A basketball player from the Beehive State is coming home.

Well, not exactly home, but pretty close to it.

Utah State announced the signing of Carson Bischoff on Tuesday. The 6-foot-4 guard is from Ogden and played for Weber High School. He joins the Aggies from the junior college ranks, having played at Treasure Valley Community College in Ontario, Oregon.

Bischoff will be on the 2019-20 USU roster and will have two years of eligibility left.

“We are thrilled to announce Carson will be joining our program,” Aggie head coach Craig Smith said in a press release. “Carson is a lights-out shooter that really knows how to play. He really fits our program’s culture, as he is highly competitive and is all about the team.”

Last season at Treasure Valley, Bischoff finished second on the team with 19.7 points per game, scoring in double figures in all but two contests during the year. Bischoff’s scoring output included 13 games with 20 or more points and three games with 30 or more, including a season-high 34 points against Mt. Hood Community College. Bischoff shot 43.0 percent from the floor, 39.1 percent (75 of 192) from behind the 3-point line and 81.0 percent at the free throw line.

Bischoff led the Chukars on the glass, averaging 6.6 rebounds per game and pulling down five or more rebounds in 13 games. Bischoff recorded a season-high 12 rebounds, making up one of five double-double performances during the year. Bischoff averaged 2.6 assists and 1.6 steals per game.

At Weber High School, he was a first-team all-region selection after averaging 15.7 points and 6.5 rebounds per game and helping the Warriors to an appearance in the 2015 5A state tournament. As a sophomore in 2013, Bischoff helped the team to a Region 1 championship.

The Aggies have now signed seven players since last fall, with five of them planning on being part of the 2019-20 team.

Football signs two

Aggie head football coach Gary Andersen announced Tuesday the addition of Cole Motes and Jack Rigby to the program. Both players will serve missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints for two years before enrolling at USU.

Motes, a 6-6, 240-pounder from Thatcher, Arizona, earned Arizona Class 2A honorable mention all-state honors as both a tight end and defensive end as a prep senior. Motes, who is a 247Sports three-star recruit, helped Thatcher High School to three straight state championships from his sophomore to senior seasons. Motes also earned all-region honors as a senior and was named his team’s Defensive Lineman of the Year. During his senior season, he caught eight passes for 158 yards and two touchdowns on offense and recorded 48 tackles, which included 1.0 sacks and 9.0 tackles for loss, while adding one interception that he returned 44 yards on defense.

Following his senior season, Motes was named the Thatcher High School Athlete of the Year as he also earned all-region and all-state honors in basketball, along with being named his team’s Player of the Year. He was also a state qualifier in the discus and state runner-up in the shot put on the track and field team.

Motes was named his basketball team’s Player of the Year following his junior season as he earned honorable mention all-state and all-region accolades, along with qualifying for state in both the discus and shot put on the track and field team. Motes also earned all-region honors in basketball following his sophomore season.

Rigby, a 6-4, 200-pound tight end from Kaysville, earned Class 6A second-team all-state honors following his senior season as he caught 35 passes for 620 yards and six touchdowns. As a senior at Davis High School, he had seven catches for 151 yards and three touchdowns against Clearfield and seven catches for 111 yards and one touchdown against Lone Peak. As a junior, he caught 14 passes for 152 yards.

Rigby also played basketball at Davis.

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Shawn Harrison is the sports editor at The Herald Journal. He can be reached at sharrison@hjnews.com or 435-792-7233.