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USU women’s basketball newcomer breakdown: SLCC transfer Mia Tarver | Sports

Wes Brooks has big plans for a turnaround of the Utah State women’s basketball program. Much of that involves having a fast-paced offense while also being a team that guards all 94 feet of the basketball court. It takes a certain kind of player to pull off such a high-intensity style. The very first of Brooks’ transfer commits is just such a player. Mia Tarver, a 5-foot-7 guard out of Salt Lake Community College, isn’t exactly a queen of the stat sheet, with per-game averages of 9.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists alongside slightly roughly average shooting percentages (39.9 percent overall and 30.7 from three). And yet, she possesses the qualities necessary to be an integral part of Utah State’s reimagined style. At the top of Tarver’s list of positive impact attributes stands her defensive capabilities. SLCC ranked 26th in defensive efficiency among NJCAA D1 teams and Tarver played a key part in that stellar team defense. She put in work as a point-of-attack defender, picking up the opponent’s top ball handler and sometimes top scorer, and showed overall great defense. Over and over again there were great examples of her harassing opposing ball handlers and stonewalling driving guards.

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MW Player of the Year, Utah State transfer Great Osobor commits to Washington | Sports

Last season’s Utah State star forward Great Osobor is now officially a former Aggie. The Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and Player of the Year has officially committed to play for the University of Washington, following former USU head coach Danny Sprinkle to Seattle. Osobor entered the transfer portal on April 3, beginning more than a month of travel across the country to visit several schools interested in securing his services for his one remaining season of eligibility. He was consistently ranked as one of the most valuable transfer targets in the country. The England-born forward took official visits to Kentucky, Texas Tech and Louisville, ending with a visit to Washington around May 9. Reports indicated Osobor was drawing seven-figure NIL offers from each of these institutions. In the end, Osobor opted to stick with Sprinkle, creating a remarkable journey where the two will have spent time together at three different schools, including three different teams in three seasons. Another wrinkle to Osobor’s decision is that his NIL earnings for this upcoming season are publicly reported to be at least $2 million, with the potential for around $2.2 million. It’s the highest known NIL salary in college basketball according

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Full Breakdown of SUU to Utah State transfer guard Braden Housley | Sports

Utah State was kind of short on solid passing point guards last year. “Kind of” because the Aggies did have arguably the program’s best ever pure point guard, Darius Brown, but he was essentially the only pure point on the roster. So it stands as a bit of a contrast that first-year head coach Jerrod Calhoun appears to be very committed to having depth at this position. The addition of Southern Utah transfer point guard Braden Housley is a display of that commitment. With Housley on board, the Aggies will have three point guards with Drake Allen and Deyton Albury being the other two on the roster so far. There’s actually a pretty clean comparison between Housley and Allen. They share the same height listing at 6-foot-4 with a minor difference in weight (Allen just ahead at 190 pounds to Housley’s 180) and both established themselves as highly productive passers prior to getting to the Division I level — Housley with his 6.8 assists as a senior at Skyridge, Allen and his 6.0 at Snow College. The comp goes even further with the fact both Allen and Housley played one year at SUU and the obvious fact both have now

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Utah State women’s basketball announces four signees | Sports

LOGAN, Utah — Utah State women’s basketball head coach Wesley Brooks announced four additions to the team’s 2024-25 roster on Wednesday, including Rhode Island transfer Sophie Sene (Sen), College of Southern Idaho transfer Jamisyn (Jaim-uh-sun) Heaton, Salt Lake Community College transfer Mia Tarver and incoming freshman Ava Smith.  All three transfers enter Utah State as juniors and will have two years of eligibility. Sene, a 6-foot-3 center from Nice, France, joins the Aggies after spending the past three years at Rhode Island. There, she redshirted as a true freshman in 2021-22 before playing each of the past two seasons and appearing in 24 games. During her time with the Rams, the team posted a 69-28 combined record, winning Atlantic 10 regular season championships and qualifying for the WNIT in 2022 and 2023, and making a run to the conference championship game in 2024.  “Sophie brings valuable experience from a winning Division I program at Rhode Island, where she spent the past three years,” Brooks said. “Her versatile skill set, including a strong elbow jump shot and rebounding ability, will make a big difference in our system. We’re excited to see the athleticism that she brings to the court.”  Prior to her

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Utah State men’s basketball announces pair of signings in Deyton Albury and Aubin Gateretse | Sports

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Jerrod Calhoun announced on Monday the signing of Deyton Albury and Aubin Gateretse (Aw-bin Gat-er-et-c). Both players have one year of eligibility and will be seniors for the Aggies for the 2024-25 season. “We are very excited to welcome Aubin and Deyton to the Aggie family,” said Calhoun. “Aubin brings tremendous size and athletic ability that will have a major impact for us on both sides of the floor. One of the many factors we seek to identify in the transfer portal is a winning pedigree and Aubin certainly checks that box as he led Stetson to its first-ever NCAA Tournament this past season. His post-season experience will be a major asset to our program. “Deyton is a multi-dimensional talent that was a stat-stuffer for Queens University. His ability to score, pass, rebound and defend will provide great value for us. He has had an amazing basketball journey thus far and we couldn’t be more thrilled that he will be an Aggie. He is a wonderful addition for our program.” Albury, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard joins Utah State after spending his junior season at Queens University in Charlotte, North Carolina. During

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Utah State University Inducts 2024 Athletics Hall of Fame Class | Sports

