The Utah State basketball program has been one of the best unsung “mid-majors” in the country over the past few seasons, but on Monday, their 2013-2014 prospects took a major hit.
Utah State announces F Jarred Shaw suspended for violation of team rules. Shaw leads Aggies (6-2) in scoring, rebounding, blocked shots.
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) December 16, 2013
The program released word on Monday that leading scorer Jarred Shaw has been suspended “indefinitely” for a violation of team rules, and their tournament prospects could be going by the wayside with this news. Shaw has appeared in all 8 games this season (Utah State is 6-2 in those contests), and as mentioned by Andy Katz above, he’s led the way in virtually every statistical category.
The 6-foot-10 senior is averaging 16.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game in just over 26 minutes (translating to fantastic per-minute numbers), and his loss will be felt across the board. Shaw’s shear size is something that is slightly out of the ordinary for a program like USU, but when combined with his significant talent, it’s a difficult match-up for everyone in the Mountain West.
It is unclear just how long Shaw will be gone, but as the team approaches conference play (which begins in earnest when the calendar turns to 2014), his absence will be magnified. Stay tuned for more details as they arrive