SACRAMENTO, Calif. — For the second straight yr, a Utah State basketball participant has been chosen within the NBA Draft.
Neemias Queta, who had a record-breaking profession in his three years with the Aggies, was drafted Thursday evening by the Sacramento Kings.
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The 7-foot-tall heart was chosen within the second spherical because the thirty ninth general choose.
He follows within the footsteps of former teammate Sam Merrill, who was chosen by the Milwaukee Bucks within the 2020 draft at choose quantity 60.
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Queta, a 22-year-old from Portugal, acquired a number of postseason awards in his three seasons with the Aggies, together with being named the Mountain West Convention Defensive Participant of the Yr twice (2019, 2021), second-team all-conference staff twice (2019, 2020), first-team all-conference (2021), and MWC freshman of the yr (2019).
In his junior yr at USU (2020-21), he was additionally given an AP All-American Honorable Point out, was considered one of 4 finalists for the Naismith Defensive Participant of the Yr award, and was named the Defensive Participant of the Yr by Bleacher Report.
He additionally completed the season with an NCAA-best 97 blocks, which additionally broke the single-season document at Utah State. He additionally holds the second-place spot on the varsity data with 84 blocks in his freshman yr (2018-19).
Queta recorded 219 whole blocks in his profession, shattering the earlier college document of 155 set by Gilbert Pete from 1986-89.