Utah State men’s basketball head coach Tim Duryea announced Monday another addition to the 2015-16 season in Alexis Dargenton, a 6-foot-7, 190-pound small forward from Laramie County Community College. The Fort-de-France, Martinique, native was also considering offers from Kansas State, Penn State and Tulsa.
“Alexis is a very versatile player who is just scratching the surface of his basketball ability,” Duryea said. “With increased strength and weight, he will be a very good addition to our program. Any time you can add a player of his size and length (6-11 wingspan) who can handle the ball, shoot the ball with 3-point range and be effective on the glass, you have improved your team.
“Versatility as a player is a big key in today’s college basketball world. Alexis is a great kid and a very good student as well. We are very excited to watch him realize his potential as an Aggie.”
Dargenton appeared and started in all 32 games for LCCC last season as a freshman, averaging 12.4 points and a team-best 7.7 rebounds per game. He also led the team with 10 double-doubles during the year, recording season highs of 23 points and 14 rebounds. His scoring numbers hit double digits 22 times and his rebounding totals eclipsed double digits 11 times. On the year, Dargenton shot 47 percent from the floor, including just less than 30 percent (29.7) from behind the 3-point line.
Dargenton was also active on the defensive end, recording steals in all but four games during the year and recording at least one block in 21 games. The sophomore-to-be averaged 1.6 steals per game and a team-high 1.1 blocks per outing.
Dargenton helped lead the Golden Eagles to a 22-10 overall mark and a run to the Region IX quarterfinals.
Dargenton is one of three signees adding to the Aggie roster in 2015-16, joining Shane Rector (Miami-Dade) and Dusan Majstorovic (Lee Academy Prep). Utah State also signed Brock Miller (Brighton HS) and Crew Ainge (Kimball Union Academy), but that duo is leaving on LDS Church missions and will join the Aggies for the 2017-18 season.
The additions will help bolster Utah State’s roster in 2015-16, which returns all five starters and nine letterwinners that led the team to an 18-13 record in 2014-15 and a fourth-place finish in the Mountain West. The list of returners includes all three of Utah State's all-conference selections in senior guard Chris Smith, junior forward Jalen Moore and sophomore forward David Collette.
Kyle Cottam is the Assistant Athletic Director for Media Relations at Utah State University.