In this Scorers 1st series, we will be meeting the new additions to our agency who have joined after finishing their respective college careers and as they prepare to make the jump from campus to the pros.
A 6-foot-9 big man, Ben Aird provided skill and toughness on both ends of the floor during his college career at Utah Valley University. Along with averaging 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks per game (29.6 minutes per game) for the Wolverines, Aird also left a lasting mark on the program.
Aird is the third all-time leading scorer in school history and was all-WAC First-Team selection as a Senior, while helping UVU capture the WAC regular-season championship and locked up an NIT bid with 13 league wins...
Give us the scouting report on Ben Aird. How would you best describe yourself as a player?
I would describe myself as a skilled big man. Being a PF/C many times you are put into a category of players who aren’t skilled. This isn’t the case for me. I am a big man who can pass the ball, set screens to get my teammates open, score on the block with my back to the basket as well as face up and shoot the ball from mid-range and stretch the defense to the three point line. I am very comfortable with the pick and roll/pop and ability to make good decisions while running an offense.
I have carried the scoring load for most of the teams I have played on in my life and am comfortable being counted on to score. One of my strongest characteristics comes from a high basketball IQ. I pride myself on understanding the complexity within the game of basketball and knowing how to make those on my team better. Can foster great synergy on a time to achieve much more than 5 guys individually would. My basketball IQ comes from the incredible coaching I have had throughout my life, having played the game competitively for over 16 years. I also have a great ability to rebound the ball at a high level. I pride myself in boxing out and rebounding on both the offensive and defensive ends of the floor. I am a great defensive player who can protect the paint and defend bigs on the block. I have experience defending some of the biggest players in the NCAA. Blocked shots, steals, and creating turnovers are a specialty I enjoy as much as scoring.
We are pleased to announce that Ben Aird of Utah Valley University has joined Scorers 1st.
A 6-foot-9 center, Aird averaged 11.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 1.2 blocks per game (29.6 minutes per game) for the Wolverines.
The third all-time leading scorer in school history and all-WAC First-Team selection as a Senior, the Bountiful, Utah native helped Utah Valley capture the WAC regular-season championship and locked up an NIT bid with 13 league wins.
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