Marco Anthony joins Craig Smith, commits to play basketball at Utah

Anthony played a key defensive role for Utah State last season under Smith.

Utah State guard Marco Anthony (44) dribbles the ball as San Diego State forward Keshad Johnson (0) defends during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP, Pool)

University of Utah men’s basketball coach Craig Smith has nabbed another of his former Utah State players.

Guard Marco Anthony announced Tuesday on Twitter that he has committed to the Utes. Anthony, who will be a senior next season, played an integral defensive role for the Aggies.

Anthony announced last week that he would enter the transfer portal after two seasons at Utah State. He didn’t play the first due to NCAA transfer rules. He transferred from the University of Virginia, where he won a national championship in 2019.

Anthony is not the first Aggie to jump ship from USU and join Smith at the U. Rollie Worster, who started this past season as a true freshman, also recently committed to the Utes.

Utah State coach Ryan Odom has now lost Worster, Anthony and Alphonso Anderson off last year’s roster. Those three players served important roles in what was the third straight season the Aggies qualified for the NCAA Tournament.

But Odom has brought many of his former players from the University of Maryland-Baltimore County to USU in recent weeks.