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S.D. State takes hit, yet capitalizing on success

Posted on: August 9, 2011 9:06 am
Edited on: August 9, 2011 9:10 am
 

By Jeff Goodman

When I punched in Steve Fisher’s number into my cell phone, I was hoping – no, praying – for the best.

That the San Diego State coach would inform me that I was wrong, that his Aztecs didn’t lose four starters – including lottery pick Kawhi Leonard – and that I’d be coming back his way again this season for a couple more Aztec games.

OK, Fisher admitted his team would take a hit this season after losing Leonard, point guard D.J. Gay, Malcolm Thomas and Billy White.

But he sounded optimistic about the future.

Fisher said that the Aztecs will employ a completely different style – likely four guards for lengthy stretches of the game.

He has returning guards Chase Tapley and James Rahon – both starters for much of the year – in addition to Washington State transfer Xavier Thames and talented sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin.

``We do lose a lot,” Fisher admitted. ``I think we’ll still be good, but we’ll be different.”

Don’t expect San Diego State to crack the Top 25 this season.

However, Fisher said that the program has already taken advantage of last season’s success – a 34-win campaign in which the Aztecs cracked the Top 10 – by being able to get involved with a higher level player in recruiting.

``It’s helped us,” Fisher said. ``No question.”

The program has also felt the impact with the sale of 1,500 more season tickets.

``The buzz is still going,” Fisher said. ``The ripple can still be felt from what we did.”

It’s a tough scenario to see San Diego State competing for the Mountain West title this season despite the departure of BYU. That’ll likely belong to New Mexico and UNLV.

But a year from now, when Dwayne Polee (St. John’s) and J.J. O’Brien (Utah) become eligible, all the key pieces return and the ultra-athletic Franklin turns into a star, Fisher’s program could be relevant nationally again.

Fisher was unable to comment since he hasn’t received the official paperwork, but the addition of LSU transfer Garrett Green – who has one year left and is eligible to play immediately – was huge for a team that had just eight eligible bodies and was painfully thin up front.

As much as the losses of the four starters were a hit, they were one that was anticipated prior to the start of last season. What wasn’t expected was not having talented forward Kevin Young, who reneged on his commitment to the Aztecs just about a month ago in favor of playing at Kansas.

``That was tough because we stopped recruiting other guys at his position,” Fisher admitted.

So, to recap, the reality is that I probably won’t be getting to San Diego this season. However, I’m hoping to return in a couple years. 

Comments

Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 10, 2011 12:44 am
 

S.D. State takes hit, yet capitalizing on success

Yet, we have a national championship, and multiple final four apperances and you don't. 


Oops.. did I say that?  



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:50 pm
 

S.D. State takes hit, yet capitalizing on success

Bitter whiny Syracuse fan writes:
This year will be different though. We won't be seeing BYU and SDSU fans all over the boards talking smack about how good their teams are, only to sputter out early in the NCAA Tournament like everybody else thought they would except for the fans of the two teams, and the media whose job is to add hype to mid-majors to make them look like they're better teams than they really are talent-wise. 
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Don't forget we talked smack about Syarcuse and how SDSU won more away and neutral court games last season then Syracuse won games out of the state of New York for the past 5+ years.
Stick to that homestate advantage when scheduling your games  and keep paying teams big bucks to fly in Mid Major teams to play at Syracuse. It is really impressive to the homers, but sadly not the RPI.  It is also amazing that Syracuse fans will bash on Mid Majors when Syracuse budgets over a million dollars a year to fly in Mid Major basketball teams to play AT Syracuse. Ah the Irony.






Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: August 9, 2011 2:25 pm
 

S.D. State takes hit, yet capitalizing on success

Oh boy, another 1,500 season tickets? 


Compare that to how many season tickets programs like Syracuse, Kentucky and North Carolina and many other good/great programs can sell and then you'll see how stupid that sounds.


This year will be different though. We won't be seeing BYU and SDSU fans all over the boards talking smack about how good their teams are, only to sputter out early in the NCAA Tournament like everybody else thought they would except for the fans of the two teams, and the media whose job is to add hype to mid-majors to make them look like they're better teams than they really are talent-wise. 

 


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