After getting their first commitment from a transfer yesterday, Cal State Northridge's Terrell Gomez, the Aztecs were announced as finalists for two more big men transfers. Today it was announced that both Joshua Morgan and Mattias Markusson had San Diego State in their final list.
Morgan just finished his freshman season at Long Beach State when he announced that he was transferring. The Big West Defensive Player of the Year, Morgan was a force in the paint, averaging 8.0 points, 6.2 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game. He is a traditional transfer who would have to sit a year, if the NCAA does not change the rule to allow a one-time free transfer, and would have three to play. A big-time talent, Morgan would be a compliment to Nathan Mensah and future replacement for the San Diego State big man. I have heard him described as an immense talent and a future pro who would benefit from a redshirt year. Currently his final four are Oregon, San Diego State, Southern California, and UCLA.
Markusson is a 7-3 big man from Sweden who is transferring from Loyola Marymount. Last year he redshirted due to a sickness that his mother eventually succumbed to. In his junior year, two seasons ago, he averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. A graduate transfer, Markusson is eligible immediately. He would add some size to the front court and could share court with Mensah or alternate with him. While he is considering returning to Loyola Marymount, he is also considering Louisville, Minnesota, and San Diego State.
The Aztecs are actually out of scholarships for next year, so there would need to be some roster movement. Malachi Flynn is still weighing his options of whether to go to the NBA or not, so that scholarship is still up in the air. Either way if the Aztecs land one of these guys it will all work itself out in the end.