I stood in awe in front of my computer watching one minute of film as the basketballs kept going through the hoop. On the video was freshman Adam Seiko draining three after three with hardly a miss. As one of the people who had followed Seiko’s recruitment the most it was exciting to see his offensive improvement.
Seiko came to San Diego State from Sierra Canyon High School in Chatsworth, California. An under the radar prospect, Seiko was a two-star prospect when he committed to San Diego State (he would eventually be a three-star). The 6-4 guard was over-looked because he played with high-level talent and often deferred to his teammates. He played with three players who would play in Power Five Conferences. Those teammates included Marvin Bagley III, who was the second overall pick of the NBA Draft, Remy Martin, who is at Arizona State, and Cody Riley, who currently attends UCLA.
In high school Seiko was known as a premier perimeter defender, often asked to cover the other team’s best player. He was a perfect fit for the Aztecs as he followed in the tradition of top defenders such as Winston Shepard and Dakarai Allen. Offensively Seiko could score when the opportunity presented himself, however he often deferred and got his teammates involved instead.
I was excited to see Seiko’s video last year of his shooting prowess and I felt that he was what the team needed; a hard-nosed defender who was not afraid of anybody. Unfortunately Seiko dealt with a variety of injuries before last season and he redshirted his freshman season. Always the consummate teammate Seiko could be seen supporting the guys at nearly every game.
Last year the team began to win more when they cranked up the defense. Over the last 11 games of the season, where the Aztecs went 10-1 they allowed 59.7 points per game. Over the first 24 games, which the Aztecs went 14-10 they allowed 69.4 points per game. Now San Diego State is adding a player in Seiko who could arguably be their best defensive piece.
This year I expect Seiko to be an off the bench player that could transition into a bigger role. His defense will get him minutes and make him hard to take off the court, especially in close games. He will be a threat from behind the three-point line and will be a player that keeps defenses honest. Seiko will be an impact player at San Diego State and his trustworthiness and tenacity will make him a beast on the court.