It was a crazy 48 hours. It began at 5:41 pm PST on Saturday, August 12th and ended at 9:23 am PST on Monday, August 14th. San Diego State picked up three commitments, one from a 2017 recruit and two from 2018 recruits.
There were a lot of reasons to be anxious on the campus of San Diego State. You had a program that had missed a postseason tournament for the first time in a long time, the retirement of a legend, a new head coach taking over, and what seemed like a parade of transfers and recruits passing on becoming an Aztec. People were questioning whether the new staff could recruit, or if Coach Steve Fisher’s shoes were too big to fill.
But that all changed when the ball took that first roll to get everything started.
Saturday, August 12th, 5:41 pm PST: San Diego Union Tribune sports columnist Mark Zeigler made the announcement on Twitter that 6-10 Joel Mensah was committing to San Diego State.
Mensah became the first member of the Aztecs’ 2018 class. The Ghanaian born Mensah is a big man that can score inside and out. He has a jumper that extends to the three-point line, but is also extremely comfortable taking the ball inside and scoring in the post. On defense he uses his length in order to block and disrupt shots.
Mensah was a monumental pick up for the Aztecs, as he became the first post player to commit to San Diego State out of high school since Skylar Spencer. Ranked between a three to four-star recruit Mensah is vastly underrated. He projects to be a major piece of San Diego State’s future and likely a two to three year starter.
Monday, August 14th, 7:43 am PST: Bright and early on a Monday morning 2017 recruit Matt Mitchell tweeted his announcement that he was picking San Diego State over Utah and other programs.
The 6-6 guard/wing was the final addition to a 2017 class that included Adam Seiko and Jordan Schakel. Mitchell is a scorer that can score from all three levels. He has a jumper that extends past the three-point line, but he also can get to the basket. Defensively he is a beast, he plays hard and racks up steals, disrupts passing lanes, and rarely ever lets his opponent get past him. It is extremely difficult to find things that are wrong with him.
Adding Mitchell to the team, especially this late in the recruiting process was a steal. Mitchell should be an early contributor, possibly as early as his freshman year. At the very least Mitchell gives San Diego State a guy off the bench who can spell one of the veterans with little to no drop off.
Monday, August 14th, 9:23 am PST: With the excitement still coursing through the veins of Aztecs fans, AAU director/head coach Julius Von Hanzlik tweeted out that 6-2 Jordan Campbell had committed to San Diego State.
Campbell became the second 2018 prospect to commit, joining Mensah. An ultra-athletic point guard, Campbell brings excitement to the guard position. Do not be fooled by his low ranking, Campbell is an amazing add to this roster. He has strong fundamentals and explosiveness that become a lethal combination. With a year of prep school ahead, Campbell still has time to get even better.
In two years Trey Kell, Jeremy Hemsley, and Devin Watson will all be gone. Campbell should be ready to step in and lead the team when his number is called. When he arrives on the Mesa look for Campbell to be a dynamo on offense and a solid defender. What his role will be I do not know. His hard work and determination will dictate the player that he will become. He could very well end up being the surprise of this draft class.
It was an exciting 48 hours for the Aztecs and I expect that we will be hearing some more news soon. Keep an eye on the recruiting tracker for up to date probability percentages. Also find us on Twitter and Facebook for all your Aztecs news.