Utah State’s Tai Wesley One Of The Most Complete Players In College Basketball

LOGAN, Utah – Entering his final season of collegiate basketball, Utah State’s Tai Wesley is one of the most complete players in the nation as he is the only active player at the Division I level with career numbers of 1,200 points, 600 rebounds, 250 assists and 100 blocks.Even more impressive, Wesley is one of just four active players with career numbers of 1,200 points, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks joining Virginia Tech’s Jeff Allen, Oakland’s Keith Benson and Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried.Wesley, a 6-7 240-pound forward from Provo, Utah (Provo HS), enters his senior year with 1,247 points, 602 rebounds, 283 assists and 108 blocks. Overall, he ranks fourth all-time at Utah State in blocks and field goal shooting (.595), is 14th all-time in assists, 18th all-time in rebounding and 20th in scoring.Wesley, who was named the Western Athletic Conference Preseason Player of the Year this fall as voted on by the league’s coaches, earned first-team all-WAC honors as a junior along with being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-District 6 second team.In the 48-year history of the Western Athletic Conference, Wesley is one of just four players who have ever produced similar numbers joining New Mexico’s Luc Longley (1988-91) and Kenny Thomas (1996-99), and Utah’s Josh Grant (1988-93).”Tai’s versatility is without question his strength,” said USU head coach Stew Morrill. “He doesn’t appear spectacular to those that watch him until you watch closely and see all the things he does on a basketball floor. I know as a coach it’s a luxury to have a player like Tai Wesley because you can do so many things with his skill level. He has a great feel for the game of basketball, something you really can’t teach, and I feel fortunate to have coached him throughout his career.”As a three-year starter for Morrill, Wesley has led Utah State to three-straight regular season WAC titles and back-to-back appearances in the NCAA Tournament. During the past three years, Utah State has an overall record of 81-24 (.771) including a 40-8 (.833) WAC mark.Wesley and Utah State begin its 2010-11 season on Saturday, Nov. 13 against in-state rival Weber State followed by a game at No. 24 Brigham Young on Wednesday, Nov. 17.Utah State received votes in both preseason polls this fall as it garnered six votes in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll to rank 40th and four votes in the AP poll to rank 43rd.

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