Utah State’s Neemias Queta Declares for the NBA Draft

first_imgQueta was named the Mountain West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19 after shattering the single-season blocks record at USU and helping the Aggies to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2011. Queta finished the year with 84 blocks, far surpassing the previous school record of 59, set by Shawn Daniels during the 2000-01 season. Queta led the Mountain West and finished 14th in the nation with 2.4 blocks per contest. He started the year with at least one block in 29 straight games, the longest such streak in Utah State history, and recorded at least one rejection in all but one game during the year. Queta recorded a season-high six blocks in two games this season, matching the third-most blocks in a game in Utah State history and setting a new Mountain West freshman record. April 12, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Neemias Queta Declares for the NBA Draft Utah State men’s basketball news and information is available on Facebook (facebook.com/usumensbasketball), on Twitter (@usubasketball) and on Instagram (@usubasketball). Fans can also get USU men’s basketball highlights on YouTube (youtube.com/utahstateathletics). FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State freshman center Neemias Queta announced on Friday he will declare for the 2019 National Basketball Association Draft. Queta is being represented by an agent during the process, but per NCAA rules can return to Utah State if he removes his name from the draft by May 29. Tags: NBA Draft/Neemias Queta/Utah State Aggies Basketball “We are excited for Neemias to go through this process. It will be great for him to test himself against some of the best basketball players in the world,” USU head coach Craig Smith said. “The new rules in testing the NBA waters will give him an accurate assessment of where he stands. This should be a positive experience for him.” The timeline for early-entry into the NBA Draft is as follows: April 21 – deadline for early-entry draft candidates; April 22-May 29 – NBA teams can conduct or attend workouts with early-entry players; April 26-May 3 – NBA Draft Combine and G League Elite Camp invitations sent to invitees; May 12-14 – G League Elite Camp (Chicago, Ill.); May 14-19 – NBA Draft Combine (Chicago, Ill.); May 29 – NCAA (post-combine) withdrawal deadline. Queta’s other individual accolades included being named second-team all-Mountain West, Mountain West all-tournament team, second-team all-district 17 by the National Association of Basketball Coaches and all-district VIII by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. In addition to his defense, Queta finished second on the team with 11.8 points per game and led the team with 8.9 rebounds per game. Queta scored in double figures in 24 games and logged a team-best 10 double-doubles during the year. Queta’s team-leading 312 rebounds during the year marked the first time an Aggie has surpassed 300 rebounds in a season since the 1976-77 campaign and marked a new USU freshman record. Written by Robert Lovelllast_img