San Diego State Aztecs: 5 Most Important Players in 2014 NCAA Tournament

By John Lloyd

San Diego State Aztecs: 5 Most Important Players

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Coach Steve Fisher has the San Diego State Aztecs dancing for the fifth straight season. In one of his best coaching jobs yet, he has the Aztecs as a No. 4 seed facing the New Mexico State Aggies in the second round. Which players are the most important to the success of the Aztecs?

5. Skylar Spencer

Skylar Spencer
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5. Skylar Spencer

Skylar Spencer
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Skylar Spencer is Davis’ partner-in-crime on the glass. He is not the rebounder that Davis is, but he’s the rim protector who allows SDSU to play such tight defense. He averages almost three blocks a game.

4. JJ O'Brien

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4. JJ O'Brien

JJ O'Brien
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A talented wing player who plays defense, JJ O’Brien scores eight points per game and grabs five boards. If he can keep his offense going, he could be the most dangerous player on the team.

3. Winston Shepard

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3. Winston Shepard

Winston Shepard
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The defensive-minded wing coach Fisher loves, Winston Shepard also provides 12 points per game while getting to the line the second-most on the team.

2. Josh Davis

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2. Josh Davis

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Arguably one of the most underrated players in the country, Josh Davis is a tenacious rebounder who averages 10 boards a game. He does not score well, but he crashes the boards hard on offense to keep the offense alive.

1. Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames
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1. Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames
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The MWC POY, Xavier Thames is a great shooter who is also a willing passer. He’s the most valuable player on not only this Aztec team, but probably in the conference.

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