With the season officially over, the Aztecs are now in the offseason. That means it is time to find some new players for next year. Since the evaluation period is also out the window for now, one place that coaches are looking is in the transfer portal.
One of the most sought after transfers in the nation is 6-4 shooting guard Erik Stevenson. Upon announcing his transfer from Wichita State more than 20 schools reached out to the sophomore. Today Jon Rothstein announced that Stevenson had narrowed his search to five schools: Gonzaga, Maryland, Oregon, San Diego State, and Washington.
Stevenson averaged 11.1 points, while shooting 37.7% from the field this past year for the Shockers. After a once promising start, the season for the Shockers, and Stevenson, started going downhill, which tempered his stats and the team’s success. In a recent article Stevenson attributed his drop in play to a strained relationship with Coach Gregg Marshall.
In high school Stevenson was a three-star prospect from Lacey, Washington. Looking at his final five it would be easy to assume that he might head back to the Pacific Northwest and that would put the Aztecs at a disadvantage.
Due to his strained relationship with Marshall at Wichita State I would guess that having a good relationship with the coaching staff would be important. This is a positive for the Aztecs as Dutcher is one of the best coaches and definitely is known as a player’s coach. Another thing in San Diego State's favor is that playing time may be readily available if Malachi Flynn were to head to the NBA.
Under current rules Stevenson would have to sit one and have two to play, however the NCAA is considering allow a one-time penalty free transfer. If that were the case Stevenson could be eligible next season.
There is a lot of uncertainty with the COVID-19 pandemic so a lot is up in the air, but we will keep an eye on Stevenson and his decision.