Spencer Near History, Rahon Making Progress

Skylar Spencer is just one block shy of the Mountain West Conference freshmen record, James Rahon is making progress and don't sleep on the Wolf Pack...

It was in early September of 2011 that Los Angeles (Calif.) Price center Skylar Spencer announced he would attend San Diego State.

Most scouts believed it was "highway robbery" by the Aztecs and couldn't understand why Spencer didn't receive more than two PAC-12 offers.

He's showing why the entire West Coast is now kicking themselves today.

Spencer now in his freshman season has 43 blocks after his four-rejection performance against Wyoming on Tuesday night.

That's just one shy of the Mountain West Conference freshmen record set by Utah's Andrew Bogut (2003-04) and Colorado State's Micheal Morris (02-03).

"(Spencer) sometimes doesn't look pretty when he shoots the ball, but he's got a feel for how to play," Fisher described. "He's got long arms and a knack for always being around the ball. He blocks shots where you say, `How did he get to that ball?' He's got a good perception and awareness of where to move and how to move.

"And I think the future is bright with him… (Spencer) has a made great progress. He's gotten playing time, and it's been extremely valuable to him. He's got a lot more confidence now than he did before, and he can catch and finish inside well in traffic. He gets that ball and he doesn't lose it. Usually good things are going to happen when he get the ball inside."

Spencer is showing improvement offensively and defensively on an every day basis, averaging 3.4 points on 75.0% shooting, 3.3 rebounds and 1.7 blocks in only 15.3 minutes per game.

"I'm just proud of him," SDSU guard Chase Tapley said. "He can be a real game-changer the way he blocks shots. The sky is the limit for him if he keeps working hard. He's going to be one of the greats to leave this program if he stays focused and stays humble."

Making Progress

Shooting guard James Rahon is still dealing with a right shoulder injury that sidelined him against Wyoming.

"(Rahon) did a little shooting on the side (at practice), just right under the rim," Fisher said. "He's still very sore, but he's making daily progress, and we're terming it just that - day to day. He couldn't play if we played today, and I doubt he could play tomorrow. So we'll see. He's making progress, but still not ready for contact."

If the fifth year senior is unable to go Saturday against Nevada, Dwayne Polee II should see some extra playing time coming off a 16-point outing.

"(Polee) is going to get a chance to play, and he needs to take advantage of the opportunity," Fisher said. "He's been shooting the ball exceptionally at practice. But he can't get overanxious. I thought it was perfect the way he played on Tuesday.

"And we had him guarding Derrious Gilmore some, and he's Wyoming's best perimeter player. He did a good job there. So we need (Polee) to not only play, but to play well like he did on Tuesday."

Homecoming

The Aztecs will face off against Nevada (12-13, 3-8) for the second time this season.

While SDSU won the first matchup in Reno (Nev.) by 21, it was a close game until the away squad made a 18-3 runs late in the second half.

"It's very important because that last game (against Nevada) doesn't mean anything right now," Tapley said. "They've had a couple tough losses, so they're going to come into the game with a purpose."

One thing to watch out for is the amount of Wolf Pack fans at Viejas Arena on Saturday afternoon. Seven of the eight rotational players for Nevada are from Southern California and the final man is from Bakersfield (Calif.).

"It's going to be a homecoming for them," Tapley explained. "All their families are going to be here and they're going to be ready to play. We've just got to match their intensity and come out with the same focus we came out with against Wyoming."

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