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USU basketball: High-scoring guard DeAngelo Isby commits to Aggies

Published March 20, 2017 6:45 pm
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The Aggies backcourt, which already figured to be the team's strength going forward, will add an experienced scoring threat to a group that includes the Mountain West's freshman of the year Koby McEwen and former local high school standout Sam Merrill next season.

DeAngelo Isby, who has spent the past two seasons at Wabash Valley College guard in Illinois, gave the Utah State University men's basketball program an oral commitment late last week. The 6-foot-5, 200-pound scoring-oriented guard from the Chicago area plans to sign a letter of intent during the April signing period and said he plans to be on campus by the mid-June. The 20-year-old will come in as a junior with two seasons of eligibility left.

While primarily a shooting guard, Isby has played multiple positions including point guard, small forward and even power forward.

"I'm mostly known for my scoring ability, but I do a good job of a little bit of everything on the court," Isby said. "That what allows me to be versatile and play multiple positions. I would say more scoring, passing, rebounding [are strengths]."

Isby averaged 15.6 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game in 30 games as a sophomore (28 starts). He scored 20 points or more nine times, including two games where he passed the 30-point plateau. He shot 45.9 percent from the field and 33.9 percent from 3-point range.

He posted very similar scoring production as a freshman. Isby averaged 15 points, 6.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 46.3 percent overall and 30.8 percent on 3-pointers. He also registered nine 20-point games as a freshman which included one 34-point performance.

USU is not allowed to comment on Isby until after he has signed a letter of intent, but Isby said he first heard from the coaching staff early this fall after a scrimmage/showcase at Wabash which USU's director of player development Kyle Taylor attended.

Isby visited the USU campus in the fall prior to the start of the Aggies season at the same time as another incoming junior college transfer, Dwayne Brown. Isby said the two initially met during the summer at a JUCO showcase event in Atlanta, Ga. Isby said he had interest from Murray State, Milwaukee and Arkansas State, but he did not go on another official visit after coming to USU.

"When I went on my visit the players were great," Isby said. "They took me in and accepted me as if I was already on the team. That played a major role. Even when I committed, they reached out to me and that just made me feel at home already."

The Aggies were one of the most-accurate shooting teams in the Mountain West this past season. They ranked second in field goal percentage and first in 3-point shooting percentage. Thought they'll lose the team's leading scorer Jalen Moore (17 points per game, 48 percent shooting, 43 percent 3-point percentage) to graduation as well as guard Shane Rector (8.0 ppg, 43 percent, 33 percent 3-pointers).

Isby said his 3-point shooting has improved since he came to Wabash, but he didn't credit it to any mechanical changes. Instead he said his improved shooting percentage has been a result of better shot selection. He also expressed excitement about playing off of McEwen.

"I just feel like me and Koby could get along well," Isby said. "We could complement each other's game, possibly be one of the best backcourts in the Mountain West."






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