Danny Berger


Number:

12


Class:

Junior


Position:

Guard/Forward


Height:

6-6


Weight:

205


Hometown:

Medford, Oregon


High School:

North Medford HS





Number:

12


Class:

Junior


Position:

Guard/Forward


Height:

6-6


Weight:

205


Hometown:

Medford, Oregon


High School:

North Medford HS


Danny Berger


THIS SEASON: Making full recovery from suffering heart attack in early December... Has continued to gain strength and has resumed regular activities and is expected to return to full action this season... Coaching staff is optimistic about what he will bring to court and team this season.improvement could be an important cog for the team.

2012-13 SEASON (JR): Started first five games of season before collapsing in practice on Dec. 4 from full cardiac arrest, but was released from Intermountain Medical Center in Murray, Utah on the morning of Dec. 8 and was on the bench with his teammates that night... Averaged 7.6 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game in 22.2 minutes of action per contest... Shot 40.0 percent from the floor (12-of-30), making 25.0 percent behind the arc (4-of-16) as well as 83.3 percent at the free throw line (10-of-12)... At time of medical situation, ranked sixth in WAC in free throw percentage... Posted double-digits in two games, tallying 10 against Saint Mary's (11/15) and season-high 11 points at Santa Clara (11/28), throwing down lone dunk of the season... Made season-high two three-pointers in both Saint Mary's (11/15) and Santa Clara (11/28) games... Snared three or more rebounds in each of last four games played, including season high five in two of last three games, against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi (11/17) and Santa Clara (11/28)... Dished out at least two assists in four of five games played, distributing three helpers in both SMC (11/15) and TAMU-CC (11/17) games.

2012 SEASON (SO.): Started 25 of the final 31 games of the season after sitting out the first six games of the year as a potential redshirt... Finished the year averaging 6.6 points, 3.4 rebounds and 2.35 assists per game, while shooting 37.2 percent from the field (64-172), 36.7 percent from three-point range (36-98), and 76.9 percent at the free throw line (40-52)... Played an average of 25.8 minutes per game... Ranked 11th in the WAC in three-point shooting and 13th in assists... Scored in double-figures 10 times during the season including a career-high tying 17 points against Oakland (3/25) in the semifinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Was 5-of-6 from behind the arc against Oakland tying Utah State's single-game postseason record for three-pointers made... That shooting percentage from three against OU (.833) is also tied for the ninth-best single-game performance in school history... Recorded a career-high eight rebounds against Idaho (2/24) and grabbed five-plus rebounds nine times during the year... Had a career-best six assists against Kent State (12/22) and dished out five or more assists four times during the season... Had a career-high three steals against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament to go along with a career-high 17 points... Played a career-high 36 minutes twice during the year... Led the team in rebounding twice and in scoring once.

JUNIOR COLLEGE: Earned Southern Region first-team honors from the Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges as he averaged 16.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.1 steals during his freshman season (2008-09) at Chemeketa (Ore.) Community College, and shot 53.2 percent from the field (141-265), 46.7 percent from three-point range (42-90) and 82.5 percent at the free throw line (80-97)... Scored in double-figures 22 times as a collegiate freshman... Also had six 20-point games during the season including a career-high 32 points against Clark College.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-league and honorable mention all-state honors as a prep senior at North Medford (Ore.) High School as he set single-season school records for points scored (459) and three-pointers made (53)... As a prep senior, he averaged 17.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists, while shooting 50.8 percent from the field (135-266), 45.7 percent from three-point range (53-116) and 78.0 percent at the free throw line (96-123).

PERSONAL: Full name is Daniel Clarence Berger... Born May 12, 1990 in Fort Collins, Colo... One of three children of Brian and Diane Berger... Returned from a two-year LDS Church Mission in Detroit, Mich., in August, 2011... His sister, Lauren, played volleyball at Fresno State and his brother, John, played basketball at Dixie State College... Majoring in business administration.




