San Diego State Men’s Basketball has soared high above its competition this year. With an 19-1 record overall and a 9-0 conference record, the team has jumped to number 5 in the nation. Many critics continued to blog about the “rebuilding year” the team was supposed to have, with four key starters leaving from last year.
Jamaal Franklin, Deshawn Stephens, James Rahon, and Chase Tapley, all of who were key contributors to the team’s success in recent years, left the school because of either graduation or professional basketball. Fortunately for the Aztecs, Xavier Thames, the transfer from Washington State, decided to stay for his senior season. The lone returning starter has played at a high-caliber level for the entirety of the season thus far. Highlights of his season include a 27-point effort vs the highly noted Marquette, a 26-point game vs the then ranked number 20 Creighton, and the latest clutch three-pointer vs conference rival Utah State to push them to a win.
While Thames’ excellent play has led the top stories, other key contributors to the team have stepped up to the challenge. Notable players who have been playing exceptionally well include Winston Shephard, newly-acquired Josh Davis, Skylar Spencer, JJ O’Brien, and Dwayne Polee.
The Aztecs are off to their best start in years and are looking to make a deep push into the NCAA Tournament. This explosive and fan-inspiring team has given the university something to cheer on and rally behind.
Blog written by Steven Hoffman , Student Life & Leadership- Front Desk Student Writer
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