The San Diego State Aztecs will have to deal with the losses of their two best players in the 2013-14 college basketball season. However, can Winston Shepard lead the Aztecs in the upcoming season?
First off, he will not be the only good player on the team, which means he will not be all by himself. San Diego State has been a good team for awhile now and that will once again be the case.
However, the Aztecs will need a new leader.
As a freshman, Shepard averaged 5.7 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game and two assists per game in just 20.3 minutes per game. He needs some work on his game, but he was only playing in his first season in college hoops. He will also have a much bigger role in the upcoming season or I would at least hope so.
Shepard was the No. 53rd ranked recruit for the 2012 class, according to ESPN. So, the potential is there for him to succeed and that very well could be the case in the 2013-14 season.
San Diego State has a great coach and a pretty good basketball team–on paper. Entering the season, the Aztecs will be expected to compete for a MWC title, like always. It is important to note that they finished four games back in the standings last season, which was probably not expected entering the year.
If San Diego State can deal with the losses of some great players, it will dance once again. However, it will be interesting to see if Shepard can lead the team. He definitely has the talent to do so.