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Big man commits to USU

It only took Bryce Webster one visit to fall in love with Utah State.

Webster, who is currently playing at Irvine Valley Community College, made an official trip to Logan last week and later committed to play basketball for the Aggies next season.

Webster (6-foot-9, 250 pounds) was ranked the 19th-best high school center in the nation by scout.com when he was a senior at St. Thomas Academy High School (Mendota Heights, Minn.). He committed to the University of Minnesota, where he played for one season before transferring to Irvine Valley.

According to scout.com, Webster "has all the tools to be an outstanding prospect. ... Has a big body and generally works well around the basket. Consistency has been an issue, and he'll need to be stronger with the ball in the paint."

Utah State assistant coach James War was the director of basketball operations at Minnesota during Webster's recruiting process with the Gophers.

He averaged just 1.2 points and 1.7 rebounds in 28 games (seven starts) with the 9-22 Gophers. He played an average of 9.3 minutes. He shot 41.9 percent from the field and 64.3 percent from the foul line.

As a senior in high school, Webster averaged 21.6 points, 11.5 rebounds and 3.5 blocks and was named the 2006 Minnesota Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year. As a junior, he earned all-state honors after averaging 21.8 points and 12.1 rebounds.

He was also recruited by Notre Dame, Marquette and Boston College.

Utah State's other commitments include Deremy Geiger (Canyon Springs HS, Nev.) and Jordan Stone (Sky View High School).


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