LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s and women’s basketball will provide a sneak peek of the season to come when the teams host Prime Time Madness on Thursday, Oct. 8, at 7 p.m., in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. The night will feature scrimmages by both teams with a halftime skills competition, pairing players from both teams for various drills.
The event, which is free and open to the public, will be sponsored by Maceys with the Spectrum doors set to open at 6 p.m. with activities and free giveaways on the concourse.
“We are looking forward to the event,” head women’s basketball coach Jerry Finkbeiner said. “It will be great to showcase both the men’s and women’s teams at the same time. Fans will be able to meet the returning players, but also a host of newcomers on both squads.”
Team introductions will open the night, followed by a women’s scrimmage that will feature nine new faces for the Aggies. The Utah State women have just a single returning starter in 2014-15 Mountain West Freshman of the Year, Funda Nakkasoglu. Despite the turnover in starters, USU will have five other returning letterwinners in senior forward Julianne Anchling, senior forward Tijana Djukic, sophomore center Hannah Hutchins, senior guard Mariah Miles and sophomore guard Baylee Peck.
Following the women’s scrimmage, both teams will take to the floor and participate in various skills competitions before the men will take to the court for the final scrimmage of the night.
The Aggie men return all five starters from a 2014-15 squad that finished with an overall mark of 18-13, including an 11-7 ledger in the Mountain West, good for fourth place. Utah State’s returners include all three all-conference performers from a year ago in junior wing Jalen Moore (second team), sophomore forward David Collette (third team) and senior guard Chris Smith (honorable mention). Senior guard Darius Perkins and sophomore guard Julion Pearre round out the returning starters for the Aggies.
In addition to all five starters, Utah State also returns four more letterwinners in senior wing Trace Cureton, junior guard Viko Noma’aea, sophomore guard Henry Bolton III and sophomore forward Elston Jones. Senior forward Grayson Moore and junior forward Lew Evans will look to provide immediate depth for the Aggies after redshirting last season.
Utah State also returns two players from LDS Church missions, including redshirt freshman forward Quinn Taylor, who used a redshirt year in 2012-13, and freshman guard Jake Miles, who was named the Utah 3A MVP in 2012-13.
Three newcomers round out the mix in junior transfer guard Shane Rector, sophomore transfer forward Alexis Dargenton and freshman John Middleton.
“This event should be a fun and an interactive way for our fans to meet and get acquainted with the team,” head men’s basketball coach Tim Duryea said. “We are really looking forward to a lot of fan interaction and student involvement.”
The night will conclude with a poster signing on the floor, where fans can get face-to-face with each team. Maceys will also be giving away 100 shopping bags at the end of the night.
USU men’s basketball season ticket renewals, new season tickets and mini-plans are now on sale. Fans can purchase season tickets, starting at $230 and three-, four-, six- and nine-game mini-plans for as little as $30. For more Aggie men’s basketball ticket information, fans can contact the USU Athletics Ticket Office over the phone by calling 1-888-USTATE-1 or 435-797-0305 during regular hours of operation. Fans can also buy their tickets in person at the USU Ticket Office inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum, online by clicking on the “Buy Tickets” tab at www.UtahStateAggies.com or by clicking here. Fans can begin purchasing single game tickets, starting at $17, on Oct. 5 for Big Blue Scholarship Fund members, on Oct. 12 for season ticket holders and on Oct. 17 for the general public.
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