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Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

Posted on: June 14, 2011 12:00 pm
Edited on: June 14, 2011 1:06 pm
 
By Matt Norlander

Dwayne Polee II's going from one coast to the other. The St. John's freshman became a San Diego State sophomore Monday, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune he is transferring to Steve Fisher's program.

“Coach Fisher is a great coach, and he has a lot of experience at the top of college basketball and I think he can help get me to the next level,” Polee told the Union-Tribune by phone. “I just like the way he allows all his players to play their game. He doesn’t really hold them back.”

Is that a veiled swipe at Red Storm coach Steve Lavin? No. Polee II is heading back home because his mom is ill, Dwyane Polee, Sr. told the Union-Tribune. Polee II was the only non-senior to earn valuable playing time with St. John's in 2010-11; the Red Storm had nine seniors. With those guys leaving -- and a rebuilding job coming for Lavin and Co. -- Polee II would have certainly seen many more valuable minutes in the year ahead. But the California native wanted to be closer to home.

San Diego State is also in a bit of a rebuilding mode, something that's bound to happen after a program wins its first NCAA tournament game in program history -- and does it as a No. 2 seed. But in the wake of losing sophomore and second-team eam all-america Kawhi Leonard to the NBA Draft, as well as seniors Billy White, Malcolm Thomas and D.J. Gay, Fisher's been able to keep the team viable going forward. Hehe also brought in 6-7 J.J. O'Brien, a transfer from Utah.

Polee II will sign a financial-aid agreement, which locks the school into him -- but doesn't go both ways. If, for some reasons, circumstances dictate Polee II can't continue with his committment to SDSU, he can walk away without penalty. That's not likely to happen.

The newest Aztec will also apply for a hardship waiver, meaning he's hoping to bypass the one-year sit-out rule that most transfers endure. It's likely Polee II will receive approval from the NCAA, meaning he won't play for the Aztecs until the 2012-13 season, when he'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

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Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: June 17, 2011 10:45 am
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

I know Syracuse went out in the second round to Marquette and San Diego State went out in the Sweet 16 to Uconn. I was at the game buddy



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 16, 2011 9:34 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

Are you guys seriously this retarded? 


You guys don't even know which round your own team went out of the tournament, yet alone, Syracuse.


Do you guys not look in the mirror and realize how stupid you retarded you are?  



Since: May 17, 2011
Posted on: June 15, 2011 9:39 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

wow mike Syracuse is obviously upset that he's team went out in the second round!!! Wow why are you so angry about San Diego State buddy? Is living in Syracuse depressing you I'm sorry.



Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:21 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

Ok... settle down everyone.  As an SDSU alum, who has watched the team over the past seasons, let me correct everyone with a few facts. In reality, SDSU is not the slouch one of you has called it, but they're by no means an elite team after one very good season.  Here are non-biased facts:

1) They deserve credit for the last season.  They lost to 2 teams all year, one was the national champion, the other had the national player of the year.

2) Their schedule wasn't the toughest, but it wasn't easy either.  They played as many games away from home as any team in any power conference.  They played Gonzaga away when Gonzaga was number 11 in the nation (at 11pm no less).  They played various teams from the power conferences, and beat them all, with the exception of UCONN.  They did not fair well against the 2 best players in the NCAA, both of which were combo guards with athletism and shooting ability.

3) Will this be a rebuilding year - certainly.  They lost a top 10 player in the country, as well as 3 other starters (does anyone know if Carwell has been granted another year of eligibility?).  A let down is inevitable for any team not named Kentucky, Duke, UNC, etc.

4) Does the future look bright - yes.  They have talent remaining on the roster, though initially they will lack size.  What might not be understood by someone who doesn't follow the team directly, or someone who looks at Scout.com or Rivals.com, is the Aztecs are rather fond of accepting transfers.  They do not show up on those website, and people often discredit their abilities for other reasons.  There are, however, advantages to this style of recruiting: the players are older, more polished, and generally more mature.  Next year we will feature a transfer from Washington St. and one from an LA area JC; Pollee and O'Brien will have to wait a year.  Both are likely to be more ready to help out this team than most non-elite freshman recruits.

A message to the others people commenting on this site: SDSU fans, please have realistic expectations.  Fans of teams from power conferences: be fair.  For all the credit the Big East received, they did POORLY in the tournament as far as the entire conference is concerned.  The MWC was one of the top 5 conferences last year, top to bottom.  The MWC is also likely to be considered a power conference in the near future for consistantly producing a team in the top of the big 3 sports (Football, basketball, and, to a lesser extent, baseball).  Even if that deal falls through, still, no one likes an elitist.

ML




Since: Apr 16, 2007
Posted on: June 15, 2011 12:08 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

The newest Aztec will also apply for a hardship waiver, meaning he's hoping to bypass the one-year sit-out rule that most transfers endure. It's likely Polee II will receive approval from the NCAA, meaning he won't play for the Aztecs until the 2012-13 season, when he'll have three years of eligibility remaining.

