San Diego State got their 2024 class started with a four star guard out of Las Vegas, Nevada Taj DeGourville.
DeGourville made his commitment known today on Twitter.
He selected the Aztecs over offers from Iowa, Oklahoma, UNLV, USC and VCU.
The Aztecs had been on DeGourville for some time, hosting him on an official visit in December. From there the coaching staff treated him as the top target that he was, by making him a priority in their recruiting.
DeGourville is a 6-4 guard who led Durango High School (NV) to a state championship last season and is currently running with Vegas Elite, the premier travel team in the state, on the Nike EYBL circuit. He is currently ranked #146 overall in the 247Sports composite.
How did SDSU the defending National Champion runners-up, land such a talented baller? Flat-out DeGourville is severely underrated.
Offensively Taj can score from all three levels. He has a solid stroke from beyond the arc, he can hit the midrange off the bounce or the pass, and he gets to the basket and finishes through contact.
The scary part of DeGourville’s game is that it is still developing. He is far from reaching his potential.
Defensively DeGourville uses his size and athleticism to his advantage. Against smaller guards he holds his ground very well, all the while his awareness of his physical gifts allows him to stay in front of his opponent.
He is also big enough not to get bullied by the opposition. His defensive IQ is a big part of what makes him a great fit at San Diego State, where the focus is very defensive heavy in both the physical and cerebral sense.
My expectations for DeGourville are sky high. I believe he is an immense talent who will continue to develop in the SDSU program, but also will be an impact player from day one.
Despite how talented SDSU will be in 2024, DeGourville has the ability to be a rotational player immediately for the Aztecs and should see solid minutes as a freshman.
Big credit to this Brian Dutcher led coaching staff that continues to build upon their family atmosphere with these high quality players that are impactful right out of high school.
The timing of inserting DeGourville into the program will add needed depth with the loss of Lamont Butler and Darrion Trammell at the end of the upcoming season.
With at least four more scholarships open for the 2024-2025 season Brian Dutcher and staff are just getting started.