Utah State University basketball coach Kohn Smith Thursday announced the signing of two players to national letters of intent.

The two are 6-5 Brent Lofton of El Camino Real High School in Los Angeles and 6-6 Gary Patterson of Redmond High School in Seattle."These two young men represent the type of athlete and citizen we're looking for," said Smith.

Lofton, just 16, averaged 24.6 points a game while earning second team all-city honors last leason. Patterson, his team's topped defender, averaged 14.7 points and 8.5 rebounds a game in helping to lead Redmond to the state 3A title and a 27-2 record.

Both players are listed on the Street and Smith's magazine list of high school honorable mention All-Americans.