Yesterday I made my way to the JAM Center to check in on 2023 Aztecs recruit Mikey Williams and San Ysidro High School, who were attending the first session of the San Diego State team camp. I was able to catch the Cougars defeat La Costa Canyon 68-54, which kept them undefeated over the weekend. In a game that I came to see Williams, who was constantly being pressed and at times double teamed, Dimitrius “DJ" Dudley stepped up and showed out. Before I could tweet out about his performance, his coach tweeted out that San Diego State had offered the 6-2 guard.
Dudley had an amazing freshman season after averaging 24.8 points, 8.2 rebounds, and 5.8 per game, which included a 40-point game against Sweetwater High. He was named to the All San Diego Second team and well-respected San Diego scout Aaron Burgin named him his freshman of the year.
Yesterday was the first time catching Dudley play and I walked away extremely impressed. He was comfortable with the ball in his hands and scored in a variety of ways. In the action I caught Dudley was able to take the ball into the paint for some easy layups, pulled up from the midrange for some sweet jumpers, and used his athleticism for a monstrous dunk that got everyone off their feet.
It is always good to see the Aztecs offer the local kids, so it is exciting to see Dudley get an offer. Currently Dudley has offers from Eastern Washington and San Diego to go along with the San Diego State offer. While you can catch him at San Ysidro this year, he is also playing for Team WhyNot’s under-15 during the AAU season.
His development will be intriguing and we should see much of him, as he is a local player. Only ESPN has ranked players in the 2022 class, however they only ranked the top 25, but once the other services do a more complete, expanded ranking I would expect him to be in there. We will stay on top of his recruitment and expect to see more of Dudley and San Ysidro High in the near future.