1-Man’s Opinion on Sports-Thursday ‘AZTECS BASKETBALL-SUMMER REPORT’

Posted by on August 3rd, 2023  •  0 Comments  • 


San Diego State’s roster is complete.
The transfer portal has brought in a couple of big wing players
Two of the key starts from last year’s NCAA team are back
Replacing Nathan Mensaw and others will be a challenge
2-redshirt young players are ready to contribute.
A ton of things for Coach Brian Dutcher to talk about.

Brian Dutcher:

Summer workouts have begun
Entire team is on campus now

Home and home with Gonzaga..been good for both programs
Discussed neutral sight..both interested in playing home and home
Come off Christmas break to play Zags before conference opener
Want competitive games to help our resume
Go to BYU-Grand Canyon-Gonzaga..atmospheres out of this world

On road alot more because of non conference…some are return games

Transfers..Jai Pal-skilled multi position-versatility…Reece Waters-Defensive player of the year in Pac 12…USC transfer..ready┬áto make the next step…Hi level defender-competes hard…can score at 3-levels

Elijah Sanders…part of life is being patient…ready to play
Miles Byrd put on exhibition in early workouts
BJ Davis-freshman electric game
Magoon..6’11-with skill and can shoot the ball
DeMarshay Johnson-transformed his body heading to 3rd year

I have to manage expectations-recruit families-let them know how our journeys work.

Going to NCAA title game-we got behind in recruiting but I like this team

NIL is genie out of the bottle…Congress has to structure
Promises being made-not being met in some programs.
We keep our promises to our players

We have a 24-year culture in our program..how you treat people
Players want to come back to be part of the culture
Veteran players guide young players..embrace the culture

Jaedon LeDee..we won with 5th year seniors last year…having him come back ..important…it was not about the NIL for him..it was the journey…take less to get more

Pac 12…alot of moving pieces..every conference is going thru this..historic times in college and athletics…it takes months and years

We have built the Aztecs into a brand much like Gonzaga..no one cares they are in the WCC.



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