Aggies have questions at the guard line

Utah State basketball coach Stew Morrill learned early in his coaching career that it’s good to have options.
“I would rather have too many guys that can play than not enough,” he said. “It sometimes can clutter it up a bit, but it also gives you a chance to look at a whole lot of possibilities”
Such is the case with the point guard position.
Kris Clark, the Aggies’ all-time single-season assists leader, is gone, and with Desmond Stephens returning as well as redshirt Jaxon Myaer, and newcomer Deremy Geiger, Morrill will have possibilities when it comes to who will run the team.
Stephens, a junior college transfer, saw considerable minutes to solidify his spot as the future starter, but poor shot selection, a low shooting percentage, questionable passes, and inopportune turnovers leave more question marks than answers.
Morrill will be the first to admit it takes time — especially for a point guard — to learn his complex offensive system.
“It’s going to be a competition because we don’t have a starter returning,” Morrill said. “It will be up to the guys returning and to the new people to be able to find someone that cane man that spot.”
Stephens shot just 30.1 percent from the field (26.8 percent from the three-point line), and had 57 assists with 48 turnovers.
Myaer should push for the starting job, as could incoming freshman Geiger, who averaged 22.4 points at Las Vegas? Canyon Springs High School.
“Utah State is getting a sleeper. They’re really getting a steal on him,” Canyon Springs coach Daryl Branham told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
Along with solving the point-guard issues, the Aggies need to find a perimeter scorer. Again, the Aggies have addressed it with a couple of junior college standouts, but only time will tell.
It won’t be easy finding a guy equal to two-time All-American Jaycee Carroll, who averaged 22 points a game last year.
Local product Jared Quayle averaged 24.4 points and 7.8 rebounds at Western Wyoming Community College. He shot 50 percent from three and 76.7 percent from the foul line.
Also, the Aggies inked Stavon Williams, who averaged 15.4 points and 5.3 rebounds at San Jacinto College.
As in years past, there were many holes to fill and questions to be answered, but Morrill and his team seemed to answer the bell and win at least 23 games in each of the last nine seasons.

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