True Freshman Klay Stall may be redshirting this season, but with his size and frame, Aggie fans are hopeful for Stall's future with Utah State. Stall was a four-year letter-winner in high school but missed a large portion of his senior year due to a knee injury. This redshirt season will allow Stall to acclimate back to basketball after being away from the game for some time.
Stall averaged 11.8 points, 11.4 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game as a junior in high school.
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· Tell me about your recruitment and journey to Utah State.
I wasn’t heavily recruited until the spring of my junior year. However, once I blew my knee out, Utah State was the school that showed the most loyalty to me. The coaches were always checking up on me after surgery and such. A lot of the other mountain west teams that were recruiting me didn’t really do that so I fell in love with that sense of family and home atmosphere.
· What is a strength in your game that you feel you will bring to this team?
I need to work myself back into basketball after being out with the knee injury. I want to play with a motor and defend and rebound well. I’m not trying to do anything too far outside my comfort zone. Whatever coach tells me to do I’ll do whether it’s setting screens, defending or blocking shots
· Who has surprised you in practice so far?
In Division I basketball everyone is competitive. You don’t make it here if you can’t compete. I’d probably say Koby though. He has a killer instinct. He has the “Kobe” mentality so it must be his name. He’s earned himself some minutes as a freshman and that doesn’t just happen by accident
· Who is the funniest on the team?
Well six of us live together in one place and then the other six live together so we’re always with each other as brothers. You know how families are always cracking jokes on each other. I would say either Koby or Ngor though. They both have a big sense of humor
· Where is your favorite place to eat in Logan?
I like Morty’s. It’s super good. It’s on campus which is nice too.
· What’s been the best part of USU so far?
The amount of support we receive here is second to none. Steph up in the Laub center is super cool and always helping us. She is kind of like my second mother because she is always making sure our work is done
· What is your pregame ritual?
I like to listen to music and get mentally prepared. I go over the scouting report that we have. All the resources I need to succeed are available to me so I just need to mentally prepare. They make us turn our phones in an hour before the game starts so we can be out here early for warmups. It’s all business. Road trips are a business trip. There is no time for goofing around. Every game matters from here on out
· What pro player do you try to pattern your game after?
I’m probably most like Tyson Chandler. He’s a veteran guy who is big and does what he is told to do. He’s not too flashy but he gets the job done