character young man because of the things he was taught at home. As he gains strength, his game will continue to grow and Aggie fans will love seeing a hometown kid develop and be successful," Morrill said.
Shanks is a 7-0 center from Prior Lake, Minn., where he posted 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game at Prior Lake High School as a junior. Last season, Shanks helped the Lakers to the Minnesota Section 2AAAA semi-finals. Shanks was ranked the 77th-best center in the nation by ESPN.com following his junior season.
"Carson is a size guy that has made huge strides as a player and will continue to grow because of an excellent work ethic," Morrill said. "He has good hands and all the ingredients to become another in a long line of great Aggie post players. Carson fits our system and comes from a quality family that gave him the character he needs to excel at the Division I level."
USU will take on Saint Mary's Thursday night at 7 p.m. (MT) at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.
In addition to single-game and season tickets being on sale, the Utah State Athletics Ticket Office has five different ticket packages for fans that want to watch men's basketball games this season but are unable to attend every game. Fans can choose from a West Coast Package, Saturday Package, Aggie Football/Basketball Doubleheader Package, Gossner Tournament Package and a WAC Package.
To order a package or for more 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.
Utah State men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 season are also on sale at the USU Ticket Office. Ticket prices are $230 in non-priority areas and $220 in priority areas, which have 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.
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 or on facebook at Utah State University Athletics.
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