Spencer Butterfield


Number:

21


Class:

SENIOR


Position:

guard/forward


Height:

6-3


Weight:

205


Hometown:

Loomis, Calif.


High School:

DEL ORO HS





Number:

21


Class:

SENIOR


Position:

guard/forward


Height:

6-3


Weight:

205


Hometown:

Loomis, Calif.


High School:

DEL ORO HS


Spencer Butterfield


HONORS: Second-Team All-WAC (2012-13) WAC All-Newcomer Team (2012-13) WAC Player of the Week (March 10, 2013; Feb. 11, 2013) Academic All-WAC (2013)

RECORDS: No. 10 on USU single-season consecutive double-double list with five.

THIS SEASON: Has seen very limited action in offseason recovering from hip surgery... A dedicated, competitive, strong player... Plays the game extremely hard... Great rebounder for his size... Very capable, versatile scorer... Expected to show continued improvement on defensive end.

2012-13 SEASON (JR): Earned second-team all-WAC honors and named to WAC all-newcomer team... Named the WAC Player of the Week on both Feb. 11 and March 10... Started 24 of 29 games played... Averaged 12.2 points, 6.6 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game in playing 29.3 minutes per contest... Made 49.8 percent from the field (120-of-241), netting 42.5 percent behind the arc (48-of-113) and 83.5 percent at the charity stripe (66-of-79)... Missed the game at UT Arlington (3/2) due to an injury, but returned to action against Texas State (3/7) with a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 points... The 20 rebounds was most by an Aggie player since 1997 and were the most in the WAC during the season, as well as tied for the fifth-most in the NCAA... Had seven double-doubles on the season, most recently with a career-high 20 rebounds and 10 points in the March 7 win over Texas State... Had streak of five-straight double-doubles, halted with 18 points and six rebounds in Denver game (2/14), adding three assists and two steals, then tallying 17 points, six rebounds, five assists, one block and one steal in NMSU game (2/16), but then posted sixth double-double of season with team-high 21 points and game-high 14 rebounds at BYU (2/19)... Posted 16 points, six rebounds, two assists, two steals and one block in the win over Illinois State (2/23), adding seven points, six rebounds and one assist at Louisiana Tech (2/28) before leaving with injury and did not play at UT Arlington (3/2)... Started his spurt of five double-doubles in a row with a career-high 23 points and added a then career-best 11 rebounds against UT Arlington (1/24), then posted 16 points and a new career-high with 15 rebounds in home loss to Louisiana Tech (1/26)... Also logged 11 points and 10 rebounds at Idaho (1/31), then posted 13 points and 11 boards at Seattle (2/2) before 22 points and 10 rebounds at SJSU (2/8)... Posted 19 double-digit scoring outings in the last 24 games, and had pulled down four or more rebounds in 23 total games... Filled in splendidly at starting forward for Danny Berger, scoring 328 points in 24 games as a starter, averaging 13.7 points per game as a starter after averaging 5.0 points per game in the first five games of the season off the bench... Ended with a season average of 12.2 points per game... Led the team in three-pointers with 48, and was also first on the team in three-point percentage (48-of-113), making 42.5 percent behind the arc... The sharpshooting junior made a three-pointer in 23 of his last 25 games and had 14 multi three-pointer games, including a season-high four treys each against UTA and UC Davis, adding three at Texas State, Seattle and San Jose State, before netting three treys in home finale vs. UTSA ... Also dished out a career-high nine assists at Texas State, USU's highest by an individual on the season, as part of 14 games with three or more helpers... Led the WAC in free throw percentage both overall (.835) and league only games (.837)... Ranked 11th in the WAC in scoring overall (12.2), while ranking ninth in league games (13.3)... Also was fourth in the conference in overall three-point field goal percentage (.425), while ranking sixth in conference games (.408), in addition to being eighth in overall three-pointers made (1.66) and 10th in WAC only games (1.71)... Ranked sixth in field goal percentage overall (.498) and ninth in league games (.497), as well as ninth in rebounds overall (6.6) and sixth in league contests (7.6), in addition to standing 13th in the WAC overall in assists (2.66) and 10th in WAC only games (3.18)... Also was eighth in assist-turnover ratio in WAC only games (1.69), while ranking ninth in league only games for minutes played (32.53).

