LOGAN — Utah State men's basketball head coach Stew Morrill announced Thursday that junior college transfer Trace Cureton and high school standout Stefan Rosic have signed with USU for the 2014-15 season.
Cureton, who comes to USU from Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, is a 6-foot-4 wing from Indianapolis, Indiana. He earned the Ohio Community College Athletic Conference Most Improved Player Award and was a Second-Team All-OCCAC selection, helping the Tartan Pride post a 21-9 record last season.
As a sophomore, Cureton averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game, while shooting 51.1 percent from the field, 48.6 percent from three-point range and 75.0 percent at the free-throw line. As a freshman, Cureton posted 8.3 points, 4.5 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game, netting 32 percent of his 3-pointers. Cureton played high school basketball at Cathedral High School.
"Trace is versatile in that he has the skills to play all three perimeter positions. He is a good shooter, solid ball-handler and a willing defender," Morrill said. "He is a high-character young man from a great family and we are delighted to have him as an Aggie."
Cureton is the son of Jerome and Marie Cureton and intends on majoring in political science at USU. His brother, Justin, played baseball at Indiana and helped the Hoosiers to the College World Series in 2013, while his younger brother, Luke, is a freshman this season for the Hoosiers' baseball team. He has another brother, Ian, who is a junior defensive back for the Ball State football team.
Rosic, who played at the North Central Texas Academy in Granbury, Texas, is a 6-7 forward from Kragujevac, Serbia. He earned Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools 1A All-State honors as well as being named the district Most Valuable Player for Class 2-A and first-team all-district after leading the Panthers to the state championship. Rosic averaged 29 points and nine rebounds per game while shooting 69 percent from the field and 45 percent from three-point range.
"Stefan has a very positive upside as he matures physically and adapts to Division I basketball in America. As a big, he will give us an excellent shooter and ball-handler, who is developing his low-post game," Morrill said. "Stefan is a very good student who understands the value of getting an education. We are confident he will have a very solid career at Utah State."
He is the son of Ana and Darko Rosic and intends on majoring in international business at USU.
Utah State ended the 2013-14 season with an 18-14 overall and a 7-11 Mountain West Conference record in USU's first season in the league. The seven conference wins were the most of any of the five newest teams to the league in their first season, topping Boise State’s three wins in its first season in the league in 2011-12 as well as Fresno State’s five wins and Nevada’s three wins in their first seasons of 2012-13, along with San José State’s one win this season.
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Utah State Men's Basketball 2014 Signing Class
Name, Year, Pos., Hometown (Previous School)
Henry Bolton, FR, G, Portsmouth, Rhode Island (St. Andrews School)
David Collette, FR, F, Murray, Utah (Murray High School)
Trace Cureton, JR, W, Indianapolis, Indiana (Cathedral High School/Sinclair Community College)
Elston Jones, FR, C, Goodyear, Arizona (Millenium High School)
Sam Merrill, FR, G, Bountiful, Utah (Bountiful High School)
Julion Pearre, FR, G, McKinney, Texas (McKinney North High School)
Darius Perkins, JR, G, Fort Myers, Florida (Chaminade-Madonna Prep School/Miami Dade College)
Stefan Rosic, FR, F, Kragujevac, Serbia (North Central Texas Academy)
Chris Smith, JR, G, Sacramento, California (Center High School/Yuba Community College)