Aztec men’s hoops win national recognition

SAINT DIEGO – With 47 days left until the 2022-23 regular season opener, the San Diego State Men’s Basketball program has received individual and team recognition from two national publications: Blue Ribbon Yearbook and 2022-23 Preview Edition of Lindy’s Sports College Basketball.

Each publication predicted the Aztecs would win the 2023 Mountain West title, which would extend their conference championship record to 15. The Blue Ribbon Yearbook ranked SDSU 25th in their preseason poll, while Lindy’s had the San Diego State ranked 26th in their poll.

The Aztecs’ frontcourt, which is anchored by the current Mountain West (MW) Defensive Player of the Year Nathan Mensahwas picked by the Blue Ribbon as the league’s best for the new season and also rated the backcourt and intangibles A, while the frontcourt and bench/depth were A+.

Individually, Blue Ribbon has Matt Bradley as the preseason Player of the Year and an All-Mountain West selection to the first team. Jaedon LeDeewhich Aztec fans waited a year to see after he transferred from the TCU and sat out last season, is set to be the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Among Lindy’s accolades, Matt Bradley is ranked 28th among the nation’s best players, the preseason conference Player of the Year, and a first-team All-MW player. Senior Nathan Mensah was selected as an All-MW Honored Second Team and the league’s premier defender. In his first year at The Mesa, Darrion Trammelalso a veteran and a transfer from Seattle U, earned inclusion in the publication’s national All-Defensive team, is slated to be the conference’s Rookie of the Year and a third-team representative.

Among the freshmen, Elias Saunders was recognized as the league’s best rebounder and Miles Byrd was named the best shooter and most likely to wear an NBA uniform first.

San Diego State returns Mensah, fifth-year veteran, Adam Seiko, Aguek Arop, and Bradley in 2022-23, and four-fifths of his starting lineup from a team that went 23-9 last year. In 2021-22, San Diego State appeared in the Mountain West tournament championship game for the fifth straight year and competed in the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.

In addition to the aforementioned players, SDSU returns beginners Lamont Butler and Keshad Johnson as well as newcomers LeDee, who sat out the 2021-22 season due to NCAA transfer rules, Trammell, a transfer from Seattle U., Micah Parisha transfer from Oakland, and freshmen Byrd and Saunders.

The Aztecs play an exhibition on Tuesday, November 1, against San Diego Christian at Viejas Arena, with the regular season opener set for Monday, November 7, also in Viejas.

For more information about tickets for the 2022-23 San Diego State Men’s Basketball Season, contact the Aztec Athletics box office at 619-283-7378 or aztix@sdsu.edu.

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