Utah State Sports Center Named After Wayne Estes

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) - The largest donation in the history of Utah State athletics is paving the way for construction of a new $9.5 million sports facility named after one of the Aggies' greatest basketball players.

Utah State athletic director Scott Barnes announced Thursday construction of the Wayne Estes Center will begin in about a week thanks to a $5.25 million gift from Cache Valley Electric President Jim Laub and his wife, Carol.

Estes was an all-American who died in 1965 when he stopped at the scene of an accident after a game and was electrocuted by a downed power line.

The center will serve as a venue for volleyball competition and a practice facility for the men's and women's basketball teams.

Laub says he's idols growing up were Mickey Mantle and Wayne Estes.