Jul 10, 2012
Stew's top 20: No. 16 - Tyler Newbold
A fair argument could be made that Newbold should be higher up based on where he ranks on multiple career statistics lists. Considering though that all-conference honors were laid out as a major determining factor for the list, it only seems fair that the top 15 spots be reserved for the 15 players to have earned first-team all-conference honors under Stew. So essentially, No. 16 is the dubbing of Newbold to be the best Aggie to never get first-team honors under Stew. And it's fair to say that anybody willing to argue that is only looking at one single statistic, and undervaluing the rest.
Put plainly, Newbold was just a decent scorer. In every other area of the game though, Newbold was great. Not good... GREAT! He was a lockdown defender, fantastic rebounder and better at facilitating the offense from the wing position than anyone else we've seen at Utah State.
Above all else, his team's won, and they won a lot! As was the case with Pooh Williams, Newbold was another of only a trio of USU players to ever be starters on three different NCAA Tournament teams. Newbold's averages over those three years were roughly 8 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3 assists per game. If you get any player putting up those kind of averages while being an all-conference defender like Newbold was in 2010-11, you take it on your team every freaking time!!!
He also led the entire nation during his sophomore season with 3.96 assists per turnover, only committing 28 total turnovers that year, while averaging more than 32 minutes played per game. Good luck finding another regular player, let alone a starter, in USU's history who can claim their total number of turnovers for a season was less than their average minutes per game.
And while his averages were never amazing, Newbold still finished his career averaging 7.3 points per game, despite peaking as a scorer during that sophomore season of his. He made 40.6 percent of his 3-point attempts and better than 80 percent of his free throws. It just seemed like Newbold was more concerned with being a team-player than getting his own buckets, and he was great in that role. Utah State's offense was just a well-oiled machine with Newbold in the game, and that machine chugged along to record amounts of victories from 2008-11. Nobody started more of those games than Newbold, and that's no accident that the wins piled up like they did.
Oh, and there was this... That was kind of a big deal.