San Diego St. Rumors & News

  • Both SDSU transfers have knee surgery

    San Diego Union-Tribune "San Diego State basketball should get a volume discount on knee surgeries. Indiana transfer Max Hoetzel had surgery Thursday to repair cartilage. Missouri transfer Montaque “Teki” Gill-Caesar had surgery Friday to remove a cyst in his knee. “Both went well, no complications,” coach Steve..." October 19

  • San Diego State commit discusses negative recruiting

    College Basketball Talk "There’s no denying that negative recruiting occurs in college basketball, with some taking the approach of convincing recruits what another school lacks while also selling their own program’s positives. And when the possibility of an NCAA investigation comes into play, chances of negative..." September 21

  • NCAA in early stages of SDSU hoops probe

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The NCAA is examining allegations of potential rules violations by the San Diego State men’s basketball program that have not yet elevated to a formal investigation, according to several sources and media reports. The story was first reported Tuesday morning by CBS Sports, which cited..." September 16

  • Jalen McDaniels commits to SDSU hoops

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Jalen McDaniels, a versatile 6-foot-9 guard/forward/post/you-name-it from the Seattle area, orally committed to San Diego State’s basketball team on Wednesday night. The high school senior talked about the sense of family he felt during his recruiting visit two weekends ago and how “nobody is..." September 10

  • Former Missouri men’s basketball player Montaque Gill-Caesar to transfer to San Diego State

    Columbia Missourian "For the second time this week, a former Missouri basketball player is reportedly headed to a new program. Former Missouri guard Montaque Gill-Caesar tweeted Thursday he will transfer to San Diego State University. Gill-Caesar is the third Tiger to transfer this summer. Jon Rothstein of CBS..." August 28

  • SDSU hoops commit Narain reclassifies as college freshman

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Nolan Narain had a choice. Return for a final year of high school, dominate at 6-foot-10, be all-this and all-that, be big man on campus, have gaudy scoring and rebounding averages while dunking mercilessly on undersized posts hopelessly trying to guard him. Or reclassify to a college freshman,..." August 08

  • SDSU's Matt Shrigley tears ACL

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The season opener is still 3½ months away, but San Diego State’s basketball team suffered a huge loss in July. Fourth-year junior Matt Shrigley tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee playing basketball at a local fitness center, had reconstructive surgery Tuesday and is expected..." July 30

  • SDSU recruit Hemsley ready to compete

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Jeremy Hemsley watched most San Diego State basketball games last season, watched a team that won 27 times despite not having a true point guard, watched the Aztecs reach the NCAA Tournament for a sixth straight year before being handled by eventual champion Duke, watched the Aztecs play lock-down..." July 20

  • Former San Diego State signee Brodricks Jones trims list to four

    College Basketball Talk "In late June forward Brodricks Jones, who was expected to be a key piece down the line for San Diego State, surprised some people when he requested to be released from his National Letter of Intent. Jones, a four-star 6-foot-9 power forward, hasn’t lacked for attention since reopening his..." July 13

  • SDSU commit Jones asks for release

    San Diego Union-Tribune "San Diego State might have another scholarship available in men’s basketball. Brodricks “Buddah” Jones, a 4-star recruit from Lawndale High in the Los Angeles area, suddenly and inexplicably asked for his release from the national letter of intent he signed with the Aztecs in November. SDSU..." July 02

  • SDSU basketball gets Indiana transfer

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Despite not having a transfer sitting out last season for the first time in his 16 years at San Diego State, coach Steve Fisher insisted the Aztecs were not abandoning the transfer market. He didn’t lie. Max Hoetzel, a 6-foot-8 freshman transfer from Indiana, orally committed to SDSU on Tuesday..." May 13

  • SDSU basketball lands 4-star Narain

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Three years ago, the Sir Allan MacNab Lions from the Canadian city of Hamilton, Ontario, came to the Holiday Classic, the annual high school basketball tournament over Christmas break at Torrey Pines High. They had a night off, saw San Diego State was playing and secured a block of..." May 05

