Updated: Jan 26, 2019
San Diego State will graduate their starting backcourt this offseason and while they get Malachi Flynn from redshirt they would ideally like to add another guard, preferably one with experience. The Aztecs have Adam Seiko and Jordan Schakel on the roster now, however neither is a true point guard. Flynn can easily play the point, but adding a player who could allow him to move off the ball would be useful.
About a week ago Santa Clara senior Ke’Jhan “KJ” Feagin told Jeff Goodman of Watch Stadium that he was going to graduate and transfer at the end of the season. Feagin was injured in the second game of the season, in which he broke his thumb, and will miss the entire season. San Diego State was one of nearly twenty schools that had checked in on Feagin. Yesterday Jeff Borzello of ESPN mentioned that Feagin was down to four schools: Cincinnati, Northwestern, Oregon, and San Diego State.
Feagin played his high school basketball at Long Beach Poly where he was an under recruited guard. He chose Santa Clara over three other offers he had and developed into a scoring threat at the college level. In his three-year career at Santa Clara he has been a double-digit scorer, averaging 11.4, 14.6, and 17.5 points per game over the last three years. This season Feagin played in two games before getting hurt. Since he only played in 53 minutes it is likely that Feagin will be able to medically redshirt this season and find a new home for next year.
Landing Feagin will be difficult as there is some tough competition for him, especially Oregon. San Diego State has some selling points for Feagin, which may help in landing the 6-1 guard. Minutes will be available for next season, which will likely be appealing. The Aztecs are the only school on his list in California and are close to home, which would be a somewhat nice homecoming if he chose to come to the Mesa. Finally Coach Rod Palmer is well-known in the Long Beach area from his time at Compton Magic and as an assistant at Long Beach State, so the familiarity that likely exists for Palmer and Feagin could be helpful.
There is no timeframe for Feagin’s decision. Definitely he is going to be a name to watch in the coming weeks as his decision would likely help shape next year’s roster. Stay with us as we learn more.