JUNIOR COLLEGE: As a sophomore at Yuba (Calif.) Community College, Butterfield was named the California Junior College Co-Player of the Year as he averaged 16.3 points, 8.3 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game, while shooting 54.1 percent from the field (186-344), 47.6 percent from three-point range (70-147) and 81.7 percent at the free throw line (125-153)... As a sophomore, he led the 49ers to a 33-4 record and an appearance in the title game of California Community College Athletic Association State Championships... Was also named the Bay Valley Conference Most Valuable Player after leading the 49ers to a perfect 11-0 league record... During the 2011-12 season, he scored in double-figures 25 times to go along with 12 double-figure rebounding games as he finished the year with nine double-doubles... Scored 20-plus points 10 times including a career-high 42 points against Merritt College as he was 13-of-18 from the field, 7-of-10 from three-point range and 9-for-10 at the free throw line... Also had 11 rebounds, five assists and five steals in the game... As a freshman at Yuba CC, he averaged approximately 14.0 points and 7.0 rebounds as he earned first-team all-conference honors.

HIGH SCHOOL: Prepped at Del Oro High School in Loomis, Calif., where he earned first-team all-state honors in basketball as both a junior and senior in the Sierra Foothill League... As a prep senior, he averaged nearly 20.0 points and 9.0 rebounds per game.... Also excelled in football at Del Oro HS as he had 96 catches for 1,616 yards and 14 touchdowns over his two-year varsity career with the Golden Eagles.

PERSONAL: Full name is Spencer Darren Butterfield... Born Oct. 11, 1992 in Provo, Utah... One of five children of Darren and Jerilyn Butterfield... Majoring in business administration.




Ben Clifford


Number:

1


Class:

JUNIOR


Position:

forward


Height:

6-7


Weight:

220


Hometown:

South Jordan, Ut


High School:

BINGHAM HS





Number:

1


Class:

JUNIOR


Position:

forward


Height:

6-7


Weight:

220


Hometown:

South Jordan, Ut


High School:

BINGHAM HS


Ben Clifford


HONORS: Academic All-WAC (2012, 2013).

THIS SEASON: Gained valuable playing and leadership experience last season when Kyisean Reed was out with injury... Will continue to improve with more playing time... Plays extremely hard... Will be looked toward to be a knock-down shooter and a tough, physical defender.

2012-13 SEASON (SO): One of five Aggies to play in all 31 games, making 16 starts... Averaged 5.5 points and 3.9 rebounds per game in playing 20.4 minutes per game... Ranked 12th in the WAC overall in blocks (0.68), as well as ranking ninth in WAC only games (0.94)... Shot 47.8 percent from the field (54-of-113), netting 32.3 percent from three-point range (10-of-31) as well as a team-leading 83.6 percent at the free throw line (51-of-61)... Tied or set a new career-high of some sort in six of the last 13 games of the season... Posted a new career-high for points in two of those games, with 14 points each in home game against Denver (2/14) and at Louisiana Tech (2/28), topping his previous career-best of 12 points against UT Arlington (1/24), while snaring a then career-high rebounds (9) and posting a new career-best in blocks (4)... Then topped his career-high in rebounds with 10 at Seattle (2/2), playing a season-high 35 minutes in that game as well... After having just three blocks in the first 17 games of the season, had at least one blocked shot in 10 of the last 14 games, with 18 total in that span, including seven combined in the last two regular-season games... Matched his career-high with four rejections on March 7 against Texas State and followed that up with three blocks against UTSA on March 9... He first posted his career-high four rejections against UT Arlington on Jan. 24 to start the streak... Registered double figure points in four of the last five games, as part of a total of seven times during the season and 10 total times in his Aggie career... Also grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times during the season and 24 times in his career, including most recently with eight against UTSA (3/9)... Earned academic all-WAC accolades.