  • Polee sidelined after medical setback

    San Diego Union-Tribune "A week after making an emotional return to the court, Dwayne Polee II is sidelined again. The fifth-year senior suffered a medical setback and was not in uniform Saturday for San Diego State’s key Mountain West clash against Boise State at Viejas Arena. Polee had played 13 minutes on the..." March 01

  • San Diego State to redshirt freshman forward

    College Basketball Talk "San Diego State officially announced on Tuesday that they will redshirt freshman forward Zylan Cheatham. The school announced the move in an official release and the No. 78 recruit in the 2014 class will have to wait until next season to make his college basketball debut. After breaking his..." January 13

  • San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee II collapsed in practice last season

    College Basketball Talk "San Diego State’s Dwayne Polee II collapsed during a practice a year ago, head coach Steve Fisher announced on Saturday evening during a press conference. The incident was similar to the one that he suffered this past Monday during a game against UC Riverside. “Dwayne had a similar issue occur..." December 29

  • Dwayne Polee II visits SDSU practice

    ESPN "Dwayne Polee II visited San Diego State's practice Friday night, four days after he collapsed on the court during a game. Polee did not participate in the practice and was not made available for comment, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. Coach Steve Fisher told the newspaper that Polee..." December 27

  • San Diego State forward Dwayne Polee II collapses during game, taken to hospital

    College Basketball Talk "San Diego State senior Dwayne Polee II was on defense tracking his man along the perimeter during Monday night’s game against UC Riverside when the forward took a face-first fall to the ground and collapsed in the first half." December 23

  • SDSU nears Cheatham redshirt decision

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Zylan Cheatham participated in shooting drills with San Diego State’s basketball team on Friday, as he has for the past few weeks. Then the 5-on-5 contact session began. Cheatham stayed on the court. “It’s nice to have Zylan able to do some stuff,” coach Steve Fisher said of his 6-foot-7..." December 16

  • San Diego State's Shrigley to make season debut Thursday

    CBS Sports "San Diego State forward Matt Shrigley will make his season debut Thursday night against San Diego, coach Steve Fisher said Tuesday. " December 03

  • SDSU guard Aqeel Quinn sidelined by broken bone in hand

    Sporting News - NCAAB "San Diego State will be without the services of guard Aqeel Quinn, who underwent surgery on Monday to repair a broken bone in his left hand, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. There's no definitive timetable for his return, though rough estimates place him on the sidelines for about four..." December 02

  • Report: San Diego State to give Steve Fisher a contract extension

    College Basketball Talk "Forget a contract extension, San Diego State should turn Viejas Arena into a shrine to Steve Fisher. That’s how much he’s meant to the Aztecs, turning the program from a doormat and an afterthought in the perpetually competitive Mountain West to a national power and perennial top 25 team. He..." November 19

  • Freshman Trey Kell wins point guard job at San Diego State

    CBS Sports "San Diego State freshman Trey Kell will begin the season as the Aztecs' starting point guard, coach Steve Fisher said Thursday. "He's going to start," Fisher said. "He has an innate feel for how to play the game. We're going to mix and match at that spot as we go along. Kevin Zabo -- another..." November 13

  • Shrigley breaks elbow, out 4 weeks

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Matt Shrigley got up after a flagrant foul late in the first half of Friday night’s exhibition against Point Loma Nazarene at Viejas Arena, made two free throws and then was well short on a 3-point attempt on the ensuing possession. It’s the last shot he’ll take in a game for a while. The..." November 10

  • Steve Fisher wins distinguished Wooden Legend of Coaching award

    CBS Sports "Though Aztec fans are well aware of what he's accomplished, it's possible no coach is more underappreciated nationally than Steve Fisher. The 69-year-old San Diego State coach has built a West Coast power out of practically nothing. And so this week, it was announced that Fisher would become..." October 04

  • SDSU's Cheatham out with broken foot

    San Diego Union-Tribune "San Diego State fans may indeed get to see star recruit Zylan Cheatham play this season. They’ll just have to wait. Coach Steve Fisher said Wednesday that the 6-foot-8 freshman forward has a broken bone in his left foot from an injury sustained earlier this summer and it could be “three to four..." August 28

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • Report: James Johnson to transfer to Liberty

