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LOGAN, Utah - Utah State's head men's basketball coach Stew Morrill announced Monday the signing of Deundrae Spraggins (Caseyville, Ill.) to a National Letter of Intent to compete for the Aggies beginning in the 2007-08 season. The 6-3, 180-pound guard/forward just completed his sophomore season at Paris Junior College in Paris, Texas, and will have two years of eligibility with Utah State.
"We expect Deundrae (pronounced Dee-on-dray) to make a strong and immediate contribution to Utah State Basketball," said Morrill. "He will bring maturity, character and toughness to the program and we are delighted he has decided to join the Aggies. Deundrae takes great pride in the defensive end of the court, but also is an excellent shooter who can make plays for others. He will help our team in many areas."
As a sophomore at Paris Junior College, Spraggins earned third-team all-Texas Eastern Conference and honorable mention all-region 14 honors as he averaged 11.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game, while shooting 52.8 percent from the field, 44.4 percent from three-point range, and 84.1 percent from the free throw line. Spraggins also earned honorable mention all-conference honors during his freshman season as he averaged 6.5 points per game.
During his two years at Paris Junior College, Spraggins helped lead the Dragons to an overall record of 51-11 and back-to-back Texas Eastern Conference Championships with a combined 37-7 league mark.
"Deundrae is a outstanding person who will be a great addition to Utah State's basketball program, the University and the community," said Paris Junior College head coach Ross Hodge. "He play extremely hard, can defend multiple positions, shoots a high percentage from three-point range, and does a lot of things to help your team win games."
Along with Utah State, Spraggins was also recruited by Eastern Illinois, Illinois State, North Texas, Sam Houston State and Texas A&M Corpus Christi.