The coaching staff has been busy doing some late recruiting for the 2018 class and is already working hard trying to secure players for the 2019 class. Aztec fans have been excited with the recent flurry of activity late in 2018. Adding Aguek Arop was a big hit for the staff, however it is important to remember that the class is on solid footing because of its first two commitments.
It seems like forever ago, but back in August 6-10 forward Joel Mensah announced his commitment to San Diego State. A couple of months later, in October, his Coastal Elite teammate and fellow Ghanaian Nathan Mensah joined him. Both signed in the early signing period to near unanimous praise from the Aztec community.
Both Mensahs then went on to their high school seasons, Nathan Mensah at Findlay Prep and Joel Mensah at JSerra High School. Nathan Mensah started off hot. We highlighted his blazing start back in November, where he was averaging a double-double. The team dynamic changed as Oregon signee Bol Bol enrolled at Findlay and that cut back some of Nathan Mensah’s minutes. Joel Mensah was off to a hot start himself, being named to the all-tournament team at the SoCal Holiday Prep Classic. Once he got to league play his team struggled and his team's season was shortened due to an early loss in postseason play.
Since their seasons ended the guys have been quiet. Nathan Mensah graduated in May and has been training in San Diego, while Joel Mensah graduated this past Saturday and is still in Orange County training. We reached out to African Youth Basketball Organization founder and Coastal Elite coach Kwaku Amoaku (Ku) to fill us in on what the guys have been up to.
The guys have been training for their freshmen year, but also trying to heal many lingering injuries. You may not be aware, but the guys have played through many nagging injuries over the past years so this offseason they are trying to balance rest and workouts.
“The guys are still working out, however they are trying to rest some of the injuries they have been playing through. I think Aztecs fans will be surprised with how much bigger and stronger they have gotten,” Coach Ku said.
Both of the guys are looking forward to getting on campus. They are close and have already developed a friendship that extends beyond the basketball court. When they arrive for the second summer session expect them to push each other both on and off the court.
“The guys will be on campus starting on July 7th for the second summer school session. They’ll be on campus close to each other, which should help them get adjusted and prepare them for the next step in their journey."
I am excited to see the Mensahs on the court. During their recruitment I followed them closely and saw them at many events. People, including myself, seem to forget how good these guys are because they are not all over highlight tapes.I believe that both guys will be impact players in year one and can see them both pushing for significant minutes as the season moves along.