Smith Adds Worster for 2021-22 Campaign
SALT LAKE CITY – Utah head men's basketball coach Craig Smith continues to shape his roster for the 2021-22 campaign with the addition of Utah State transfer Rollie Worster. He now joins Gabe Madsen (Cincinnati) and David Jenkins Jr. (UNLV) as newest members of the Runnin' Utes.
"Rollie is a perfect fit for the Runnin' Utes!" said Smith of Worster. "Our staff has a tremendous feel for what Rollie will bring to our program. He has great versatility and has the mentality to play any position. He has a level of toughness on both ends of the floor and is a winner in every way. Utah fans are going to love watching him compete."
In addition to having played for Smith at Utah State, assistant DeMarlo Slocum will also have familiarity with Worster having coached against him during his time at UNLV.
The Missoula, Mont., product was fourth on the team in scoring his first year in Cache Valley, averaging 9.1 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists while starting in 25-of-26 games he saw action in. Worster shot well from the floor, posting a .406 clip from the field to go with an .804 clip from the line.
He reached double-figures in scoring 10 different times – including a season-high 19 points against Slocum and the Runnin' Rebels in Las Vegas. As the team's floor general, Worster helped guide the Aggies average 16.2 dimes last season – which was good for 24th nationally.
Worster had a great prep career before joining USU, earning back-to-back Montana Gatorade Player of the Year selections … averaged 20.7 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.5 assists and 2.3 steals as a senior while leading Hellgate High School to a share of the Montana State AA title. The 6-3 guard finished his career with the Knights as their all-time leading scorer, second in assists and third in rebounds.
In addition to being a four-time all-state and all-state honoree in basketball, he was a first-team all-state honoree at the safety position and all-state honorable mention selection at quarterback. On the offensive side of the ball, Worster threw for 3,400 yards and rush for more than 2,000 career yards. He was also a stalwart in the classroom, earning academic all-state honors as a senior.