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Utah State basketball: Aggies lose Danny Berger after disappointing season

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Last year Danny Berger was the talk of Logan, Utah. He was a player with a bright future as a basketball player out of a small town in Oregon.

Now after suffering a heart attack in December 2012 that nearly ended his playing career, Berger has made the decision to leave the Utah State Aggies basketball team on Tuesday, March 18, the school announced.

Berger was a feel-good story for basketball fans -- but his playing time at USU dwindled to next to none, forcing his departure.

What probably compounded matters was that when he did play in games his point production in 2014 was 2.8 PPG and his shooting percentage -- respectable at one time in his career -- dropped to below 40 percent.

Junior center Jordan Stone of nearby Smithfield also left the program on Tuesday -- causing many to wonder why such a thing would take place especially when both kids still had a year of eligibility.

If there is a problem at Utah State, head coach Stew Morrill wouldn’t hint at one. Stone’s departure seems a bit more suspect than Berger’s as he shot over 60 percent from the field -- playing in 32 games.

Stone didn’t hint at a reason -- while Berger wanted to transfer to get more playing time, according to the Deseret News.

"We wish Jordan and Danny nothing but the best," Morrill said in a statement. "We greatly appreciate their contributions to Utah State basketball."

The Aggies finished the season with a record of 18-14 -- losing to San Diego State 73-39 in the Mountain West Conference Tournament second round.

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