LOGAN – The Utah State basketball team confirmed the departure of 6-foot-8 forward Ngor Barnaba Monday afternoon. Barnaba, a transfer from Missouri State-West Plains, played one year with the Aggies and still had one year of eligibility left.
Barnaba played in 24 of the team’s 31 games and started in three of them. He averaged three points and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Before joining the Aggies, Barnaba was recruited by Memphis, Nebraska, Texas Tech and Illinois State. When Barnaba signed with Utah State, head coach Tim Duryea said Barnaba would be able to contribute immediately. He described him as someone with “a rare skill set for a player his size.” He said he can shoot well from beyond the 3-point line as well as under the basket and is able to rebound at both ends of the court.
Despite averaging 14.7 points and 7.5 rebounds per game in junior college, he was unable to make shots consistently at USU. He shot just 18.9 percent from beyond the arc and 32.5 percent overall. He didn’t play in any of the team’s final three games, and recorded just 11 minutes combined in the three games before that.