Updated: May 1st
The Aztecs just completed the best post season performance in program history advancing to the National Championship game and earning millions of new eyes to the brand. An exciting time to be an Aztec no doubt.
All year the talk has been about the depth and physicality that this group brings. But less talked about is the experience that they possess. The make-up of this roster consists of four seniors and one junior to the starting five.
Overall, San Diego State’s nine-man rotation is seven seniors and two juniors. To say that they are heavy on experience would be an understatement.
Next year the Aztecs lose four, maybe five, players from the roster. That leaves Coach Brian Dutcher and staff a difficult task in replacing them.
With two freshmen coming in next season, BJ Davis and Miles Heide, that means the Aztecs have two to three scholarships available.
Based on the early reported interest, it appears the Aztecs are in search of at least one guard to replace Adam Seiko and Matt Bradley. In addition, a big man to replace Nathan Mensah will obviously be needed.
The Aztecs very successful March Madness run should make them a desirable landing spot for any player paying attention and the coaching staff will likely be able to be very picky with how best to fill their remaining scholarships.
Below is a list of players that have reportedly been contacted by the San Diego State coaching staff.
Guard – Georgetown
The first player that we saw reported that had gotten interest from the Aztecs staff was Georgetown guard Jordan Riley. He averaged 4.6 points per game.
In his two years at Georgetown, Riley played sparingly for the Hoyas. He averaged 16 minutes a game and shot 38.7% from the field (19.4% from beyond the arc). Georgetown was a dumpster fire this past season, but Hoyas fans seem pretty hopeful that new coach Ed Cooley can get him back on campus.
Riley is a native New Yorker, which makes me doubt he would transfer from the east to the west coast. But you never know when a Final Four contender wants you.
Guard – Towson
The Aztecs reached out to a big time target in Towson guard Nick Timberlake. A 6-4 guard he shot 41.6% from beyond the arc and averaged 17.7 points per game.
Timberlake is a big guard who is destined for a high major program. He shot the ball at 45.5.% from the field and 41.6% from beyond the arc. He has visited North Carolina and will be a hot commodity.
Forward – VCU
The Aztecs continue their search for a big and have reached out to an intriguing prospect in 6-9 big man Jalen DeLoach. DeLoach played his first two seasons at VCU, which is going through a coaching change, and averaged 9.7 points, 6.9 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks per game.
After watching film I believe that he would be an ideal fit on the Mesa. DeLoach rebounds the ball well and is a defensive presence in the paint. He is uber athletic and an aggressive finisher near the rim. Looking at him I see a prototypical Aztec big. He published a final six and the Aztecs were included along with Penn State, Miami, Indiana, Florida State, and VCU, however he re-opened his recruitment and the list is moot. Penn State is where his coach from VCU was hired, and Florida State and Miami are close to his hometown of Savannah, Georgia. His first visit was to Indiana on April 14th.
Many schools have checked in so we will need to watch his recruitment. And again, the movement from an East Coast team to the West Coast will be something to watch.
Center – Texas A&M
Also per reports, we have interest in Texas A&M big man Javonte Brown. The 6-11 center appeared in seven games for the Aggies after transferring from UCONN. He averaged 1.7 points and 1.6 rebounds per game last season.
Brown is a big man who is a player that is still developing his skill set at his position. From the little film I have seen he is a menace around the basket on both ends, but still raw on aspects of the game such as the pick and roll and his defensive assignments. He is big and strong, with wide shoulders so there are some intangibles that make him an intriguing, high-upside prospect.
Players committed to San Diego State:
Guard – USC
San Diego State hosted USC guard Reese Dixon-Waters this weekend for a visit. He was in attendance for the Aztecs basketball celebration. Dixon-Waters USC is the reigning PAC-12 sixth man of the year. The 6-5 guard averaged 9.8 PTS on 43.8% shooting from the field this past season for the Trojans.
Dixon-Waters was a solid contributor off the bench for the Trojans last season. He shot the ball extremely well from the mid-range, 48.4%, which would be good enough to place him in the top 11% of all shooting guards last year in college basketball. Also Dixon-Waters is a big guard who is a more than capable defender. His tough-nosed attitude towards defense would fit in with the Aztecs culture. COMMITTED TO SAN DIEGO STATE.
The transfer portal is fluid. Players move in and out quickly as they find a new home. As players are contacted by the staff we will add them above. When they select a home that is not San Diego State we will list them below to track them. Expect the Aztecs to be done with guards, therefore most above will commit elsewhere and our focus will be on the bigs.
Players with San Diego State interest that went elsewhere:
Warren Washington (C) – Arizona State => Texas Tech
Josiah Allick (F) – New Mexico => Nebraska
Bryant Selebangue (F) – Tulsa => Arizona State
Hunter Sallis (G) Gonzaga => Wake Forest
Christian Shumate (F): McNeese State => McNeese State
Graham Ike (F): Wyoming => Gonzaga
Mike Mitchell (G): Pepperdine => Minnesota
Dame Adelekun (F): Dartmouth => Loyola-Chicago
Keshon Gilbert (G): UNLV => Iowa State
Jalen Cone (G): Northern Arizona => Cal
AJ Storr (G): St. John’s => Wisconsin
Nick Timberlake (G): Towson => Kansas