2018–19 Utah State Aggies men's basketball team

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2018–19 Utah State Aggies men's basketball
Utah State Aggies logo.svg
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2018–19 record18–6 (8–3 MW)
Head coachCraig Smith (1st season)
Assistant coachAustin Hansen
Assistant coachEric Peterson
Assistant coachDavid Ragland
Home arenaSmith Spectrum
Seasons
2018–19 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 6 Nevada 11 1   .917     24 1   .960
Utah State 10 3   .769     20 6   .769
Fresno State 10 3   .769     19 6   .760
San Diego State 8 4   .667     16 9   .640
UNLV 8 5   .615     14 11   .560
Boise State 6 7   .462     11 15   .423
New Mexico 5 8   .385     11 14   .440
Air Force 5 8   .385     10 15   .400
Colorado State 4 8   .333     9 16   .360
Wyoming 2 10   .167     6 19   .240
San Jose State 0 12   .000     3 21   .125
2019 MW Tournament winner
As of February 17, 2019; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2018–19 Utah State Aggies men's basketball team represents Utah State University in the 2018–19 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Aggies, led by first-year head coach Craig Smith, play their home games at the Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah as members of the Mountain West Conference.

Previous season[edit]

The Aggies finished the 2017–18 season 17-17 overall and 8-10 in conference play, finishing tied for 7th. In the Mountain West Conference Tournament, they defeated Colorado State in the first round and Boise State in the quarterfinals before losing to New Mexico in the semi-finals.

On March 11, 2018, head coach Tim Duryea was fired after three seasons.[1] He finished at Utah State with a three-year record of 47–49. On March 25, reports indicated that the school had hired South Dakota head coach Craig Smith as head coach, which was confirmed the next day.[2][3]

Offseason[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Reason for departure
DeAngelo Isby 0 G 6'5" 200 Junior Chicago, IL Declare for 2018 NBA draft
Koby McEwen 1 G 6'4" 200 Sophomore Toronto, ON Transferred to Marquette
Julion Pearre 5 G 6'3" 205 Senior McKinney, TX Graduated
Alex Dargenton 11 F 6'8" 205 RS Senior Ford-de-France, Martinque Gradauted
Taylor Larson 13 G 6'4" 210 Sophomore Highland, UT Left the team
Norbert Janicek 15 F 6'11" 250 Junior Dražkovce, Slovakia Left the team due to personal reasons
Daron Henson 23 F 6'7" 205 RS Freshman Pasadena, CA Transferred to Salt Lake CC

Incoming transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Previous college
John Knight III 3 G 6'2" 195 Sophomore Jackson, MS Junior college transferred from Southwest Mississippi CC
Ke'Sean Davis 13 F 6'7" 210 Sophomore Los Angeles, CA Junior college transferred from Seward County CC
Roche Grootfaam 15 F 6'8" 230 Sophomore Paramaribo, Suriname Junior college transferred from College of Southern Idaho

Recruiting[edit]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Steven Ashworth
PG
Highland, UT Lone Peak High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 160 lb (73 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Tauriawn Knight
PG
Edmond, OK Edmond Santa Fe High School 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) 170 lb (77 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Ben Fakira
C
Sydney, Australia Barker College 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 250 lb (110 kg)  
Recruiting star ratings: ScoutN/A   RivalsN/A   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: NR
Overall recruiting rankings: Scout:   Rivals:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2018 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved 2018-07-30.

Roster[edit]

2018–19 Utah State Aggies men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Klay Stall 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Fr Basha HS Chandler, AZ
G 1 Tauriawn Knight 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Fr Edmond Santa Fe HS Edmond, OK
G/F 2 Dwayne Brown, Jr. 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Sr Rockdale County HS
Northern Oklahoma CC
Conyers, GA
G 3 John Knight III 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So Callaway HS
SW Mississippi CC
Jackson, MS
G 4 Crew Ainge (W) 5 ft 11 in (1.8 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS So Kimball Union Academy Wellesley, MA
G 5 Sam Merrell (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 210 lb (95 kg) RS Jr Bountiful HS Bountiful, UT
F 10 Quinn Taylor 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 240 lb (109 kg) RS Sr Langham Creek Houston, TX
F 12 Justin Bean 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Fr Southmoore HS Moore, OK
F 13 Ke'Sean Davis 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jr Taft Charter HS
Seward County CC
Compton, CA
F 14 Roche Grootfaam 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Jr Covenant Christian Academy
College of Southern Idaho
Paramaribo, Suriname
G 15 Abel Porter 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) RS So Davis HS Farmington, UT
F 21 Ben Fakira 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Fr Barker College Sydney, Australia
G 22 Brock Miller 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 200 lb (91 kg) RS Fr Brighton HS Sandy, UT
G 24 Diogo Brito 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 205 lb (93 kg) RS Jr Mountain Mission School Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

Schedule and results[edit]

