New Player Preview: Joel Mensah

The fourth member of the Aztec recruiting class is 6-10 freshman forward Joel Mensah. Mensah had interest/offers from plenty of other schools in addition to San Diego State. Schools like Syracuse, Oregon State, Nevada, and Santa Clara came calling, but in the end he chose San Diego State.

Mensah attended Redemption Christian Academy in Northfield, Massachusetts for two years and then transferred to JSerra Catholic for his final two years of high school. In his junior season he averaged 14.9 points, on 54 percent shooting, 9.0 rebounds and 1.6 blocked shots per game, according to During his final year of high school basketball he improved drastically. Mensah put up numbers of 15.9, 8.8 rebounds, 1.2 steals, and 1.4 blocked shots per game. He was named to the Orange County Register all-county fifth team because of his productive senior campaign.

I expect Mensah will make an impact with the Aztecs starting this fall. On the offensive side Mensah feels at ease down at the low block so he will use his height at 6-10 to his advantage by making shots over smaller defenders. Even at his height, Mensah is able to run the floor pretty well and is able to drift onto the perimeter because he has a superb mid-range jumper. On the defensive end Mensah is very capable at blocking shots because of his height and his wingspan of over seven feet.

I believe Mensah will log around 10-15 minutes per game this season. He will get minutes at both the 4 and 5 position. This year’s Aztec roster only has Jalen McDaniels, Nolan Narain, and Nathan Mensah as the only other big men standing in his way. If he gets stronger and develops quickly Joel Mensah will get lots of playing time in his Aztec career.

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