Utah State head basketball coach Stew Morrill announces fall signing class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Nov. 10 2011 10:00 p.m. MST

LOGAN -- Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Thursday four players who have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2012. Among the group is junior college transfer Sean Harris, and high school standouts Quincy Bair, Riley Bradshaw and Marcel Davis.

“This is a class that brings talent and high character to our program,” said Morrill. “They will represent Utah State in the first-class manner that is expected. The proof is in the pudding, but we expect to look back and feel good about this group.”

Bair, a 6-foot-5, 180-pound guard/forward, is currently a senior at American Fork High School. As a junior, Bair earned first-team all-state honors from both The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News as he averaged 12.9 points and 5.3 rebounds in helping the Cavemen to a 22-5 record.

During his junior season, Bair scored in double-figures 19 times and had 20-plus points in three of those contests, including a career-high 25 points against Sierra Vista (Nev.) High School. Bair also had two double-doubles during the season as he grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds versus Bingham High School.

Bair, who also played for the Utah Pump N’ Run AAU team that advanced to the semifinals of the Adidas Super 64 last summer, averaged 9.9 points and scored in double-figures nine times as a sophomore.

“Quincy is an outstanding athlete with high potential,” Morrill stated. “He certainly has the tools to be successful at our level. The key to his future will be the continued development of his skills. We are excited about the attributes Quincy brings to our program.”

Bradshaw, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, is currently a senior at Corvallis (Mont.) High School. As a junior, Bradshaw was named the Southwestern A Conference MVP along with earning first-team all-state honors as he averaged approximately 25.0 points, 8.0 assists and 7.0 rebounds per game.

During his junior year, he scored a career-high 41 points against Stevensville High School, as he was 6-of-7 from three-point range and 11-for-13 from the free throw line. Bradshaw was ranked the 50th-best point guard in the nation by ESPN.com following his junior season.

Bradshaw was also named the MVP of the Southwestern A Conference following a sophomore season where he averaged nearly 23.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game, and he earned first-team all-Southwestern A Conference honors as a freshman as he averaged almost 15.0 points per game.

“Riley is a combo guard in that he can play both the point and shooting guard positions,” Morrill said. “He has a scorer’s mentality along with a determination and toughness that coaches love. Riley believes he can play the game and we agree totally. No question that he is a great addition.”

Davis, a 6-2, 180-pound guard, is also a senior at American Fork High School and earned first-team all-state honors from both The Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News last season after leading the Cavemen to a 22-5 record including a 10-2 league mark.

During his junior season, Davis averaged 12.0 points, 4.9 assists, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 steals per game, while scoring in double-figures 17 times and posted 20-plus points in three different games including a career-high 25 points against Hillcrest High School. Davis, who is ranked as the 27th-best overall prospect on the West Coast by ESPN.com, ended his season with 17 points and a career-high 12 rebounds against Lone Peak High School in the championship game of the 5A tournament.

Davis averaged 9.3 points, 4.6 assists, 4.4 rebounds and 1.8 steals as a sophomore as he scored in double-figures nine times and posted one double-double. Along with Bair, Davis also played for the Utah Pump N’ Run AAU team that advanced to the semifinals of the Adidas Super 64 during the summer of 2011.

“Marcel is a pure point guard with lots of abilities,” said Morrill. “We know he will adapt quickly to our system and we expect big contributions from him right away. Marcel loves the game and he works hard at improving his skills and his body. He will be a player Aggie fans get excited about.”

Harris, a 6-7, 220-pound forward, is currently a sophomore at Yuba (Calif.) College. As a freshman at Yuba College during the 2008-09 season, Harris averaged 14.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game and was the runner-up for the Bay Valley Conference Player of the Year as the 49’rs went 32-4 and won the Bay Valley Conference Championship. Following his freshman season at Yuba College, Harris served a two-year LDS Church mission in Honduras.

Harris prepped at Rocklin (Calif.) High School and was named the MVP of the SFL Conference his senior year along with earning first-team all-Metro honors. As a prep senior, Harris averaged 16.6 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.6 steals and 2.0 blocks per game.

“Sean was a very important addition in that we lose two senior big guys,” said Morrill. “He is a quality basketball player that gives maximum effort and a very good athlete who has an excellent skill set. We expect Sean to step in and be another in a long line of quality big men we’ve had at Utah State.”

Doug Hoffman is the assistant athletic director for Utah State University.

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