Koby McEwen leaves USU basketball team

Utah State guard Koby McEwen, right, looks to pass the ball as Air Force guard CJ Siples defends in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018, at Air Force Academy, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

LOGAN – The Utah State basketball team lost a top player Friday afternoon. Koby McEwen announced on Twitter that he had been granted a release from USU’s basketball team and will look to pursue athletic opportunities and continue his education elsewhere.

The guard from Toronto, Canada was highly recruited before joining USU. As a sophomore in 2017-18 he led the team in rebounds and assists while scoring 15.6 points per game. He was named the Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year following the 2016-17 season.

The departure comes after the firing of former head coach Tim Duryea. Duryea was officially replaced by new head coach Craig Smith earlier this week.

McEwen thanked his former coaches, teammates and Aggie nation. He said he will cherish his time at USU.

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