LOGAN — Utah State men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Wednesday that in-state standout Sam Orchard has agreed to join the Aggie basketball program beginning in the 2011-12 season.

Orchard, a 6-1, 175-pound guard from Highland High was named the 4A MVP after leading the Rams to a state championship. He averaged 16.2 points, 3.2 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game.

"Sam has the potential to be a successful Division I basketball player, and we are delighted that he will be a part of our program," said Morrill. "He is an outstanding student with very high character and good basketball skills."

Following the 2011-12 season, Orchard plans on serving a two-year LDS Church mission.

— Staff and wire reports