With three senior guards on this year’s men’s basketball team, the Aggies have been busy recruiting replacements.
Earlier this week Utah State received its third verbal commitment from a guard. All three will officially sign in November.
Darius Perkins was the latest to choose the Aggies. The 6-foot-2, 200-pound guard from Fort Meyers, Fla., visited Cache Valley two weekends ago.
“I liked the whole school situation,” Perkins said Thursday in a telephone interview. “It’s known for winning and making the move to the Mountain West that really topped it off. Plus, I like (head) coach (Stew) Morrill and his coaching staff as well.”
Perkins is currently playing at Miami Dade Community College in Florida for coach Steven Cowherd. He is listed as a combo guard, but prefers to play the two.
Preston Medlin, TeNale Roland and Spencer Butterfield are all seniors. Butterfield has played some forward, but all three are guards.
“I can score and create for others,” said Perkins, when asked about his strengths. “Most people don’t give me credit, but I’m a pretty good defender. I like to defend. I take pride in my defense.”
Which is music to Morrill’s ears. The USU coach can not comment on athletes until they officially sign.
Last year he played just one semester at Miami Dade and averaged 19 points a game. He shot 42 percent from 3-point range.
“Darius is the second-hardest working player I’ve ever been around,” Cowherd said. “The first guy is Tony Douglas, a guy I was with at Florida State and is now in the NBA. Darius works his butt off. He never has a bad day effort wise.
“... He really shoots it at a high, major level. He is really good defensively and understands the game. He is unselfish and is a good basketball player. ... I think Utah State is the perfect school for him.”
Other schools that pursued Perkins included Ole Miss, Florida International, Louisiana Tech and Minnesota, to name a few.
Perkins is excited to play in the Dee Glen Smith Spectrum. He has seen videos on YouTube.
“I really am excited to come out there,” Perkins said. “... The fans seem to be real crazy and I just want to witness that.”