Utah State’s Neemias Queta invited to NBA Draft Combine

Utah State Aggies center Neemias Queta (23) blocks New Mexico Lobos guard Anthony Mathis (32) during the second half against the New Mexico Lobos in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, on March 14. The Utah State Aggies won against the New Mexico Lobos, 91-83, to advance in the semifinals of the Mountain West Championship.

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State freshman Neemias Queta is one of 66 players that has received an invitation to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, scheduled in Chicago from May 16-17. Aggie fans can watch coverage of the event on ESPN2 from 1-5 p.m. (MT) each day.

Queta is the only player from the state of Utah on the list and one of two from the Mountain West, joining San Diego State’s Jalen McDaniel.

Queta was named the Mountain West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19 after shattering the single-season blocks record at USU and helping the Aggies to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2011. Queta finished the year with 84 blocks, far surpassing the previous school record of 59, set by Shawn Daniels during the 2000-01 season. Queta led the Mountain West and finished 14th in the nation with 2.4 blocks per contest. He started the year with at least one block in 29 straight games, the longest such streak in Utah State history, and recorded at least one rejection in all but one game during the year. Queta recorded a season-high six blocks in two games this season, matching the third-most blocks in a game in Utah State history and setting a new Mountain West freshman record.

In addition to his defense, Queta finished second on the team with 11.8 points per game and led the team with 8.9 rebounds per game. Queta scored in double figures in 24 games and logged a team-best 10 double-doubles during the year. Queta’s team-leading 312 rebounds during the year marked the first time an Aggie has surpassed 300 rebounds in a season since the 1976-77 campaign and marked a new USU freshman record.

Utah State finished the 2018-19 season with an overall mark of 28-7, tying for the third-most victories in school history and secured a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest-ever seed by the Aggies in the history of the program. USU also finished the year ranked No. 25 in the nation, while scoring a school-record 2,753 points and logging a school-record 147 blocks.

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