Utah guard Rylan Jones brings the ball up court in the second half during an NCAA college basketball game against UCLA Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom has announced the signing of Rylan Jones, set to join the Aggies for the upcoming 2021-22 season. “We are excited to welcome Rylan back home,” Odom said. “He fell in love with basketball and of course the Aggies during his family’s time in Logan. Rylan made an immediate impact in the PAC-12 and his basketball IQ, ability to make others better and his overall competitiveness will be tremendous for our team. I know that he is excited to get to work with his teammates here at Utah State.” Jones returns to Cache Valley from the University of Utah, where he appeared in 45 games for the Utes, including 43 starts. Over the course of his two years at Utah, Jones averaged 7.6 points, 4.3 assists and 2.5 rebounds per game, while shooting 38.9 percent (103-of-265) from the floor, 36.5 percent (61-of-167) from behind the arc and 83.3 percent (75-of-90) at the free throw line. Jones was an
FILE – In this March 11, 2019, file photo, Oklahoma City Thunder’s Russell Westbrook gets into a heated verbal altercation with fans in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, in Salt Lake City. A Utah Jazz fan who was banned for life from Vivint Smart Home Arena after allegedly yelling what Russell Westbrook claimed were “racial” and “inappropriate” remarks at him, has sued the Houston Rockets player and the Jazz, saying he was wrongly accused. The lawsuit, filed Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in 4th District Court in Utah County on behalf of Shane Keisel and his girlfriend Jennifer Huff, seeks $100 million in compensatory and punitive damages, alleging defamation and infliction of emotional distress. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File) SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A lawsuit against the Utah Jazz by a fan who was banned for life from the team’s arena over what were called racial taunts directed at point guard Russell Westbrook was dismissed by a judge, according to court documents filed Thursday. Shane Keisel has said there was nothing racial about his heckling during the 2019 game and that the high-profile incident cost him his job and exposed him to online threats.
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Ryan Odom has officially announced the signing of R.J. Eytle-Rock and Brandon Horvath, set to join the Aggies for the upcoming 2021-22 season. “R.J. will be an excellent addition to our program,” Odom said. “He is excited to be joining his new teammates in Logan and will strengthen our backcourt with his versatility on both ends.” Eytle-Rock is the second student-athlete addition from UMBC and led the Retrievers in scoring a season ago, turning in 14.3 points per game and shooting 47.4 percent (92-of-194) from the floor and 40.0 percent (22-of-55) from behind the arc. Eytle-Rock also led UMBC at the charity stripe, attempting more (101) and making more (80) shots from the free throw line than any other member of the team. Eytle-Rock scored in double figures in each of the Retrievers’ final 12 games of the season and in 16 games overall, turning in 20 or more points in three games, including a season-high 27 at New Hampshire. The London, England, native was also tops for UMBC with 51 assists, averaging 2.5 per game, while also averaging close to five rebounds per game (4.9). Eytle-Rock pulled down five or
LOGAN, Utah – Utah State Athletics is celebrating the academic success of its close to 350 student-athletes, as the group earned a combined 3.38 cumulative grade point average, the highest cumulative GPA in the history of USU athletics. The spring semester also marked the 38th consecutive term that Utah State student-athletes have recorded a 3.0 or higher cumulate GPA, dating back to the fall of 2002. Close to 75 percent of Utah State student-athletes earned a 3.0 or higher GPA as 67 student-athletes were named to the Dean’s List for a having at least a 3.5 or higher with 15 or more credit hours. A group of 17 student-athletes made up a select group of those pursuing a second undergraduate degree or a graduate degree while competing in their respective sports during spring of 2021. On the men’s side, USU student-athletes earned a spring semester GPA of 3.15 and carried an overall cumulative GPA of 3.23. On the women’s side, USU student-athletes earned a spring semester GPA of 3.48 and carried an overall cumulative GPA of 3.51, the second-highest cumulative GPA in school history, second only to fall 2020 (3.52). Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program on