LOGAN, Utah After helping Utah State win its third-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship Jared Quayle was named the league’s Most Valuable Player by NetScouts Basketball, while Tai Wesley was named to the first team, it was recently announced. Other players named first-team all-WAC by NetScouts Basketball include Nevada’s Luke Babbitt, San Jose State’s Adrian Oliver, New Mexico State’s Jahmar Young and Louisiana Tech’s Magnum Rolle. Quayle, a 6-1, 180-pound senior guard from Perry, Utah (Box Elder HS/Western Wyoming CC) was also named first-team all-WAC this year as he ranks first in the conference in assist-to-turnover ratio (2.59), is third in the league in free throw shooting (.889), fifth in three-point shooting (.432) and assists (4.26), ninth in steals (1.19), 11th in rebounding (6.2) and 15th in scoring (11.9). Quayle earned second-team all-WAC honors in his first year at Utah State along with being named to the league’s all-newcomer team. He was also named to the WAC’s all-tournament team, was named a second-team all-district player by the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC), and was named a high major honorable mention All-American by CollegeHoops.net. Wesley, a 6-7, 240-pound junior forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS) was also named to the WAC’s first-team this year as he currently ranks third in the conference in field goal shooting (.578) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.02), seventh in blocked shots (1.29), 10th in rebounding (6.4), 11th in assists (3.23), 13th in scoring (13.7) and 15th in free throw shooting (.715). Utah State (25-6, 14-2) is the top seed in the upcoming WAC Tournament in Reno, Nev., and will play Boise State (15-16, 5-11) in the quarterfinals on Thursday, Mar. 11 at 1 p.m. (MT) in a game that will be televised live on ESPNU. -USU-
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