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San Diego State commit discusses negative recruiting


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 recruiting taking place increase a great deal.

Just days after it was reported that the NCAA could be looking into possible rules violations at San Diego State, the Mountain West program is already having to battle against negative recruiting.

In a story written by Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune, recent SDSU commit Jalen McDaniels discussed what’s changed in his recruitment since the reports of a possible NCAA investigation surfaced. McDaniels, who hails from Federal Way, Washington, remains a firm San Diego State commit and he took to Twitter to make this clear on Tuesday.

The text was from a Pac-12 program. It was a screen shot of the story outlining the allegations.

“They were like, ‘It’s gonna get crazy,’ ” McDaniels said. “I was like, ‘No, it’s not.’ ”

Oral commitments are not binding. Only national letters of intent are, and high school seniors can’t sign them until early November. In the meantime, McDaniels continues to stand by his new family.

“10 toes down out here #Aztecs,” he tweeted before he went to bed Tuesday night.

“It was just showing that I’m loyal to the program,” he explained. “I chose the school for a reason. I’m not going anywhere.”

Given how long SDSU head coach Steve Fisher and his staff have been in charge, this likely isn’t the first time that they’ve had to deal with this scenario. However the unpredictability of this current situation, beginning with the question of whether or not the NCAA will make a formal inquiry, can make dealing with negative recruiting a bit more difficult.

The best the staff can do right now is keep their commitments and recruits up to date on the developments consistently, thus limiting the impact that the “rumor mill” can have in such situations. And with San Diego State in the running for talented players such as T.J. Leaf, M.J. Cage and Trevor Stanback (all 2016), this becomes an important move for the coaching staff.

Three-star power forward commits to San Diego State

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With Winston Shepard, Angelo Chol and Skylar Spencer all being seniors, adding depth to the front court is a key for San Diego State in the 2016 recruiting class. Wednesday night Steve Fisher’s program picked up an important commitment on that front, as three-star power forward Jalen McDaniels verbally committed to San Diego State while hosting them on an in-home visit.

The 6-foot-9 McDaniels announced the news via his Twitter account, and with another forward in Nolan Narain reclassifying to 2015 the Federal Way, Washington product becomes SDSU’s first 2016 commit. Among the other programs to have offered McDaniels, who took an official visit to SDSU in late August, were Arizona State, Boise State and Washington.

As a junior at Federal Way HS, McDaniels helped the team win the Washington Class 4A state title with Washington State signee Viont’e Daniels also a member of that roster. McDaniels played for the Seattle Rotary grassroots program this past spring/summer.

While McDaniels is slight of build, his length and athleticism make him a good fit for San Diego State. The Aztecs have had success with this mold of player under Fisher, and will look to continue that with McDaniels when he arrives on campus in 2016. At that time he’ll join the likes of Narain (who’s redshirting this season) and redshirt freshman Zylan Cheatham in competing for front court minutes (sophomore Malik Pope is a player some consider capable of making the leap to the NBA after the 2015-16 season).

Former Missouri wing headed to San Diego State

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San Diego State landed a talented transfer late Thursday, as former Missouri wing Montaque Gill-Caesar announced on Twitter that he’s decided to join Steve Fisher’s program. Gill-Caesar, who was a four-star prospect coming out of Huntington Prep in West Virginia, will have three years of eligibility remaining after he sits out the 2015-16 campaign.

The 6-foot-6 Gill-Caesar averaged 9.1 points and 3.0 rebounds per game in his lone season at Missouri, playing an average of 24 minutes contest.

Gill-Caesar is an important addition for San Diego State, which will lose wing Winston Shepard III at the end of the upcoming season. Among there perimeter players who have eligibility remaining beyond the upcoming season are Matt Shrigley, Trey Kell and Jeremy Hemsley, and adding a player who can score to this group is a boost for a program that struggled to manufacture baskets last season.

San Diego State has added two transfers to the program this summer, with former Indiana forward Max Hoetzel being the first. Like Gill-Caesar, Hoetzel will have to sit out the upcoming season per NCAA transfer rules.