    College Basketball Talk "James Johnson is headed to his third school in four years. The former San Diego State and Virginia big man will finish out his collegiate career at Liberty, according to a report from Jeff Goodman of Johnson played the first semester of his career with the Cavaliers, but left the..." April 23

  • Arizona Wildcats beat San Diego State 70-64 to reach Elite Eight

    Arizona Daily Star "Nick Johnson found his stroke just in time, and for that the Arizona Wildcats are headed to the Elite Eight for the second time in four seasons. Having missed his first 10 field goals, Johnson scored 13 points in the final 2:46 to help lift the Wildcats to a 70-64 win over San Diego State in..." March 28

  • NCAA tournament breakdown: Previewing Thursday's Sweet 16 games

    USA Today "WEST REGIONAL (ANAHEIM) Stanford (23-12) vs. Dayton (25-10) | Time, TV: 7:15 p.m. ET, CBS Why Dayton will win: Rolling in the deep. The Flyers' rotation includes 11 players averaging double-digit minutes. "There's not much difference between No. 3 and No. 8," coach Archie Miller said...." March 27

  • For San Diego State, beating Arizona would be milestone victory

    Arizona Republic "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women's track-and-field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. "Want to talk about my bracket?" she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 26

  • Shepard tries to 'shake' shooting slump

    San Diego Union-Tribune "If the first step to recovery is acknowledgement, Winston Shepard is on his way to rediscovering his shooting touch. He puts his hand in the air. He nods. He admits it. He’s in a slump. “From the NBA level all the way down, players go through stretches like this,” Shepard said Monday. “It..." March 25

  • Powerful Cats stand in way of SDSU's first Elite 8 trip

    Arizona Daily Star "In theory, it was an all-sports news conference that San Diego State was holding Monday at Viejas Arena, but Aztec women’s track and field coach Shelia Burrell knew better than that. “Want to talk about my bracket?” she said upon sitting down at the podium. Then, of course, she proceeded to..." March 25

  • SDSU painfully familiar with Sweet 16 foe Arizona

    Fox Sports Arizona "Steve Fisher's San Diego State Aztecs are painfully familiar with their opponent in the Sweet 16, the top-seeded Arizona Wildcats. Last season, Nick Johnson swooped out of nowhere to block a layup by Chase Tapley to preserve a one-point Wildcats win in a tournament in Hawaii. In the second game..." March 25

  • Thames, SD St. Aztecs stampede past NDSU Bison, 63-44

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The glass slipper was on the floor. This year, the Aztecs stomped on it. San Diego State – well, Xavier Thames, really – took out 12th-seeded North Dakota State 63-44 at Spokane Arena on Saturday afternoon to exorcise the ghosts of last year’s NCAA Tournament loss to Florida Gulf Coast and earn..." March 22

  • SDSU coach happy to move on, but rips NCAA

    Fox Sports "San Diego State head coach Steve Fisher had plenty to have happy about after Thursday’s 73-69 win over New Mexico State. But he took a moment to switch gears after the game. “I’m going to do something I never do: I’m going to complain about the NCAA process,” he said. Fisher went on to..." March 21

  • SDSU beats New Mexico St. 73-69, gets Cinderella next

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The Spokane River cuts through downtown with some dramatic drops in elevation, and with the recent snowmelt the waterfalls are churning. San Diego State coach Steve Fisher had the bus driver stop to look as they crossed over them on the way to practice Wednesday, and he joked that he’d like to..." March 21

  • Aggies' big man Bhullar stands in SDSU's way

    Fox Sports Southwest "Steve Fisher cut down the final net in the NCAA tournament 25 years ago and reached two other national championship games, so he knows about playing deep into March. He'd like to think his fourth-seeded San Diego State Aztecs can advance beyond the opening weekend this year. To have that..." March 19

  • Three thoughts: SDSU, New Mexico

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Three thoughts on San Diego State’s 51-48 win against New Mexico at Viejas Arena on Saturday night to claim the outright Mountain West championship: 1. Now what? The Aztecs are 27-3 and likely headed to Spokane, Wash., for the opening weekend of the NCAA Tournament as, according to the latest..." March 19

