LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Monday two players, Kyisean Reed (pronounced Key-Shawn) and Jordan Stone, who have signed National Letters of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the fall of 2011. Reed will have two years of eligibility at Utah State, while Stone will have four. Reed, a 6-7, 215-pound forward, is currently a sophomore at Antelope Valley Junior College in Lancaster, Calif. Through five games this year, Reed is averaging approximately 19.0 points and 9.0 rebounds, and was named the Most Valuable Player of the Ventura College Tournament this past weekend. As a freshman at Antelope Valley during the 2008-09 season, Reed earned first-team all-Foothill Conference honors and honorable mention all-state accolades as he averaged 11.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game. Reed finished the year with 86 blocks to lead the conference and set a new California Junior College single-season record for blocks by a freshman. “Kyisean is a great kid and a splendid athlete,” said Antelope Valley head coach John Taylor. “Kyisean wanted to play for somebody really good and I think he found a really good spot at Utah State. I think Kyisean will help Utah State and Utah State will help Kyisean.” Reed prepped at Highland High School in Palmdale, Calif., where he was named first-team all-state and the Defensive Player of the Year in the Golden League during his senior season, while averaging approximately 24.0 points, 13.0 rebounds and 6.0 blocks per game. “Kyisean is an explosive athlete who has great potential at the Division I level,” said Morrill. “He is a versatile player that can score in a variety of ways. He also has the tools necessary to be a good defender and rebounder. “Kyisean comes from a well coached Junior College that has produced a lot of good players. We are excited to have him as an Aggie. With us losing six seniors, it’s imperative that we add some immediate help from the junior college ranks. We know Kyisean will be ready!” Stone is a 6-11, 270-pound center who prepped at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah. Following high school, Stone served a two-year LDS Church Mission in New York City, N.Y., and returned in October of 2010. As a senior at Sky View HS during the 2007-08 season, Stone earned first-team all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune and second-team all-state honors from the Deseret News as he averaged approximately 18.0 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.0 blocks per game, while shooting 58.0 percent from the field and 77.0 percent at the free throw line. “Jordan was a very good high school player and he is only going to get better at Utah State,” said former Sky View head coach Terrell Baldwin. “Jordan understands the success Coach Morrill has had working with big guys and he will work extremely hard to improve his game.” During his senior year, Stone scored a career-high 40 points and had a career-high 23 rebounds in the same game against Highland (Idaho) High School. Stone also earned all-region honors as a prep senior and was his team’s Most Valuable Player as both a junior and senior. “Jordan has the size and strength to be a very productive big man at our level,” Morrill said. “Terrell Baldwin did a wonderful job with Jordan and its now up to us to continue his development. “We’ve had several Cache Valley players who had great careers at Utah State and we feel confident that we’ve got another one in Jordan. He’s an excellent student, a very hard worker, and was taught all the right things growing up in a wonderful family.” -USU-
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