2012 SEASON (R-Fr.): Played in 36 games, starting four, during his freshman season... Finished the season averaging 4.4 points, 3.5 rebounds and 0.5 blocked shots per game, while shooting 50.9 percent from the field (58-114), 38.9 percent from three-point range (7-18) and 72.9 percent at the free throw line (35-48)... Ranked 15th in the WAC in blocked shots (0.47)... Played an average of 16.8 minutes per game... Scored in double-figures three times during the season including a career-high 12 points against Louisiana Tech (3/8) in the quarterfinals of the WAC Tournament as he was 5-of-5 from the field, 1-of-1 from three-point range and 1-for-2 at the free throw line... Recorded a career-high nine rebounds against Loyola Marymount (3/21) in the quarterfinals of the CollegeInsider.com Tournament... Blocked a career-high four shots against Hawai'i (1/26)... Played a career-high 37 minutes at Idaho State in his first career start as he scored 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds... Led the team in rebounding five times during the season and had five or more boards in 13 games on the year... Earned academic all-WAC honors.

2011 SEASON (FR.): Redshirted during his first season at Utah State.

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned first-team all-state honors from both the Salt Lake Tribune and Deseret News and was the Most Valuable Player of Region III as a prep senior as he averaged 16.6 points and approximately 8.0 rebounds per game at Bingham High School... Scored in double-figures 22 times, including a career-high 31 points against Taylorsville... Led the Miners to 21 wins during his senior campaign... Scored in double-figures 22 times as a junior as he earned first-team all-state honors from the Salt Lake Tribune and second-team all-state honors from the Deseret News... Averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game as a junior, while shooting 60.1 percent from the field and 70.0 percent from the free throw line... During his junior season, he helped the Miners to a 17-7 record as they advanced to the semifinals of the state tournament

PERSONAL: Full name is Benjamin E. Clifford ... Born April 10, 1992 in Center Moriches, New York... One of three children of Wayne and Patty Clifford... His brother, John, played college basketball at Southern Utah and played professionally for Kyoto Hannarayz in Japan... Majoring in operations management.




JAMES CROASDELL


Number:

31


Class:

FRESHMAN


Position:

FORWARD


Height:

6-7


Weight:

210


Hometown:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.


High School:

ALBUQUERQUE HS





Number:

31


Class:

FRESHMAN


Position:

FORWARD


Height:

6-7


Weight:

210


Hometown:

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.


High School:

ALBUQUERQUE HS


JAMES CROASDELL


THIS SEASON: Promising product who continues to improve and develop... Will redshirt this season before going on LDS Church Mission.

HIGH SCHOOL: A two-year letterwinner at Albuquerque (N.M) High School... Earned all-District 5-5A honors as a senior after averaging 10.7 points, 13.9 rebounds, 4.1 blocks, 3.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game in helping the Bulldogs to a 16-11 overall and 7-3 league mark, falling in the state tournament quarterfinals... Posted 7.8 points, 8.6 rebounds per game as a junior, as AHS recorded a 22-5 overall and 8-0 league record, finishing sixth in the state of New Mexico... Also a two-year letterwinner on the Bulldogs' water polo team, helping AHS win the state title during senior season after finishing second as a junior... Also lettered on the AHS baseball team.

PERSONAL: Full name is James Croasdell... Born Jan. 26, 1995... Son of Jeff and Michelle Croasdell... Mother, Michelle, is a professor at University of New Mexico in the college of education... Has three sisters... Grandfather, Karl Braithwaite played college football and baseball at Southern Utah... Intends on majoring in economics and statistics with emphasis in actuary sciences... Last name is pronounced Cross-dell.