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Utah State guard Abel Porter to transfer to Ohio State

Utah State Aggies guard Abel Porter (15) celebrates his team’s win over the against the Fresno State Bulldogs in a Mountain West Conference semifinal game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday, March 15, 2019.
Utah State Aggies guard Abel Porter (15) celebrates his team’s win over the against the Fresno State Bulldogs in a Mountain West Conference semifinal game at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Friday, March 15, 2019.

Once a walk-on, Utah State point guard Abel Porter, who prepped at Davis High School, is now headed to the Big Ten.

Porter on Saturday announced via Twitter that he will spend his final year of college eligibility at Ohio State after he graduates from Utah State later this spring with a master’s degree.

After a standout high school career with the Darts and a church mission to Russia, Porter joined the Aggies for the 2016-2017 campaign but played in just three games before a season-ending injury. He appeared in 23 games the next year and then became a full-time starter in the 2018-2019 season as Utah State made a surprise run to the Mountain West Conference title and the NCAA Tournament.

In the 2019-2020 campaign, he started every game, averaging 5.6 points and 2.4 rebounds in 25.7 minutes per contest as the Aggies again clinched a berth in the NCAA Tournament before it was canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 6-foot-3 Porter will join an Ohio State squad that finished the 2019-2020 season ranked No. 19 in the country in the Associated Press poll.