LOGAN, Utah – Utah State head men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has announced the additions of three high school standouts to the 2019-20 signing class. The signings include Liam McChesney (Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada/Charles Hays Secondary School), Cade Potter (Orange, Calif./Orange Lutheran HS) and Landon Brenchley (Millville, Utah/Ridgeline HS).
McChesney, a 6-9 forward, was selected as a member of the Canadian U17 National Team last summer after averaging 30 points, 14 rebounds and five assists per game as a junior at Charles Hays Secondary School in Prince Rupert, British Columbia. McChesney was also part of the pool for the Canadian U17 Team as a sophomore as one of the top-25 athletes in the nation.
“Liam is a multi-dimensional athlete that can play all over the floor,” Smith said. “He is a legitimate 6-9, very long, and can shoot it from anywhere. He can score the ball at every level and is an excellent passer and rebounder. He has great feel for the game.”
Potter, a 6-8 forward, who is an Orange Lutheran High School product in Orange, Calif., averaged 11.4 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.8 blocks, 1.6 steals and 1.4 assists per game as a junior last season. Potter will depart on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the spring and will join the Aggies for the 2021-22 season.
“Cade is another versatile player,” Smith said. “He has good size, great strength, and is a player we can utilize almost anywhere on the floor. He is a powerful athlete that can make a lot of good things happen.”
Brenchley, a 6-4 guard, is a Cache Valley product and a three-year varsity starter at Ridgeline High School. Last season, Brenchley averaged 19.0 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game en route to earning first-team all-region honors. As a sophomore, Brenchley was a member of the starting rotation and helped the Riverhawks to a state title, earning third-team all-region honors along the way.
“Landon brings size and versatility to the table and has a high basketball IQ,” Smith said. “He has the ability to stretch the defense and has a great feel for the game. He’s a good rebounder and brings a lot of intangibles that make him a great addition to our program.”
Utah State returns to the floor on Friday, hosting Utah Valley at 7 p.m., inside the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum as part of the MGM Main Event. The Aggies will play the final two contests of the MGM Main Event next week in Las Vegas, opening with Saint Mary’s at T-Mobile Arena on Monday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 p.m. (MT).