This last paragraph makes no sense...



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 7:34 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

SDSU made the final 8 and lost a competitive game that they could have won against UCONN. They made rookie mistakes (stupid technical fouls) and started forcing it in the final 10 minutes (lost their poise). They had a shot but UCONN prevailed as the better team that night. OVERRATED? NO, they proved they belonged in the discussion...even more so than my beloved ORANGE.
You SDSU fans really do amaze me with your stupidity. 


SDSU didn't make the final eight. They made it to the sweet 16 and lost to Connecticut.  


Also, here's another fact for you... Syracuse BEAT Connecticut on February 2nd. Something SDSU couldn't do.


Syracuse also beat SIX ranked opponents. SDSU beat TWO. So you're telling me they belonged in the discussion more?  What a joke. 


SDSU was overrated. Ask any ask anybody that isn't a fan of SDSU, and they will tell you the same thing I am telling you. 


I'm not saying Syracuse was a national title contender, but neither was SDSU. And everybody knew that but the fans of SDSU.  The media just likes to hype up any mid-major that beats a bunch of weak schools and ends up being a small step above mediocrity.



PS - Butler didn't deserve to win that game against UConn. Butler barely has any offense.  



Since: Feb 27, 2010
Posted on: June 14, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

Not only that, but you have to now play for that idiot coach Fisher. if he was really a good coach, his team would've made it farther in the NCAA Tournament last year.

Really? So losing to the NATIONAL CHAMPIONS is your proof that Fisher isn't a good coach? What other coaches were shown up by the same team that beat SDSU? Umm, right, your darling Brad Stevens, for one. That IDIOT lost to UCONN, he clearly sucks as a coach. Come on.

SDSU made the final 8 and lost a competitive game that they could have won against UCONN. They made rookie mistakes (stupid technical fouls) and started forcing it in the final 10 minutes (lost their poise). They had a shot but UCONN prevailed as the better team that night. OVERRATED? NO, they proved they belonged in the discussion...even more so than my beloved ORANGE.

Fisher has done a good job with the program and the exposure SDSU gained from this tournament will help them in the future. Polee is an example of this, but it will get better. Stop bashing what you do not understand.

PS> I like Brad Stevens too.



Since: Dec 29, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 5:02 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

SD STATE is an elite program???? um ok......thats kinda laughable..no NCAA this season maybe in 2 years if your lucky fisher will have to take more programs rejects and hope he hits on some like he did last year..but chances are he is done there too.. 



Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:22 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State


Yes, I'm so clueless about San Diego State basketball.


Um.. one NCAA Tournament all time. And the team didn't live up to expectations last year. Besides, there's only a few elite programs... Kentucky, Kansas, North Carolina and Duke.  Not sure where you're coming from or why you're thinking SDSU is an elite program, or will ever be. 


The fact that Fisher brought SDSU out of the basketball abyssal to the heights of a Top-ten nationally ranked program is remarkable; and, arguably a feat very few coaches could achieve ever  in the course of an entire career-you dummy!


I'd rather have Brad Stevens. But thanks anyways.  Besides you fucking retard.. my point was how he couldn't do shit with a team that was supposably "great" last year. Learn to read. 



Moreover, if you were only half-clueless about SDSU Basketball you would, at the very least, see that the future roster of SDSU possesses a  burgeoning level of talent that will superseded that of last year's team which finished 34-3-you dummy! Now, crawl back into the sewage hole you came out-of and shut your F'n mouth about Fisher-you dummy! 
 

34-3... only beat a couple of good teams. None of them were great. The team played its first great team in the NCAA Tournament in the third round and  lost,it just goes on and on of how overrated SDSU was last year.   


Besides, if you think this is a great class:


http://sandiegostate.scout.com/a.z?s=356&p=9&cfg=bb&c=4&am
p;yr=2011


You really are mentally retarded. These guys aren't even good enough to be one star recruits, yet you think they'll do so well. Haha, FUNNY!.

 

Oh wait, you're a SDSU homer. Here's an idea.. go out... get laid, take off the red sunglasses and wake up and smell the coffee about how pathetic your little program is. Bye dumbass! :) 



Since: Dec 13, 2006
Posted on: June 14, 2011 1:01 pm
 

Dwayne Polee II headed to San Diego State

Now-now you F'N Moron! Since its is clear that you are clueless about SDSU Basketball; and, bitter about Polee leaving the Big East dumping grounds for a program that has risen to basketball elitism, your statement about Fisher is utterly absurd. The fact that Fisher brought SDSU out of the basketball abyssal to the heights of a Top-ten nationally ranked program is remarkable; and, arguably a feat very few coaches could achieve ever  in the course of an entire career-you dummy!

Moreover, if you were only half-clueless about SDSU Basketball you would, at the very least, see that the future roster of SDSU possesses a  burgeoning level of talent that will superseded that of last year's team which finished 34-3-you dummy! Now, crawl back into the sewage hole you came out-of and shut your F'n mouth about Fisher-you dummy!


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