Happy signing day! The AztecReport.com staff breaks down the best San Diego State basketball recruiting class in school history that includes three high school seniors and three transfers.
High School Seniors
Matt Shrigley, SG, La Costa Canyon HS – The 6-foot-6 wing decided to stay home to play his collegiate career with the Aztecs. Shrigley's game is described as a skilled wing that shows high level of athleticism around the basket, allowing him to finish at a high rate when he is able to get there. The 3-star prospect uses his body well posting up against smaller defenders. He stills needs to improve on his jump shot and ball handling skills, especially when he is being pressured. Overall Shrigley might not get much playing time early but when he is on the court he should be a solid contributor.
Skylar Spencer, C, Price HS – The 6-foot-9 big man is extremely raw on the offensive side the ball as he finishes mostly off of dump offs, put backs and lobs. Spencer does have a lot of upside, as he is young for his high school class. He is still learning how to use his body as he is continuing to grow. The 3-star shot-blocking machine has a high motor that contributes to his rebounding totals. As discussed earlier, his offensive game still needs work but at times has shown flashes of a low post game. Right now we look for Spencer to be a sparkplug coming off the bench. Expect him to be doing the dirty work such as rebounding, blocking shots and clogging the lane; he will get "The Show" on their feet plenty of times this season.
Winston Shepard, F, Findlay Prep – The prize possession of the class, Shepard can do a little bit of everything and should fit in right away with what the Aztecs like to do. The four-star talent brings versatility as on one possession he can run the point and on the next trip down the floor, run the wing and finish at the rim. The long athletic wing brings great on-ball defense that will allow him to guard the best player on the opposing team. So far this season he has put Shabazz Muhammad, Jabari Parker and many more on Shepard Island. His leadership role and presence will be felt as soon as he steps on campus, he is not only vocal but leads by example on and off the court.
Dwayne Polee, F, St. John's – The 6-foot-7 wing like most of this class brings length and athleticism. The AztecReport.com staff made a trip down to a San Diego State practice this past season and were able to see Polee go to work. He should be able to make a big impact right away. He has improved on his jump shot significantly since high school. Looks to be fitting in comfortably with his new team.
J.J. O'Brien, F, Utah – While at Utah, the 6-foot-7 wing was a solid rebounder, a good athlete and ran the floor well before breaking his foot. O'Brien averaged 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds a game while starting in 21 of 22 games in the 2010-11 season. O'Brien should only add to one of the deepest teams in college basketball.
James Johnson, C/PF, Virginia – Of the all the transfers coming in next season for the Aztecs, Johnson was the most sought after out of high school. The 6-foot-9 big man, also have heard he's now at 6-foot-10, will be the most important newcomer to the team next season. San Diego State lacked any form of interior offense or rim defense last season, which was magnified in the season ending loss to North Carolina State. It is important to know that Johnson won't be available until fall semester grades are posted in mid-to-late December, but should make his impact known right out of the gate. Johnson has only played in six games since graduating high school in 2010 when he was rated a 4-star prospect. He had a go-to move in the form of a jump hook on the low block, showed good athleticism and has slimmed down since transferring from the Cavaliers. The great guard play of the Aztecs should only make the transition for Johnson that much easier. How Coach Steve Fisher will handle his minutes and transition into the rotation will be the biggest unknown heading into the season.
Outlook: The 2012 class combined with the talent that is already on the roster, the Aztecs have all the tools to make a deep run in March in the 2012-13 season.
Reviewing the SDSU basketball 2012 class
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