Shane Rector signs with Utah State

Shane Rector will give the Aggies better ball handling and playmaking next year. USU loses JoJo McGlaston but adds a PG.

Utah State men’s basketball head coach Tim Duryea announced Friday that Shane Rector has signed a National Letter of Intent to play for the Aggies beginning in the 2015-16 season.

Rector, a 6-2, 180-pound point guard, earned Florida Community College Activities Association first-team all-state and all-region honors as a sophomore at Miami Dade College in Miami, Fla., this past season as he helped the Sharks to a 21-11 record and a second-place finish in the Division-1 Southern Conference with an 8-4 mark.

During his sophomore season at Miami Dade College, Rector averaged 17.4 points, 5.5 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.3 steals and 0.6 steals per game and shot 41.9 percent (160-of-382) from the field, including 34.2 percent (39-of-114) from three-point range, and 76.1 percent (162-213) at the free throw line. In all, he scored in double-figures 27 times during the year including nine 20-point games and two 30-point outings, scoring 30 points against both Palm Beach State College and Daytona State College. He dished out a season-high 10 assists against Eastern Florida State College and had at least five assists in 19 games during the year. He also grabbed a season-high seven rebounds in three different games and had at least five rebounds in 11 games.

Rector spent his freshman season at the University of Missouri, where he played in 23 games and averaged 4.6 minutes per contest. He scored a season-high three points against Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament, while adding two rebounds and two steals. He also scored a season-high three points against Hawaii on 3-of-4 free throw shooting, and played a season-high 15 minutes against Northwestern, scoring two points.

Rector prepped at South Kent (Conn.) High School as he averaged 17.4 points and 7.1 assists as a senior. He began his prep career at St. Raymond's High School in Bronx, N.Y., and led St. Ray's to its first Catholic High School Athletic Association (CHSAA) Class AA city championship since 2004 as a junior. As a junior, Rector earned all-conference honors, and was named to the CHSAA all-tournament team, as he averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 assists during the season in helping St. Ray’s HS to a 22-10 record.

“Shane is a dynamic, athletic point guard who has shown a knack for being able to score in a variety of ways,” Duryea said. “He is also strong at penetrating and making plays for his teammates.”

Rector is the third signee for Utah State, joining guard Dusan Majstorovic (Lee Academy Prep) and Brock Miller (Brighton). Miller is anticipated to join the Aggies for the 2017-18 season, following the completion of a two-year LDS Church Mission.

Duryea also announced that sophomore guard JoJo McGlaston asked for and was granted a release from the program and will not be returning for the Aggies.

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