Having won six of their last seven games, San Diego State currently leads the Mountain West with an 11-3 record going into Saturday night’s game at San Jose State. Steve Fisher’s team received some excellent news ahead of the game as well, as it was announced by the school that senior forward Dwayne Polee has been medically cleared to return to game action.
Polee, who was a key player for the Aztecs on their run to the Sweet 16 last season, has not played since December after collapsing in the first half of a game against Bakersfield. Polee was eventually diagnosed with cardiac arrhythmia, which is also an irregular heartbeat. This wasn’t the first time Polee collapsed during action, as he did so during a practice last season.
How much playing time Polee sees remains to be seen, and it would definitely be understandable if he were a bit rusty. But this may be the optimal game for Fisher to get Polee some minutes, as San Jose State has yet to win a conference game and has won just two games all season long.
Dave Wojcik’s team has been hit hard by a number of issues, including a lack of depth and the team’s ban from postseason play for its Academic Progress Rate numbers.
Without Polee others have been asked to step up for San Diego State on the wings, with fellow senior Aqeel Quinn, redshirt sophomore Matt Shrigley and freshman Malik Pope being three of those players. If Polee can help them, San Diego State get deeper on the wings as the look to win another Mountain West title.