Utah State men’s basketball announce team awards

Utah State's Chris Smith goes in for a layup against Fresno State's Mavelle Harris in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Fresno, Calif., Saturday, Feb. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian)

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball recognized four players with team awards on Tuesday night as voted upon by their teammates at the year-end team banquet.

Sophomore guard Julion Pearre was honored as the team’s best defender for the second consecutive season as he was tasked at guarding the opposition’s top perimeter threat throughout the year. Pearre finished the season with 17 steals and six blocks.

Senior guard Chris Smith was named the team MVP after finishing second on the team in scoring, averaging 15.0 points per game. Smith was also strong on the boards, finishing third on the team with an average of 5.3 rebounds per contest. Smith was a large part of Utah State’s record-setting perimeter offense this season, leading the team behind the 3-point line with 63 treys and shooting 45.0 percent (63-of-140) to lead the Mountain West. Smith finished his career No. 3 all-time from long range, converting 45.1 percent from behind the arc during his time at Utah State.

Redshirt senior forward Grayson Moore was recognized with the Aggie Award, given to the player that the team feels best represents Aggie basketball in the community, on the court and in the classroom. Moore appeared in 18 games for the Aggies and averaged 3.1 points, 3.5 rebounds per game and was a vocal leader. Moore continued to contribute to the team’s success with leadership from the bench when his season was cut short by an injury suffered against Colorado State on Jan. 16.

Junior wing Jalen Moore was awarded the Chairman of the Boards Award after leading the Aggies on the glass during the year, averaging a team-best 6.0 rebounds per game.

The evening finished with a final recognition of the four seniors, including Smith and G. Moore, in addition to senior wing Trace Cureton and senior guard Darius Perkins. Perkins spoke on behalf of the seniors at the end of the night, expressing appreciation to the staff and team for the opportunity to play for Utah State and for the comradery throughout the year.

Utah State men’s basketball new and information is available on Facebook (facebook.com/usumen’sbasketball) and on Twitter (@Aggiehoops). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube (youtube.com/utahstateathletics). Aggie fans can follow the Utah State athletic program on Twitter (@usuathletics), on Facebook (facebook.com/usuathletics) or on Instagram (@usuathletics).


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