USU basketball: men tabbed first by media, second by coaches in WAC preseason polls

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, Oct. 24 2012 5:00 p.m. MDT

Besides the three starters, USU returns two other lettermen, including sophomore forward Ben Clifford. After redshirting his first year at Utah State, Clifford played in 36 games, starting four in 2012, and finished the season averaging 4.4 points and 3.5 rebounds, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (58-of-114), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-of-18) and 72.9 percent at the free throw line (35-of-48) in 16.8 minutes per outing.

The fifth returning Aggie letterman is sophomore center Jordan Stone, who gained valuable playing time as a freshman last year and is expected to pick up where he left off in his progress from a season ago, as Stone saw action in 31 games. He tallied 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds per contest.

Joining Utah State’s five returning lettermen are two redshirts, 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 along with junior guard TeNale Roland, and a four-player freshman class consisting of forwards Quincy Bair and Quinn Taylor, along with guards Riley Bradshaw and Marcel Davis.

The Aggies open the 2012-13 season Friday, Oct. 26, in an exhibition game against Grand Canyon at 7 p.m. USU will host Simon Fraser in an exhibition game 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 at the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum.

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

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

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