Tai Wesley Tabbed America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week

Dec. 30, 2008

LOGAN, Utah - Utah State men's basketball player Tai Wesley has been tabbed the America First Credit Union Utah State Student-Athlete of the Week for the period ending on Sunday, Dec. 28. The award is voted on by a state-wide media panel.

Wesley, a sophomore forward from Provo, Utah, scored 18 points, including the game-winning basket with 0.1 seconds remaining to propel Utah State to a 66-64 win against in-state rival Utah. Wesley, who had 17 second-half points, scored the final four points for the Aggies following a pair of offensive rebounds. Wesley finished the game shooting 6-of-10 from the field and 6-of-8 from the free throw line. He added four rebounds, two assists, one block and one steal in the contest.

This is the first Utah State Athlete of the Week honor this season for Wesley but the third for his career after earning the accolade twice last year (Dec. 17 and Jan. 7).

Wesley becomes the third different men's basketball player in as many weeks to garner the honor, after Gary Wilkinson on Dec. 15 and Jared Quayle on Dec. 22.

Wesley and the Aggies blasted Howard, 85-45, Monday night in the Duel in the Desert, sponsored by Gossner Foods and will take on Houston Baptist on Tuesday at 8 p.m., after Howard faces Wyoming at 5:30 p.m. On Wednesday, Howard meets Houston Baptist at 5:30 p.m. followed by Utah State clashing with Wyoming at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the Duel in the Desert, sponsored by Gossner Foods are available online 24 hours a day at www.UtahStateAggies.com and clicking on "tickets" in left column, by phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or (435) 797-0305, or visiting the USU Athletics Ticket Office in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

Nominees from other sports included:

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL - Senior guard Danyelle Snelgro (Altadena, Calif.) scored a career-high 19 points in Utah State's 44-41 road win against Weber State on Dec. 22. Snelgro played 40 minutes as the Aggies recorded their second road win of the season. Overall, Snelgro shot 8-of-12 from the field and 2-of-3 from behind the arc, to go along with five rebounds, one block and one steal.



2008-09 Utah State Athlete of the Week Winners
Sept. 1 - Jessie Chugg, Cross Country
Sept. 8 - Shantel Flanary, Soccer
Sept. 15 - Melissa Osterloh, Volleyball
Sept. 22 - Diondre Borel, Football
Sept. 29 - Christine Morrill, Volleyball
Oct. 6 - Ben Kessen, Cross Country
Oct. 13 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Oct. 20 - Sydne Porter, Soccer
Oct. 27 - Candice Clark, Soccer
Nov. 3 - Diondre Borel, Football & Jason Holt, Cross Country
Nov. 10 - Lauren Hansen, Soccer
Nov. 17 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball
Nov. 24 - Ana Pares, Women's Basketball
Dec. 1 - Ben Calderwood, Football
Dec. 8 - Lydia Whitehead, Women's Basketball
Dec. 15 - Gary Wilkinson, Men's Basketball
Dec. 22 - Jared Quayle, Men's Basketball
Dec. 29 - Tai Wesley, Men's Basketball

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