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
Nov 1, 2018*
7:00 pm
Evergreen State W 96–45 
Smith Spectrum (5,744)
Logan, UT
Non-conference regular season
Nov 6, 2018*
7:00 pm
at Montana State W 101–71  1–0
Brick Breeden Fieldhouse (2,354)
Bozeman, MT
Nov 9, 2018*
7:00 pm
Hartford
MGM Resorts Main Event campus-site game
W 100–73  2–0
Smith Spectrum (8,500)
Logan, UT
Nov 13, 2018*
7:00 pm
Mississippi Valley State W 94–59  3–0
Smith Spectrum (5,133)
Logan, UT
Nov 16, 2018*
7:00 pm, Stadium
Utah Valley
MGM Resorts Main Event campus-site game
W 65-46  4-0
Smith Spectrum (6,474)
Logan, UT
Nov 19, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Saint Mary's
MGM Resorts Main Event Heavyweight semifinals
W 80–63  5–0
T-Mobile Arena 
Paradise, NV
Nov 21, 2018*
9:00 pm, ESPNU
vs. Arizona State
MGM Resorts Main Event Heavyweight championship
L 82–87  5–1
T-Mobile Arena (3,157)
Paradise, NV
Nov 28, 2018*
7:00 pm, Stadium
Northern Iowa
MW–MVC Challenge
W 71–52  6–1
Smith Spectrum (5,134)
Logan, UT
Dec 1, 2018*
8:00 pm
at UC Irvine W 89–65  7–1
Bren Events Center (1,812)
Irvine, CA
Dec 5, 2018*
7:00 pm, BYUtv
at BYU
Old Oquirrh Bucket
L 80–95  7–2
Marriott Center (11,377)
Provo, UT
Dec 8, 2018*
2:30 pm, ATTSNRM
vs. Weber State
Old Oquirrh Bucket/Beehive Classic
W 76–67  8–2
Vivint Smart Home Arena (10,678)
Salt Lack City, UT
Dec 15, 2018*
7:00 pm
Alabama State W 86–48  9–2
Smith Spectrum (6,078)
Logan, UT
Dec 20, 2018*
6:00 pm, ESPN3
at No. 21 Houston L 50–60  9–3
Fertitta Center (6,264)
Houston, TX
Dec 28, 2018*
7:00 pm
Eastern Oregon W 84–57  10–3
Smith Spectrum (7,056)
Logan, UT
Mountain West regular season
Jan 2, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPNU
at No. 6 Nevada L 49–72  10–4
(0–1)
Lawlor Events Center (11,224)
Reno, NV
Jan 5, 2019
7:00 pm
Air Force W 79–62  11–4
(1–1)
Smith Spectrum (8,412)
Logan, UT
Jan 9, 2019
7:00 pm
Fresno State L 78–77  11–5
(1–2)
Smith Spectrum (6,379)
Logan, UT
Jan 12, 2019
4:00 pm, ATTSNRM
at Wyoming W 71–55  12–5
(2–2)
Arena-Auditorium (3,426)
Laramie, WY
Jan 16, 2019
8:00 pm
at San Jose State W 81–63  13–5
(3–2)
Event Center Arena (1,388)
San Jose, CA
Jan 19, 2019
7:00 pm
Colorado State W 87–72  14–5
(4–2)
Smith Spectrum (7,509)
Logan, UT
Jan 26, 2019
2:00 pm, CBSSN
at New Mexico W 68–66  15–5
(5–2)
Dreamstyle Arena (10,752)
Albuquerque, NM
Jan 30, 2019
7:00 pm
San Jose State W 103–73  16–5
(6–2)
Smith Spectrum (6,599)
Logan, UT
Feb 2, 2019
2:30 pm, ATTSNRM
UNLV W 82–65  17–5
(7–2)
Smith Spectrum (7,157)
Logan, UT
Feb 6, 2019
8:30 pm, ATTSNRM
at Fresno State W 82–82  18–5
(8–2)
Save Mart Center (5,091)
Fresno, CA
Feb 9, 2019
8:00 pm, ESPN3
at San Diego State L 63–68  18–6
(8–3)
Viejas Arena (10,631)
San Diego, CA
Feb 13, 2019
7:00 pm
Wyoming   
Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Feb 16, 2019
2:00 pm
at Air Force   
Clune Arena 
Colorado Springs, CO
Feb 20, 2019
9:00 pm, ESPNU
New Mexico   
Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Feb 23, 2019
2:00 pm, Stadium
at Boise State   
Taco Bell Arena 
Boise, ID
Feb 26, 2019
7:30 pm, CBSSN
San Diego State   
Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Mar 2, 2019
6:30 pm, CBSSN
Nevada   
Smith Spectrum 
Logan, UT
Mar 5, 2019
7:00 pm, ATTSNRM
at Colorado State   
Moby Arena 
Fort Collins, CO
Mountain West Tournament
Mar 13–16, 2019
vs.    
Thomas & Mack Center 
Paradise, NV
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Mountain Source[4].

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