Tai Wesley to play in NABC all-star game Friday at Final Four

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State’s Tai Wesley will play one more game as a collegiate basketball player as he has been invited to participate in the 2011 NABC (National Association of Basketball Coaches) Reese’s College All-Star game on Friday, April 1 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. The event, which showcases the top college seniors and serves as a tip-off for the Final Four weekend, will start at 3:35 p.m. (MT) and be televised nationally on TruTV, which can be found on Comcast Ch. 44 / Ch. 736HD in Cache Valley; DirectTV Ch. 246 or Dish Network Ch. 204. For those fans in the Houston area, the event is free and open to the public. Wesley will play for the West All-Stars, which will be coached by former Oklahoma head coach Billy Tubbs. Other members of the West All-Stars include Andrew Goudelock (College of Charleston); Kenneth Faried (Morehead State); Malcolm Thomas (San Diego State); Kalin Lucas (Michigan State); Tristan Thompson (North Texas); Alex Stephenson (USC); Mickey McConnell (Saint Mary’s); Cameron Jones (Northern Arizona); and Gary Johnson (Texas). The East All-Star team will be coached by Bill Foster, who led Duke to the NCAA title game in 1978. Members of that team include Dwight Hardy (St. John’s); Lavoy Allen (Temple); Brad Wanamaker (Pittsburgh); Chris Warren (Mississippi); Austin Freeman (Georgetown); Mike Davis (Illinois); Gary McGhee (Pittsburgh); Jacob Pullen (Kansas State); Vlad Moldoveanu (American); and Jimmy Butler (Marquette). Wesley, a 6-7 senior All-American forward from Provo, Utah, led Utah State to a 30-4 record and its fourth-straight Western Athletic Conference regular season championship this year as USU posted a 15-1 league mark. Utah State also won its second WAC Tournament title in the last three years and advanced to its third-straight NCAA Tournament. As a senior, Wesley was named the WAC’s Player of the Year as he led the team in scoring and rebounding with 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per game. He finished the year ranking second in the WAC in field goal shooting (.599), fifth in blocked shots (1.06), sixth in scoring and sixth in rebounding. As a senior, he scored 502 points marking the 47th time in school history that an Aggie has scored 500 points in a single season. -USU-

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