  • New Mexico Lobos Take Down Aztecs to Claim MW Tourney title "Lobo Coach Craig Neal has his first championship ring as New Mexico's head man. His New Mexico Lobos also have some Mountain West jewerly. And senior Cameron Bairstow has a MVP trophy. “It was very special to me,” Neal said of his first title as a head coach. “I’ve told my guys that they’ll..." March 16

  • San Diego St. 59, UNLV 51

    ProSportsDaily "Dwayne Polee II scored 18 points off the bench as the Aztecs held off a late rally to defeat the Runnin' Rebels in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Xavier Thames collected 17 points and six assists for top-seeded San Diego State (29-3), which will play New..." March 15

  • San Diego St. 73, Utah St. 39

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames had 15 points and seven assists as the Aztecs won easily in their Mountain West Conference tournament opener over the Aggies in Las Vegas. Winston Shepard added 13 points for San Diego State (28-3), which shot 52.5 percent from the field, including 7-of-17 from 3-point range. The..." March 14

  • SDSU beats New Mexico for MW title

    San Diego Union-Tribune "Steve Fisher is an old school Big Ten basketball coach, from the days of Bobby Knight and Gene Keady. You play man-to-man defense because zones are soft, a cop-out, the ultimate sign of weakness. Guess how Fisher and his Aztecs just won a Mountain West championship on Saturday night. “I used..." March 09

  • San Diego St. 73, UNLV 64

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames scored a game-high 19 points and the visiting Aztecs finished the contest on a 12-2 run to remain tied for the Mountain West Conference lead with one game to play. Matt Shrigley and Dwayne Polee II came off the bench to score 14 and 13 points, respectively, as San Diego State..." March 06

  • San Diego St. 82, Fresno St. 67

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames scored 22 points and Aqeel Quinn matched a career high with 17 as the visiting Aztecs completed a season sweep of the Bulldogs after drawing clear in the second half. Winston Shepard had 13 points and Skylar Spencer added nine for San Diego State (25-3, 14-2 Mountain West), which..." March 02

  • San Diego St. 90, San Jose St. 64

    ProSportsDaily "Winston Shepard scored 12 points, grabbed six rebounds and had five assists as the host Aztecs remained in a tie for first place in the Mountain West Conference with New Mexico. JJ O'Brien and Dwayne Polee II each joined Shepard with a team-high 12 points and Matt Shrigley added 11 points for..." February 26

  • New Mexico Lobos/Bairstow Pound San Diego St. Aztecs 58-44 "A Mountain West championship might not have been claimed Saturday night in The Pit – the Aztecs get their West Coast rematch -- but a Lobos’ name was firmly stamped on the Player of The Year trophy. UNM’s seemingly unstoppable Cameron Bairstow ripped through one of the nation’s premier defense..." February 23

  • SDSU shows its depth in rout of Utah St.

    San Diego Union-Tribune "On a late January trip to Logan, Utah, San Diego’s State’s basketball team got a career night from guard Xavier Thames, and it needed it. Thames scored 21 points against Utah State in regulation, enough to get the Aztecs to overtime, during which Thames tacked on another 10 to hand the Aggies a..." February 19

  • One-two punch keeps San Diego State on the rise in college basketball

    Los Angeles Times "Another sellout crowd is on its feet at Viejas Arena for the final minute of yet another San Diego State basketball win. On this night, a well-respected Nevada team that came in with a highly touted defense has been drubbed by 15 points. Xavier Thames, a senior who is San Diego State's leading..." February 18

  • Shepard lifts Aztecs over Air Force, 64-56

    San Diego Union-Tribune "The shot had no chance. With the shot clock down to nearly zero, San Diego State guard Xavier Thames launched a rushed and desperate 3-pointer that was wide when it left his fingers. The ball dropped left of the rim and an Air Force rebound would give the Falcons a chance to get to within two..." February 16

  • At San Diego State, the basketball court is a classroom

    USA Today "Steve Fisher and his San Diego State staff do their homework before they see recruits, like all good coaches do. They know players' backgrounds, playing styles and outside interests. And then, when they're visiting recruits at their homes, Fisher will often ask for another tidbit of..." February 12