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The Utah State men's basketball program received a big boost on Tuesday night, garnering a commitment from DeShawn Stephens, a 6-foot-9 small forward out of Santa Monica Junior College, The Salt Lake Tribune has learned.

According to a source, Stephens is the top recruiting priority for the Aggies for the Class of 2011. He is expected to come in and immediately challenge for a starting spot in Utah State's frontcourt next season.

Stephens is considered a major get for Stew Morrill's program because he adds length and superior athleticism to USU, two attributes the Aggies haven't had in the past.

"He's someone who will help Utah State in the NCAA Tournament," a source told The Tribune. "Utah State wouldn't be overwhelmed by the big men there because Stephens will be just as long and athletic as them."

Stephens visited Utah State last month, and left impressed, but declined to commit on the spot. He committed Tuesday night, and the Aggies beat out Hawaii, San Diego State and Long Beach State for his services.

Tony Jones