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San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:22 pm
 

By Jeff Goodman and Jeff Borzello

San Diego State got arguably the nation's best on-ball defender in Winston Shepard. (Adidas Nations)

Looking ahead to next season, San Diego State was missing just one key ingredient: a lockdown defender on the wing who could guard multiple positions.

The Aztecs got what they needed on Thursday, as top-50 senior Winston Shepard committed to Steve Fisher’s program, a source told CBSSports.com.

Shepard is a 6-foot-8 small forward from Findlay Prep (Nev.) and one of the best defensive players in the country. He has terrific athleticism and is very difficult to contain in the open floor. Shepard has improved his jumpshot over the past year, and he loves to crash the offensive glass for tip-ins and putbacks.

After his performance against Jabari Parker at the Hoop Hall Classic in January, Shepard’s stock rose in the eyes of many. He has limitless energy, and was not afraid to chase Parker and force him into bad shots from the perimeter.  Shepard’s size, length and athleticism enable him to guard players at different positions. We’ve seen him guard everyone from point guards to post players – and be effective at it.

Shepard saw recent interest from teams like Connecticut, St. John’s and Oregon, while New Mexico, UNLV, Oklahoma State and UTEP have all been involved for a long time.

He joins guard Matt Shrigley and forward Skylar Spencer in San Diego’s 2012 recruiting class. Transfers Dwayne Polee (St. John’s), J.J. O’Brien (Utah) and James Johnson (Virginia) are also sitting out this season for the Aztecs. 

With the stud backcourt of Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley also returning, the future looks very bright for Fisher’s program.

Comments

Since: Nov 29, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 4:31 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

Hell yeah, Winston will be a star player for the Aztecs



Since: Dec 13, 2010
Posted on: February 16, 2012 3:11 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

Poor Lobos.  They upset the Aztecs last night and all is good right?  Well the Aztecs just got their revenge in a big way.  Welcome to "the Mesa" Mr. Shepard!  Can hardly wait to see all of you guys next year and hear the next version of TES's motto.   Aztec for Life baby!



Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:47 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

well, good for andybob



Since: Feb 8, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:35 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

Unprecidented level of talent coming in next year.  If they all have the character traits that Fisher has so keenly soughtout in his recruits, Fish, Dutch, and Bland are gonna have a freekin' blast with these guys.  Aztec Nation rising!!!!  Lets hope the Big East comes through with those games.  Think nobod wants to come to Viejas now?  Wait 'til we field this team!



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 2:22 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

The addition of Winston Shepard is like adding a Big Red Cherry on top of an already anticipated Delicious Sundae!!!   Aztecs Keep Rising!!!!



Since: Sep 10, 2007
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:52 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

The signing of Winston Shepard is great news for Shepard and the San Diego State Aztecs. If he works hard he can start as freshman under Coach Fisher. He will easily fit in with the defensive system the Aztecs play.  Steve Fisher has proven that he is a great coach and can teach players. The Aztecs are ranked in the top 25 after losing 4 of their 5 starters to the NBA and other professional basketball circuits. Perhaps this will mean the Aztecs can recruit other top 50 talent. 



Since: Aug 20, 2009
Posted on: February 16, 2012 1:49 pm
 

San Diego State lands top-50 Winston Shepard

Welcome to the finest city in the County Winston! Aztec4Life. This is the best decision you will ever make. Congrats and welcome!


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