Another new Aztec who will be joining the team in the 2018-2019 season is 6-10 forward/center Nathan Mensah. Mensah had interest from schools like Oregon, Oregon State, and Southern California, but ultimately chose San Diego State.
Mensah played high school basketball at Prolific Prep in Napa, California, for his junior year. During his junior season he led Prolific Prep to a 29-2 record and a #13 national ranking, which was the fourth best in the state of California. For his senior season Mensah decided to transfer to Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada. With the Pilots, the big man averaged 8.3 points, 7.0 rebounds, and 1.5 blocked shots per game. His play allowed Findlay Prep to have a record of 32-5 and be the 26th best high school boys’ basketball team in the country.
Mensah will be an important piece for the Aztecs next season as he will likely be the first big guy to come off the bench for the Aztecs. He will be able to use his 6-10 size to body opposing big men. With his long wingspan at about 7-4 he can be a great shot blocker that the Aztecs have not had since Skylar Spencer graduated. On the offensive side Mensah’s jump shot has improved a ton and he has extended his shot to the mid-range area.
In his 2018-2019 campaign Mensah will likely get a lot of playing time because of Nolan Narain, Jalen McDaniels and Joel Mensah being the only other big men on the team. I predict he will average around 15-20 minutes per game and will give the Aztecs valuable time at the 4 or 5 position. Mensah will continue to play because of his tenacious defense and shot-blocking prowess.