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State University held a ceremony Saturday night to officially induct its 2024 class into its Athletics Hall of Fame. The eight inductees into the 2024 class include: Bob Erickson, the winningest wrestler in program history; Rich Haws, one of the best Aggie scoring guards ever; Sid Lane, a two-way football player and one of the first collegiate African American coaches in the country; Liz McArthur, one of 11 volleyball All-Americans in school history; Bill Munson, one of just four football players in school history to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft; Natalie Norris, the only player in Western Athletic Conference history to earn three-straight Defensive Player of the Year honors; Clint Silcock, a three-time All-American in the high jump; and Gary Wilkinson, an All-American basketball player and the 2009 WAC Player of the Year. A total of 138 individuals and three teams have now been inducted into the Utah State Athletics Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame was founded in 1993 with 12 initial members, followed by eight members in 1994 and seven in 1995. The addition of any inductees was stopped until 2006, when five more individuals were added, followed by

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Ian Martinez withdraws from transfer portal, returning to USU | Sports

LOGAN — In arguably the biggest offseason win for new Aggie men’s basketball head coach Jerrod Calhoun, senior guard Ian Martinez has opted to withdraw his name from the NCAA transfer portal and return to Utah State for his final season of eligibility. Nearly three weeks ago, Martinez put his name into the portal. At the time, the Aggies were reeling as each of their top four leaders in points, rebounds and assists were either graduating (Darius Brown) or had entered the transfer portal (Great Osobor, Mason Falslev and Martinez). Cut to now and Calhoun has convinced two of the three remaining eligible top players from last season’s NCAA Tournament team to keep donning the Aggie Blue and Fighting White. Let’s run it back Aggie nation!! pic.twitter.com/qeySBVImme — Ian Martinez (@IanJumaine) April 22, 2024 Martinez had a career year with the Aggies in 2023-24 thanks in part to the fact it was the biggest role he’s played on any team in his career. At his previous two stops, Utah and Maryland, the 6-foot-3 guard was a bench player averaging minutes in the mid-teens but nothing beyond that. With the Aggies, Martinez was a starter in every game after Nov. 28

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NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will have a name starting with Utah | Sports

The NHL team moving from Arizona to Salt Lake City will be known as Utah, at least initially, until a long-term name is determined. “We’ll start with Utah on the jersey and we’ll figure out the logo and everything else and what it is that we are,” new owner Ryan Smith told The Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re going to be Utah either way. We have the first part of the name. We don’t have the last.” Smith Entertainment Group, which bought the franchise formerly known as the Coyotes in a deal unanimously approved Thursday by the league’s Board of Governors, has already contracted ad agency Doubleday & Cartwright for rebranding efforts. Former owner Alex Meruelo keeps the Coyotes name and has the chance to reactivate the franchise if he’s able to build an arena. The short timeline of relocating the club could mean it has a placeholder name for the first season, like the Professional Women’s Hockey League did for year one or Washington’s NFL team had in 2020 and ’21 before becoming the Commanders. “It’ll be Utah something, obviously,” Smith said. “It’s really important that we’re not saying, ‘Hey, this has to be ready by the fall,’ especially

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Newcomer Breakdown of Stetson to Utah State transfer Aubin Gateretse | Sports

Utah State’s new head coach Jerrod Calhoun has added a second transfer of this offseason, Stetson forward/center and native of Belgium, Aubin Gateretse. It’s an addition that adds size (he stands 6-foot-11 and weighs 210 lbs) to the Aggies, something sorely needed in the wake of departures from Great Osobor, Kalifa Sakho and Max Agbonkpolo. The rest of Utah State’s roster as currently formed consists of a lot of dynamic guards. Deyton Albury, Josh Uduje and Mason Falslev look like they’ll jointly carry a lot of the load for this team. Even Isaac Johnson is more of a perimeter big as a stretch five. There wasn’t much interior presence left on the team. Gateretse’s addition balances the equation. RELATED: — 2024 Utah State Men’s/Women’s Basketball Transfer and Roster Tracker The most concise, though also extreme, display of what his impact can potentially be is his performance against Milwaukee back on Nov. 20. On that night, Gateretse scored a career-best 26 points on 12-of-13 shooting, grabbed 11 boards and set another career high with four blocked shots. That highlight reel is most of what you should expect to see Gateretse do a lot of with Utah State: Score at the rim Rebound Block

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Local high school star Elise Livingston commits to play for Utah State | Sports

LOGAN — In a big early recruiting win for new head coach Wes Brooks, Ridgeline guard Elise Livingston has switched her recruiting commitment to Utah Valley over to Utah State. Committed🤘🏽 #goaggies pic.twitter.com/UjFx9Yyszm — Elise Livingston (@eliseliv_) April 19, 2024 “We’re very excited about Elise and bringing in a local kid from Ridgeline who is a state champion,” Brooks said in a statement. “She is a winner, which is one thing we love about her. She’ll bring the ability to shoot the ball as well as a defensive presence for our press, so we’re very excited about her game.” Livingston was a four-year letterwinner and three-year starter for the Riverhawks. She averaged 11.1 points, 1.7 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals in 99 career appearances. In her senior season, Livingston scored a career-best 14.7 points per game on 49.8 percent shooting (35.8 percent from three). Ridgeline’s head coach, Ainsli Jenks, said Utah State is “lucky to have her.” “We are so excited for Elise to be playing right here in Logan next season,” Jenks said. “She was an integral part of our success and I think will really be able to help the new coaches at USU build a great

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