San Diego State will be busy this weekend hosting two top targets on official visits. We detailed in another article how 2020 prospect Coleman Hawkins would be on campus. At the same time the Aztecs will have 2020 center Ebenezer Dowuona on the Mesa.
Dowuona is a name that was mentioned a while back in connection to the Aztecs; however, he fell off the radar and we did not hear much about him. He is a 6-10 center from Ghana who plays his basketball at The Heritage School in Newnan, Georgia, and ranked a three-star prospect by the recruiting services.
Watching film, one quickly notices how much Dowuona’s build looks like Aztecs center Nathan Mensah’s in high school. Dowuona is an explosive athlete that exclusively plays in the paint on both ends of the court. Offensively he uses his athleticism and strength to throw down ferocious dunks, put back offensive rebounds, and get to the basket and score for some short jumpers. Defensively he uses that same athleticism to block shots and rebound at an elite level. While he still needs to continue working on his offense, his defense and rebounding are more than college ready.
As we mentioned earlier Dowuona was not a name that most Aztecs fans recognized and one that we were not tracking. Recently an article by Hoopseen mentioned that he was going to visit the Aztecs even though he did not have an offer and that put him squarely back on the Aztec radar. We have independently confirmed that he indeed will be here this weekend and he does have an Aztec offer.
Dowuona mentioned that he has 20 offers from schools such as Arkansas Little Rock, Auburn, Kansas State, Minnesota, Mississippi State, Missouri, Murray State, North Florida, Ole Miss, Tulane, Vanderbilt and Wake Forest. He visited Denver on August 20th. His trip to the Mesa is his second official visit of the year, followed by a scheduled trip to South Florida on September 20th, and possibly official visits to North Carolina State and Pittsburgh. He has unofficially visited Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Tech, and Ohio State.
The Aztecs will lose Yanni Wetzell and Nolan Narain after the season, which makes adding frontcourt depth in either this class or the next imperative. Dowuona would be a great addition as he could be primed to spell Mensah until he takes over for him.