San Diego State has four scholarships for the 2018 school year and the Aztecs have been searching the high school and junior college ranks and the transfer market for some players to create depth. On Thursday the Aztecs extended a new offer to Aguek Arop. As we mentioned the Aztecs staff had been linked to high school and JuCo players and transfers, so seeing them offer a prep player took us by surprise.
Arop is doing a prep year at The-Skill-Factory in Georgia after a successful career at Omaha South High School in Nebraska, originally he hails from South Sudan. A sought after player in high school, Arop committed to Nebraska in 2014. He eventually got caught up in a numbers game as Nebraska was over the limit on scholarships and had his pulled late in his senior season. While in Georgia he has seen his recruitment pick up, culminating with an Aztecs offer a couple of days ago. His prep coach, Rob Johnson, told AztecsHoopsNation that Arop will decide between San Diego State and Wichita State. Currently he has an official visit set up for San Diego State (5/4).
If you want to find more on Arop here is a good article that was written about him early last year.
As a new name to the Aztec recruiting scene we reached out to his coach to find out a bit more about him. Coach Johnson is his coach at The-Skill-Factory and he spoke to us about Arop’s game and what he foresees as his impact in the college he chooses.
At 6-6 Arop figures to be a wing at the next level and in the highlights and one complete game that I have watched he has shown himself to be an athletic and versatile player with a great midrange shot. He has a motor and plays hard on both ends of the court. With my viewing of Arop being limited Coach Johnson stepped in and filled us in on his game.
“He’s an all around player, can play multiple positions, and can guard 1-5. He’s also a very physical player. Arop is not only a gifted rebounder and defender, but an excellent scorer as well. He is efficient from mid range, hits the 3 at a good clip, an 82% free throw shooter, and a great shot blocker/rim protector. Also he is great in transition as well. Arop finishes through contact with both hands and plays above the rim.”
Coach Johnson’s assessment on Arop was fair based on what I saw in the limited film that I watched. Like all young prospects, Arop is not a completed prospect. He has grown a lot during this his prep year, however he still is striving to improve before arriving on a college campus. There is not one thing that Coach Johnson can single out as an area of improvement for Arop, rather he just needs all round work and opportunity to get better.
“I think he just needs to continue to develop his all around game and be put in position to showcase his versatility.”
Most young players need to work on their body before arriving on campus, however I do not see that being the case with Arop. He looks ready to step on a college campus and contribute early on. Coach Johnson agrees.
“I think as a college freshman he definitely has the IQ and body to contribute immediately as a freshman. He really knows how to play the game and play within offense. He’s a great help defender and schematically can fit into almost any system.”
I am eager to hear how Arop’s visit goes on Friday. I feel like he would be a great fit and is one of those hardworking guys that the San Diego State program was built on. I am sure that Arop will find the best fit and I would not be mad if that fit is on the Mesa.