In the fall, the Utah State men’s basketball team signed a trio of big men.
On Friday, the Aggies inked a pair of guards that will join the team and compete for playing time during the 2013-14 season. USU head coach Stew Morrill made it official by announcing Viko Noma’aea and JoJo McGlaston had signed National Letters of Intent.
Both guards will be freshmen this fall.
Noma'aea is a 6-foot-1, 180-pound combination guard from Las Vegas, where he was a two-year starter at Sierra Vista Mountain High School. He is joining USU after serving an LDS Church mission in Paris, France.
At Sierra Vista, Noma'aea was a two-time first-team all-Nevada State Class 4A honoree, as well as earning first-team all-region and all-Sunset-Southwest League honors. As a senior, he averaged 17.7 points, 5.3 assists and 5.9 rebounds per game, helping the Mountain Lions to the state semifinal appearance.
“Viko has all the guard skills to be successful at the Division I level,” Morrill said in a release. “He shoots, penetrates and passes the ball very well. He is also confident in his abilities, which is an important quality for a young player. We are delighted to have Viko join our program.”
In 13 games last season, Noma’aea recorded at least 20 points, including two over 30. He also had 17 games where he had five or more dimes, with a season-best of 11. His best rebounding outing was 11.
McGlaston is a 6-4, 180-pound guard from Dublin, Calif., where he was a four-year letterwinner at Dublin High School. In leading the Gaels in scoring at 22.0 points per game as a prep senior, McGlaston also led Dublin to a 27-7 overall record and its first Diablo Foothill Athletic League (DFAL) title since 1973. The Gaels lost in the NorCal Division II Championship game. He also averaged 7.8 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game, while shooting 58 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range.
“JoJo is a tremendous athlete who can score in a variety of ways,” Morrill said. “He has the talent to become a very good Mountain West Conference performer on both ends of the court. We are excited about adding a wing player with JoJo's potential.”
McGlaston was the DFAL Player of the Year and a first-team all-league selection as a senior, as well as earning first-team all-Bay Area and first-team all-East Bay honors, in addition to second-team all-California Division II accolades. He had a season-best 40 points in one game and a high of 14 rebounds.
Noma’aea and McGlaston join wing Jalen Moore, center Carson Shanks and forward Kyle Davis. That trio signed last November.
USU finished the 2012-13 season with a 21-10 overall record and an 11-7 mark in its eighth and final season in the Western Athletic Conference. The Aggies will join the Mountain West Conference on July 1.