Updated: Mar 26
With the coronavirus pandemic grounding recruiting and wiping out the April Live Period coaches across the nation are watching film of players that they can scout. The players with the most film available are transfers and there is where nearly all coaches are focused on now.
San Diego State has been active early on in the transfer portal early on, being connected to four different players. The Aztecs currently have one available scholarship for next year, but it is very possible that a one or more may open up. Malachi Flynn is currently a projected second rounder in the NBA Draft and there is always the possibility that someone transfers out or goes pro.
With the uncertainty it makes sense that the Aztecs cast a wide net in who they are targeting. One position that seems necessary to replace is Yanni Wetzell’s spot on the court. The Aztecs need a four-man to play next to Nathan Mensah in the frontcourt.
Here are the players that have been connected to the Aztecs and in the order that I would take them. Just because they have had contact with San Diego State, it does not mean that the Aztecs are heavily recruiting them, if at all.
1. Joshua Morgan (FR) Long Beach State
The top player on my board, Morgan is an interior force on both ends of the court. A 6-11 center Morgan had a great first year averaging 8.4 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 2.5 blocks per game en route to being named Big West Defensive Player of the Year. People that I know have referred to him as athletically gifted and believe he will play in the NBA one day. He is a player that plays near the basket and can be a defensive stopper. He would have to sit out a year before playing, unless the NCAA approves a measure they are considering that would allow players to transfer once without sitting out.
2. Mattias Markusson (JR) Loyola Marymount
Mattias Markusson is leaving Loyola Marymount after redshirting this past season (due to an illness to his mother, which she eventually succumbed to). The 7-3 big man averaged 10.2 points and 6.3 rebounds per game as a junior. I am unsure where Markusson would fit, however he might either be an insurance policy for Mensah or you could run them both out to create a two-big lineup. Markusson is a grad transfer who has one year to play.
3. Darius Perry (JR) Louisville
A 6-2 guard Perry has been a popular player in the transfer portal. Over 60 schools have contacted the former top 100-player, so it is safe to say that he is going to be hard to bring in. Last year for the Cardinals he started 26 games and scored 5.2 points per contest. Perry is a grad transfer and has one year of eligibility left.
4. Matt Van Komen (FR) Utah
After appearing in nine games last year for the Utes Van Komen decided to transfer. The 7-4 big man is reportedly interested in BYU, San Diego State, and Washington State. Last year he averaged 1.7 points per game in 43 total minutes. A native of Utah, it is quite possible that he could head to BYU, however if the Aztecs reciprocate interest it could be pique his curiosity. Van Komen would have to sit out and then have three years to play.