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VIDEO: San Diego State dedicates ‘Steve Fisher Court’

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When Steve Fisher took over as the head coach at San Diego State in 1999, to say that he was faced with a difficult rebuilding project would be an understatement. Prior to Fisher’s arrival the program produced just two 20-win seasons, with Smokey Gaines responsible for both in 1981-82 and 1984-85. To go from those lean years to now, with the Aztecs expected to not only be a perennial NCAA tournament team but win once there, speaks to what Fisher and his staff have managed to do.

Thursday afternoon the school honored Fisher for his achievements, naming the court at Viejas Arena “Steve Fisher Court.” A fitting honor for the head coach who has done so much of the school since he arrived on campus. And he’ll have another good team this season, as the Mountain West coaches picked San Diego State to win the conference in their preseason poll earlier this month.

San Diego State has made six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, winning at least one game in each of their last five trips.

Video credit: San Diego State Athletics

Aztec transfers Gill-Caesar, Hoetzel recovering from knee surgery

Riley LaChance, Montaque Gill-Caesar
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While the year in residency required of transfers serves as a time when newcomers can get acclimated to a new program, system and campus, it can also be a time when players can address medical issues. In the case of two San Diego State transfers, knee issues have resulted in them undergoing surgery this week.

According to the San Diego Union-Tribune wing Montaque Gill-Caesar and forward Max Hoetzel both underwent knee surgery. While Gill-Caesar had a cyst removed from his knee, Hoetzel’s procedure was to repair some cartilage. Both players are expected to be sidelined anywhere from four to six weeks.

With both players having to sit out this season anyway, this isn’t going to impact San Diego State’s rotation heading into the start of the upcoming season. But it does leave the Aztecs a couple bodies short in practice for the time being, which could make things difficult at times for a group that had some roster depth issues to address this summer.

Joining Gill-Caesar and Hoetzel as redshirts this season is freshman forward Nolan Narain, originally a 2016 commitment who decided to reclassify in the summer.

San Diego State commit discusses negative recruiting

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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.