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USU basketball: Utah State men's basketball to hold first practice Friday

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 9 2012 12:47 p.m. MDT

In addition to Medlin and Reed, the Aggies also have a third returning starter in junior Danny Berger, who can play both forward positions. Last season Berger sat out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt but then started in 25 of 31 games played. Berger netted double-digit points 10 times last season, including three of the final six games, highlighted by tying a school record with five three-pointers in a postseason game as part of his career-high tying 17 points in CollegeInsiders.com Tournament semifinal win over Oakland. Berger finished the year with a 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game average, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field (64-of-172) and 36.7 percent from three-point range (36-of-98) to go with a 76.9 percent free-throw shooting (40-of-52).

The fifth returning Aggie letterman is sophomore center Jordan Stone. Stone saw action in 31 games last season. He tallied 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest.

Joining Utah State's five returning lettermen are two redshirts, junior center Jarred Shaw and sophomore center Matt Lopez, as well as eight newcomers. The newcomers are evenly split of four junior college players in junior forward/guard Spencer Butterfield, junior forwards Sean Harris and Marvin Jean, and junior guard TeNale Roland. The four-player freshman class consists of forwards Quincy Bair and Quinn Taylor, along with guards Riley Bradshaw and Marcel Davis.

The Aggies open the 2012-13 season on Friday, Oct. 26, in an exhibition game against Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. USU will host Simon Fraser in an exhibition game on Saturday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m., before kicking off the regular-season schedule by hosting Idaho State on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 7 p.m. USU opens the season with four-straight home games.

Utah State men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 season are now on sale at the USU Ticket Office.

Ticket prices are $230 in non-priority areas and $220 in priority areas, where 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.

Tickets can be purchased online by clicking on the "Buy Tickets" tab on the USU website or over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE1 or (435) 797-0305 or in person at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum Ticket Office during regular hours of operation.

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

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