SDSU Basketball: Looking back on the 2013 season part one.
First off I would like to begin by thanking all of our loyal readers who came to San Diego Sports Domination for all of their Aztec basketball coverage this season. It was an honor to provide information to the best fan base in America. We would like to thank all of the newspapers that have linked our game previews, those who invited us onto podcasts and radio shows to talk about the team we love so dearly. The Aztecs had a hard loss to Florida Gulf Coast in the third round of the NCAA Tournament and now two days removed we talk a few moments to look at the magical season San Diego State truly had. This article is longer than normal and has been broken down into three articles. Please feel free to give us your most memorable moments of this past season in the comments section! Aztec fans had very high hopes for the 2012/2013 San Diego State Basketball team coming off a tough loss to North Carolina State in the NCAA Tournament. In this article we will reflect on the high’s and the low’s of this past season. Would this be the season in which Aztec Basketball history would be rewritten? Would senior guard Chase Tapley become the most winning player in Aztecs history and become the first player in the history of San Diego State University to play in four straight NCAA Tournament games? Chase Tapley did not set the record for most win’s by an Aztec thanks to New Mexico for defeating the Aztecs in the Mountain West Conference semi-finals. Chase Tapley would end his career as an Aztec with a record of 108 wins and 31 losses. Tapley will go down in Aztec basketball history as one of the most winning players to ever don the red and black!
The San Diego State Aztecs brought in one of the best recruiting classes in school history in five-star Winston Shepard, three-star Skylar Spencer and three-star Matt Shrigley. Winston Shepard would improve his skills greatly through the season with the help of the Aztec coaching staff in Tony Bland and Mark Fisher. Winston Shepard still has a lot of work to accomplish in the off-season to better his game. Shepard was over hyped in the mind of most Aztec fans and was the second best member of the freshman class on the court. The award to the best member of the freshman class goes to Skylar Spencer. Skylar Spencer also known as the “block machine” broke the Mountain West Conference freshman block record set by Utah’s Andrew Bogut of 44 blocks by picking up four blocks against the Nevada Wolf Pack giving him his 44th and 45th block of the season also breaking the San Diego State freshman blocks record of 45 set by Leonard Allen in 1982 (When SDSU was a member of the Western Athletic Conference (WAC). Skylar Spencer would end his freshman season as the team leader in blocks with 51. An important note to keep in mind is Spencer only played off the bench this season. With the lack of playing time facing Matt Shrigley he made the smart decision to red-shirt his freshman season. Shrigley has been projected by many to crack the Aztecs starting rotation next season.
The Aztecs entered the season with one of the best transfer classes in the history of San Diego State University. The Aztecs stole JJ O’Brien from Utah, James Johnson from Virginia and Dwayne Polee II from Saint Johns. Now one of the arguments about this years team was the lack of play by the transfers who were on the bench. O’Brien was the only transfer who was able to crack the Aztecs starting rotation on a number of occasions. Johnson became eligible in December after the semester grades were released. Johnson being the biggest man on the Aztecs roster at 6 foot 11 was expected to play the critical role of center against the big men of the Mountain West Conference. Johnson only played in 13 games totaling a total of four minutes per-game. Dwayne Polee II who was selected as the Mountain West Conference incoming player of the year was never given the chance to show case his talent. The one game in which he received major minutes was Wyoming and he went off tying the most points he had ever scored in a game. If you would like to read more about the argument for minutes please click here.
This is a crazy dunk by Jamaal Franklin in the Aztecs victory over Oklahoma in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
The following articles articles are part of this series looking back on the 2013 season.
SDSU Basketball: Looking back on the 2013 season part one (introduction).
SDSU Basketball: Looking back on the 2013 season part two (Memories).
SDSU Basketball: Looking back on the 2013 MWC season (Season Recap).
SDSU Basketball: Looking back on the 2013 season part three (Recap).
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