The Aztecs have a young team that is already in the Top 15 despite primarily relying on several players who will be back next season.
Chase Tapley, Jamaal Franklin, Xavier Thames, James Rahon, Deshawn Stevens, Alec Williams and LaBradford Franklin all return to a squad that also will bring in transfers J.J. O'Brien, James Johnson and Dwayne Polee as well as incoming freshmen Matt Shrigley and Skylar Spencer.
On Thursday, San Diego State added a big piece to the puzzle for next season and the future.
6-foot-8, 200-pound Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep 2012 combo forward Winston Shepard has informed Scout.com that he's committing to the Aztecs, which is big news for head coach Steve Fisher and company.
Shepard has consistently improved at Findlay Prep and has vaulted up the rankings. He now ranks as Scout.com's 39th best prospect in 2012, but it's hard to sum up all the ways he impacts the game with a number.
The athletic senior is a very good rebounder, is a terrific defender that can guard the two through four, is a heady passer, a capable and improving scorer from midrange and in, but most of all a winner that does all the little things it takes for a team to win.
Almost any program in the country would ultimately find a key role for Shepard as he does too many things to help a team win to keep on the bench for long.
As his senior season moved forward, many high major programs tried to get back involved with Shepard, but after officially visiting San Diego State at the beginning of February, he knew where he wanted to go to college.
With Shepard's commitment, the Aztecs are likely done with the 2012 recruiting class, but SDSU has cemented its standing as a school that will continue to be successful on the court in the coming years.