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 tickets.

Sitting in the upper reaches of Viejas Arena as the Aztecs routed Division III Redlands 94-43 was a skinny kid named Nolan Narain, with not the slightest inkling he would one day be playing on the floor below.

Narain is 6-foot-10 now and among the nation’s most coveted power forwards from the class of 2016, and Monday evening he announced on his Twitter account that he has orally committed to the Aztecs.

Narian is technically a high school junior, meaning he wouldn’t sign a national letter of intent until November and begin his college career until the following year. He could, however, be on campus much sooner – like, August soon.

Narain, 17, is close to completing his high school coursework for early graduation and confirmed he is "contemplating" whether to reclassify to 2015, making him eligible for college immediately. He said Monday there are still some online classes to finish and won’t make a decision until August.

Even if he does reclassify, Narain said “I’d think about redshirting,” so either way he likely won’t put on a college uniform until 2016-17. It’s just a question of whether he spends next season developing his game at his prep school in rural Indiana and or in SDSU’s new practice facility scheduled to open in late summer.

That makes sense given the Aztecs’ roster situation. Forwards Skylar Spencer and Angelo Chol will both be seniors next season and the only big behind them is incoming freshman Brodricks “Buddah” Jones.