SDSU Men's Basketball Receives National Attention

April 23, 2012

SAN DIEGO - The San Diego State men's basketball team received more national attention on Monday as it was tabbed the 16th-best team in the nation heading into the 2012-13 season. Two of the Aztecs transfers were also highlighted as players to watch next season.

SDSU was rated No. 16 by ESPN's Dick Vitale, who on Monday, released his early preseason top-40 rankings. The Aztecs were the highest-ranked Mountain West team on his list, ahead of No. 21 New Mexico and No. 30 UNLV.

"The premier player in the Mountain West, Jamaal Franklin, is back," Vitale said. "Steve Fisher welcomes in several big-time transfers, including Dwayne Polee of St. John's."

Polee and fellow sophomore JJ O'Brien were among the notable transfers singled out by ESPN.com's Dana O'Neil.

"O'Brien ... is a solid scorer who averaged 6.4 points despite missing nine games with a broken foot," O'Neil wrote. "Polee, a gifted athlete, started 27 games ... as a freshman, but he was on the wrong coast. Polee is from Los Angeles, and the pull to be closer to home ... was too much to overcome. Now Steve Fisher, who already had an impressive would-be mulligan season, has even more talent to keep the Aztecs moving forward."

The Aztecs, who finished the 2011-12 campaign with a 26-8 record, are coming off their fourth straight season with at least 25 victories and their third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. In each of the last seven years, the back-to-back Mountain West regular-season co-champions have won 20 or more games and have advanced to the postseason.

In 2012-13, San Diego State is slated to return four of its five starters and its top four scorers from this past season. The Aztecs are also slated to welcome three Division I transfers and a heralded recruiting class that was ranked No. 24 nationally by Rivals.com.

Deposits for SDSU men's basketball season tickets for the 2012-13 campaign are currently being accepted. For more information, please visit GoAztecs.com or call the Aztec Ticket Office at (619) 283-SDSU.