Utah State star Neemias Queta leaving Aggies after one season to chase NBA dream — though he does leave the door ajar for a possible return to Logan

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Utah State Aggies center Neemias Queta (23) controls the ball, as Weber State Wildcats forward Michal Kozak (11) defends, in basketball action in the Beehive Classic, between against the Utah State Aggies and Weber State Wildcats, a the Vivint Smart Home Arena, Saturday December 8, 2018.

After just one season at Utah State, star freshman center Neemias Queta has decided to try taking his game to the next level.

On Friday, Queta announced he would declare for the upcoming NBA draft, which will be held June 20. He made the announcement on Twitter and included a parting message to Aggies fans.

“After discussing with my family and coaching staff, I have decided to pursue my dream of playing in the NBA and will declare for the 2019 NBA Draft,” Queta wrote. “I plan to hire an agent with the full intent of staying in the draft, while also retaining my eligibility should I choose to return to school.”

Queta, who Utah State recruited from Portugal, was the second-leading scorer for the Aggies, as well as their enforcer in the paint on the defensive end. He averaged 11.8 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game.

While Queta was only a freshman on a team full of underclassmen, Queta turned out to be one of the most influential pieces for Utah State, which enjoyed a historic season, won a share of the Mountain West Conference title and earned a trip to the NCAA Tournament.

“Coming from Portugal to Utah as a 19-year-old young man, I never could’ve expected all of the amazing events that would unfold over the next year,” Queta wrote. “From winning the conference championship to making the NCAA Tournament and building lifelong relationships along the way, I’ve loved every minute of it.”

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