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  • USU Men’s Basketball Commences Practice Tuesday

    first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-With the official advent of autumn, Utah State men’s basketball is conducting its first practice of the season Tuesday.The Aggies return an abundance of talent, including the reigning Mountain West Conference player of the year in senior guard Sam Merrill, a product of Bountiful High School, and Portuguese national sophomore center Neemias Queta. Queta is the reigning Mountain West defensive player of the year.Furthermore, head coach Craig Smith is the Mountain West’s reigning coach of the year as the Aggies went 28-7 (.800) in his first season at the helm in Logan.Merrill posted 20.9 points and 4.2 assists per game last season and is on pace to become the fourth Aggie in program history to surpass 2,000 points for his career. Nema recorded a school-record 84 blocks and posted 8.9 rebounds per game last season.The Aggies also return Nema’s fellow Portuguese national in senior guard Diego Brito (8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds per game last season) and sophomore forward Justin Bean, who posted 4.1 points and 3.8 boards per contest in spot duty in 2018-19.The Aggies will host NAIA foe College of Idaho October 30 and then welcome Big Sky Conference member Montana State to the Spectrum November 5 when the regular season officially commences. Tags: College of Idaho/Craig Smith/Diego Brito/Justin Bean/Montana State/Neemias Queta/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketball September 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Commences Practice Tuesday Brad Jameslast_img read more