Utah State gets Neemias Queta back. Are the Aggies the team to beat in the MWC?

Craig Smith was already bringing back a strong crew for the 2019-20 season, but now he may have a monster on his hands with the return of his 7-foot center Neemias Queta.

The Mountain West Conference Defensive Player of the Year and Freshman of the Year pulled his name out of the 2019 NBA Draft.

Queta blocked a Utah State record 84 shots. He also averaged 11.8 points and 8.9 rebounds per game.

Here’s the big man’s announcement via Twitter:

According to the Deseret News, Queta had plenty of interest from the NBA:

The 6-foot-11 defensive powerhouse was one of 66 athletes invited to the NBA Combine in Chicago earlier this May, where he reportedly met with as many as 11 different franchises.

“It was a great experience to be involved with the NBA Draft combine and it really helped me to know where I need to improve,” Queta said in a news release. “We have a really good team coming back and I’m excited to get stronger and get better.”

USU will also return MWC Player of the Year Sam Merrill, Justin Bean, Abel Porter, Brock Miller and Diogo Brito. Smith may also have impact newcomers in Sean Bairstow and JUCO Alphonso Anderson.

Photo courtesy The Herald News

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