It’s finally here! Aggie Basketball GAMEDAY! Tonight at the Spectrum we will get to catch our first glimpse of the 2012-13 Utah State Aggie Basketball team. Tonight’s game will not only be our first exhibition game, but will also act as somewhat of a replacement for the Blue/White Scrimmage event (modified Midnight Madness) that Stew Morrill has held each year since he has been a coach at Utah State. This year’s event was canceled, but to make up for it, tickets for tonight’s game are only FIVE BUCKS (or as always, FREE for students with Student ID)! Talk about a deal! Utah State basketball posters (and likely fridge magnet schedules) will be available at the game. Players will also be available after the contest for signing autographs.
So shell out the five bucks (or get in free as a student), and get yourself and your family up to the Spectrum to kick off the 2012-13 season with a bang.
Watch for large contributions from Marcel Davis, Spencer Butterfield, Jordan Stone and Ben Clifford. I’m also curious to see how well Riley Bradshaw has been learning both the PG and SG slots so far this year. Coach Morrill must have some serious trust in the kid to thrust him into learning two spots in our complex offense. In years past Stew has said that he does not ask this of newcomers for fear of overwhelming them. I think Riley will be up to the challenge.
Former Aggie great Jaycee Carroll, recently rated as one of the top three American players in the European Cups, dropped a team-high 26 points on CB Canaria in a thrilling come from behind victory today. Carroll contributed 6 three point shots and sever clutch buckets down the stretch to erase a 12 point deficit with less than 3 minutes remaining.
After hearing that Bobby Wagner set a Seahawks record for most tackles in a single game by a rookie with 14 tackles against the New England Patriots (no other Seahawks rookie has ever had more than 10), I said to myself “I would sure love to see a highlight film of that”. Well, I decided to take matters into my own hands and went ahead and created one. If you prefer an HD experience, click the video title to go to youtube, change the settings to 720p and watch it full screen!
2 – Practice has begun. There is a good writeup on the Official Site with quotes from Coach Morrill, and Preston Medlin. The consensus? Everyone is excited. We’ve got a lot of new faces, and a lot of potential, but no one knows exactly what to expect at this point. It sounds like Stew is excited to see how the pieces will fit this year.
3 – The team photos have been taken and the USUStats.com Pictorial Roster has been updated with the new pics! Not only were the pics updated, but for the first time since this site has existed, there was no shrinkage on the basketball team. And no, I’m not talking about George Costanza shrinkage. I’m talking about the Utah State University height shrinkage phenomenon that we have had for the last several years. Every year recruits and sometimes even current players shave an inch or two off of their height when they receive their official listings.
So what changed from last year to this year? Two players put on some weight. Ben Clifford added 5 pounds to weigh in at 220, and Danny Berger put on THIRTY POUNDS. Can this be right? Last year he was listed at 6-6, 175. This year he’s at 6-6, 205. From what I hear, Danny has really been tearing it up this off-season on the court, so I can only expect that this is good weight.
With practice underway, the team will have a full week to try to learn some plays and get ready for the annual Blue-White scrimmage in the Spectrum.