USU basketball: Men's team signs trio to fall signing class

By Doug Hoffman

For the Deseret News

Published: Friday, Nov. 16 2012 12:08 p.m. MST

Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced Friday that high school standouts Jalen Moore and Carson Shanks have signed National Letters of Intent to play for the Aggies in the 2013-14 season, while Kyle Davis will transfer from Southern Utah. Moore and Shanks will have four years of eligibility for the Aggies and Davis will have three.

Davis is a 6-foot-7 forward from Draper, Utah, and is transferring to USU from Southern Utah upon finishing his LDS Church Mission in Michigan. As a freshman at SUU, he averaged 8.5 rebounds and 5.3 rebounds per game on the season, including 11 points and six rebounds per game in conference action. Davis played at Alta High School, where he led the Hawks to the 5A state title and was named tournament MVP to go with his Utah 5A MVP, Utah Player of the Year and region four MVP honors. As a prep senior, Davis averaged 18.5 points, 7.6 rebounds, 1.4 blocks, 1.5 steals and 1.3 assists per game.

"Kyle has already proven he can play at the Division I level and his best days are ahead of him," Morrill said. "He is a skilled, active four man, which is so essential in our offensive schemes. Kyle is exactly what we look for at his position. He also comes from a great family, which means he has the maturity and character to be successful."

Moore is a 6-7 wing, who is a local product from Smithfield, Utah, where he averaged 15 points and five rebounds per game as a junior at Sky View High School. Last season, Moore earned all-region and second-team all-state honors, in helping the Bobcats to the co-region title and a berth in the 4A state tournament. Moore also plays for the Pump N’ Run AAU team. He led them to the Las Vegas Live Tournament title this past summer. Moore also competes on the Sky View track & field team, where he was the state runner-up in the high jump at the 4A state championships as a sophomore. He is the son of Jimmy Moore, who played basketball at USU from 1972-75, and still ranks 24th all-time in school history with 1,164 career points and No. 15 all-time in rebounds with 652. Jimmy Moore is currently the director of compliance for Utah State Athletics.

"Jalen has a very bright future as an Aggie. He is a long, athletic wing with excellent skills. Jalen is a high character young man because of the things he was taught at home. As he gains strength, his game will continue to grow and Aggie fans will love seeing a hometown kid develop and be successful," Morrill said.

Shanks is a 7-0 center from Prior Lake, Minn., where he posted 12 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots per game at Prior Lake High School as a junior. Last season, Shanks helped the Lakers to the Minnesota Section 2AAAA semi-finals. Shanks was ranked the 77th-best center in the nation by ESPN.com following his junior season.

"Carson is a size guy that has made huge strides as a player and will continue to grow because of an excellent work ethic," Morrill said. "He has good hands and all the ingredients to become another in a long line of great Aggie post players. Carson fits our system and comes from a quality family that gave him the character he needs to excel at the Division I level."

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

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