In-state standout joining Utah State basketball program

LOGAN, Utah – Utah State men’s basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Friday that in-state standout David Collette has agreed to join the Aggie basketball program beginning in the 2011-12 season. Collette, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from Murray (Utah) High School earned first-team all-state honors from both the Deseret News and Salt Lake Tribune as a prep senior as he averaged 22.4 points, 8.8 rebounds and 3.7 blocks per game, while shooting 60.5 percent from the field (201-332), 64.2 percent from the free throw line (106-165) and 33.3 percent from three-point range (7-21). Collette was also named the 5A-Region 2 Most Valuable Player as a senior as voted on by the coaches. “David has a bright future as a basketball player and we are delighted that he will be part of our program,” said Morrill. “He is very athletic with good skills and as he matures we know he will continue our tradition of quality big men from the state of Utah. “David is an excellent student and high-character young man who has been taught all the right things at home. He is a wonderful addition to Utah State Basketball.” As a senior, Collette helped led Murray High School to a 20-4 record and a co-Region 2 Championship. During the year, Collette scored in double-figures in all 23 games he played in, including sixteen 20-point games and four 30-point games, to go along with 10 double-doubles. Collette scored a career-high 33 points twice during his senior year against Cyprus High School during the regular season and Brighton High School in the state tournament. His career-high rebound game was 15 against Spanish Fork High School, while he posted a career-high six blocked shots against Granger High School. “I think David is the best Division I senior recruit in the state this year,” said Jason Workman, Murray High School’s head coach. “He is a very versatile post player in that he can shoot from the perimeter and he runs the floor very well. David fits into the mold the type of post players Utah State has had in the past and I think he will really surprise a lot of people at the Division I level.” Collette earned third-team all-state honors as a junior at Murray High School as he led his team with nearly 18 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. “I chose Utah State because of its quality basketball program,” said Collette. “I really like Coach Morrill and his coaching style. “His staff knows how to use their big men and I know they will develop my skills.”- USU –

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