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A Look At San Diego State Aztecs’ 2014 Recruiting Class So Far

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The San Diego State Aztecs just recently landed another good recruit in Malik Pope, according to ESPN. With that in mind, let’s take a look at their 2014 recruiting class so far.

San Diego State will have two four-stars and one three-star joining, according to ESPN. Pope is ranked No. 52 in the class of 2014 and Trey Kell is ranked No. 79, according to ESPN. Kevin Zabo is the other player set to join the team.

The Aztecs have been a very solid basketball program over the last few years and they are a team that makes the NCAA tournament on a yearly basis (at least as of recent). San Diego State made the tourney last season as a No. 7 seed and it will be interesting to see if it can make it in the upcoming season with the top two leading scorers no longer on the team.

Regardless, San Diego State seems to be set for the near future. Landing two top 100 recruits is a pretty big deal and the Aztecs still have some time to land even more talented players.

The MWC was solid last year and it seems like it is on the rise despite being a mid-major conference. The emergence of San Diego State has a lot to do with that.

The Aztecs will not be the favorites to win the MWC in the upcoming season, but they will have the talent to finish in the top five of the conference standings. Who knows, the team could be picked to win the conference title in the 2014-15 season with such a good recruiting class set to join.

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NCAA Tournament Profile: San Diego State Aztecs

Record: 26-8

RPI: 26

BPI: 42

Conference: Mountain West Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 8 in the South

 

Another year in the Mountain West, and yet another year the San Diego State Aztecs were one of the conference’s top teams (tied for first place with the Boise State Broncos in the regular season conference standings).

The MW hasn’t been getting a whole lot of love this year, but this isn’t San Diego State’s first rodeo — not even close. In fact, most fans probably expect the Aztecs to make the tournament on a yearly basis now.

 

What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Aqeel Quinn, Winston Shepard (11.1 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Winston Shepard (5.3 RPG)

Leading Passer: J.J. O’Brien (2.5 APG)

Bad Losses: Fresno State, Washington

Good Wins: Utah, BYU, Pittsburgh, Wyoming (twice), Colorado State (twice)

 

Needless to say, the Aztecs challenged themselves this season, and got a huge win over Utah. They also played the Arizona Wildcats (only lost by two points) and Cincinnati Bearcats (lost in overtime). Both teams are also part of the field of 68.

Yeah, San Diego State certainly didn’t have an easy non-conference schedule, but that should only benefit it in the dance, a tournament that features an endless amount of talent and a boatload of teams with different playing styles.

The Aztecs made it to the Sweet 16 last season, but that team also had Xavier Thames. The NCAA tournament can be a weird beast, though, so it will be interesting to see if this version of San Diego State can go on a deeper run.

The San Diego State Aztecs are dancing!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

The San Diego State Aztecs will be making yet another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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