At last Saturday’s ribbon cutting, unveiling the new men’s basketball and women’s basketball and volleyball facilities, former Aggie basketball great Nate Wickizer spoke on one aspect of Aggie basketball that had changed since his time with the program and another that, until Saturday, hadn’t.Wickizer, a 1989 USU graduate and second all-time in block shots at Utah State, said Aggie fans would pack the Spectrum when he used to play and litter the arena floor with rolls of toilet paper after the Aggies’ first bucket.With the toilet paper celebration certain to draw a technical foul in today’s game, Wickizer said Aggie fans now regale the players with the words, ‘Show me the Scotsman who doesn’t love the thistle. Show me the Englishman who doesn’t love the rose. Show me the true blooded Aggie from Utah who doesn’t love the spot where the sagebrush grows.’”Neither the toilet paper nor the song make a whole lot of sense to me,” Wickizer said jokingly. “But you know what, they both work.”He then addressed something that hadn’t been working.Now the chief operating officer for Cache Valley Electric, Wickizer said he and his wife, Heather recently decided they wanted to do something to make a difference in Aggie basketball. He just didn’t know what to do.After touring the locker rooms, Wickizer found his answer.”Quite honestly, I was shocked,” he said. The growth and improvement of the basketball program was not reflected in the team’s off-court facilities, as Wickizer said the locker rooms hadn’t improved in the 20 years since he’d left the program.
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