San Diego State now has two open scholarships for the upcoming year after Malachi Flynn entered the draft and Joel Mensah entered the transfer portal. Last year the Aztecs had four players that were 6-10, but due to graduation and transfer the Aztecs are down to one, center Nathan Mensah. The next tallest player on the roster is 6-7 forward Keshad Johnson, who is more of a three or four man.
The Aztecs were searching the transfer market for another big, however they unfortunately did not land one. They did, however, land CSUN graduate transfer Terrell Gomez to help try to replace the scoring lost by Flynn and others.
While everyone’s attention has been on the transfer market the Aztecs have been eyeing the high school ranks once again in their search for front-court depth. Here are two players who have been linked to the Aztecs in less than two days:
Yesterday, Jake Weingarten from Stockrisers announced that 2020 four-star big man Frank Anselem, whom had reclassified from the 2021 class, was re-opening his recruitment and that the Aztecs had inquired about the Prolific Prep big man. Anselem is a 6-10 center who made his way to Prolific Prep via Georgia. He was down to a final three of Alabama, Georgia, and LSU before deciding to reclassify. Many big name schools inquired about Anselem, including San Diego State, making his recruitment a difficult one to gauge. Based on his previous list, it seems like he would like to go back close to home, but that is still to be seen. Watching film three things that stand out to me about him is that he is athletic, explosive, and long. He would be a nice fit for the Aztecs because he could switch with Nathan Mensah and the Aztecs would not lose a beat.
The other big man that the Aztecs have been linked to is 2020 big man Eduardo Andre. Andre is a 6-10 center that plays for Compass Prep in Chandler, Arizona. Originally from Angola, via London, Andre has only been playing basketball since he was 15 and has a developing skill set. After watching film on him it was easy to see a lot of promise with some skill. He is a lefty who can dribble a bit, but does most of his damage in the paint. Andre runs the floor well and can finish through traffic. He also is long and uses his length to block shots on the defensive end and rebound. Today Josh Gershon of 247Sports posted an article about Andre where he mentioned that Boston College, Texas A&M, and San Diego State were on him hardest. Gershon also posted a glowing scouting report for 247Sports about Andre, which you can read here. He said the following about the Aztecs:
“It’s one of the top teams in the country right now. The development is crazy; people go there and get better which is what I want to do.”
Anselem and Andre do not appear to be in any hurry to make a decision. San Diego State will definitely look to fortify their front-line and these are just two more players that they are looking at. Getting either one would be a nice score, especially this late in recruiting.