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USU Hoops: Aggies lose key recruit

Marvin Jean, a 6-foot-5 small forward out of New York, has run into eligibility issues and it appears that he won't be an Aggie.

The Tribune has learned that Jean, who would've been a junior this season, didn't complete the needed courses to graduate from Sullivan Community College. He does have a redshirt season available, so he could potentially return to junior college, graduate, and still make his way to Utah State. Or, he could go somewhere else.

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His departure means a few things for USU. Foremost, Spencer Butterfield and Danny Berger will now be the two main options at small forward. However, with Preston Medlin, those are now the three main options at both wing positions.

That means either Riley Bradshaw, or Quincy Bair, two incoming true freshmen, are likely to play, when both would've entered the season as prime candidates to redshirt.

Bair, a 6-5 forward out of American Fork, now gives the Aggies something they don't have on the roster: Length and athleticism at the small forward spot. Bradshaw played well this summer, but he's more of a shooting guard/point guard, and Medlin is likely to eat 33-35 minutes per game there.

Jean played very well this summer, up until he tore ligaments in his thumb and had to have surgery. He was left-handed, athletic and a good shooter as well. Utah State coaches still think the small forward position has been significantly upgraded with Butterfield's addition.

Still, Jean not coming to Logan hurts the Aggies depth at that spot.

Tony Jones

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