While the recruiting season is still in full swing for the class of 2017, I though it would be fun to rank all 2018 players with a San Diego State offer. I have ranked them by most desirable additions and their probability to commit to the Aztecs. Here is my list:
1. Taeshon Cherry 6-9 Small Forward (San Diego, CA)
It is important to keep the local boys home and that is why the local guys man the top three spots on this list. Cherry is my top option because he is a high level prospect, who can make an impact on the court from day one. He has been on campus for an unofficial visit and has caught a couple of games; therefore he knows what San Diego State offers.
2. Warren Washington 6-10 Power Forward (Escondido, CA)
Another of the local guys, Washington has a developing skill set that fits what the Aztecs do. San Diego State needs a big man for the long term and Washington would be a perfect fit. Even though he does not play strictly as a center, he could develop into a defensive presence in the middle of the San Diego State defense. The Aztecs are sitting well with Washington, however as he develops he will garner more attention and the Aztecs will need to work hard to stay in the mix.
3. Miles Norris 6-9 Power Forward (Chula Vista, CA)
The final San Diego kid is actually the hightest ranked. 247Sports has Norris ranked as the #15 overall prospect in the class of 2018. There is a long list of teams already after Norris and you could expect the blue bloods of basketball to get involved if he continues to improve. I have him at three because of how difficult it will be to get him on the Mesa.
4. Nathan Mensah 6-10 Center (Napa, CA)
Mensah comes in at four due to the need for a player that can play the five. The 6-10 big man is a true center, something that the Aztecs desperately need. Currently he is an unrated or two-star prospect, however he has offers from Manhattan, Old Dominion, Oregon, San Diego State, and Santa Clara. If the Aztecs miss out on Washington or Norris, then Mensah needs to become a priority.
5. Jules Bernard 6-7 Shooting Guard (Los Angeles, CA)
The four-star Bernard has exceptional size for a shooting guard, a quality that is valued by San Diego State. While I would love to have Bernard in an Aztec jersey, he plays for Compton Magic. Getting players from the Magic to San Diego State has been difficult therefore I do not like the Aztecs chances with Bernard.
6. Kevaughn Ellis 6-4 Shooting Guard (Hamilton, Ontario)
By the time that Ellis gets to college the Aztecs will have Jeremy Hemsley, if he does not leave early to the NBA, Adam Seiko, and Jordan Schakel playing the guard positions. The Aztecs will need a young guard and Ellis is a viable option. If he continues to develop and keeps a relationship with the coaching staff, the Aztecs could stay in the mix of his recruitment.
7. Timmy Allen 6-6 Small Forward (Mesa, Arizona)
Another Compton Magic player, Allen will be a difficult player to bring to the Mesa. I feel like the Aztecs do not have a good chance with Allen, and while he would be a great addition, he will likely go elsewhere.
8. Tevian Jones 6-6 Small Forward (Chandler, Arizona)
Jones has an offer from the Aztecs and has already stated that he wants to go with Shareef O’Neal to Arizona or UCLA. He is not really considering the Aztecs and therefore falls at the bottom of my list.
This is my initial 2018 Recruit Rankings. As new recruits are offered and other commit elsewhere, I will make a second edition of the rankings. How would you rate the players? Let me know via Facebook, Twitter, or in the comments. I would love to hear what you guys have to say on the 2018 class. Let the disagreeing begin.