New Utah State head coach Tim Duryea drew a few yawns from Aggie fans who were hoping for big splash hire to replace Stew Morrill. Duryea hasn't wasted much time turning those yawns into cheers. Many fans criticized Morrill for not playing enough big-time opponents who wouldn't promise a return trip to Logan. One of Duryea's first acts as head coach was to schedule a game against the defending national champion Duke Blue Devils. Some fans also criticized Morrill's recruiting. Duryea had already secured commitments from 2015 PG Shane Rector and 2016 PF Klay Stall and now he has added an ESPN top-100 prospect to the 2016 class.
Koby McEwen is not only one of the top players in Utah, but he is also one of the top players in the country. A native of Toronto, Canada, McEwen has been playing high school ball at Wasatch Academy in Mt. Pleasant, Utah. McEwen is one of the most highly-rated recruits to ever commit to Utah State. McEwen held offers from Baylor, Georgia Tech, New Mexico State, Ole Miss, Texas Tech, Wake Forest, and others.
One reason McEwen chose Utah State was the opportunity to contribute early. Utah State will lose a bevy of guard talent after this season and McEwen should have an opportunity to compete for a starting spot from day 1 on campus. The 2016 backcourt will also include Rector (Sr.), Julian Pearre (Jr.), Henry Bolton (Jr.), and Sam Merrill (Fr.). McEwen is capable of playing both guard spots but is expected to play PG in college.