2015–16 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team

The 2015–16 San Diego State men's basketball team represented San Diego State University during the 2015–16 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. This was head coach Steve Fisher's seventeenth season at San Diego State. The Aztecs played their home games at Viejas Arena. They were members in the Mountain West Conference. They finished the season 28–10, 16–2 in Mountain West play to win the Mountain West regular season championship. They defeated Utah State and Nevada to advance to the championship game of the Mountain West Tournament where they lost to Fresno State. As a regular season conference champion who failed to win their conference tournament, received an automatic bid to the National Invitation Tournament where they defeated IPFW, Washington, and Georgia Tech to advance to the semifinals where they lost to George Washington.

2015–16 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball
San Diego State Aztecs logo.svg
Mountain West regular season champions
NIT, Semifinals
ConferenceMountain West Conference
2015–16 record28–10 (16–2 Mountain West)
Head coachSteve Fisher (17th season)
Assistant coachBrian Dutcher
Assistant coachJustin Hutson
Assistant coachDavid Velasquez
Home arenaViejas Arena
Seasons
2015–16 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
San Diego State 16 2   .889     28 10   .737
Fresno State 13 5   .722     25 10   .714
Boise State 11 7   .611     20 12   .625
Nevada 10 8   .556     24 14   .632
New Mexico 10 8   .556     17 15   .531
Colorado State 8 10   .444     18 16   .529
UNLV 8 10   .444     18 15   .545
Utah State 7 11   .389     16 15   .516
Wyoming 7 11   .389     14 18   .438
Air Force 5 13   .278     14 18   .438
San Jose State 4 14   .222     9 22   .290
2016 MWC Tournament winner

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Previous seasonEdit

The 2014–15 San Diego State Aztecs finished the season with an overall record of 27–9, and 14–4 in Mountain West play to finish in a tie for the Mountain West regular season championship with Boise State. They advanced to the championship game of the Mountain West Tournament where they lost to Wyoming.[1] They received an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament as an 8-seed in the South Region, where they defeated St. John's in the second round before losing in the Round of 32 to Duke.[2]

DeparturesEdit

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Kevin Zabo 2 G 6'2" 185 Freshman Gatineau, QE Transferred to Indian Hills CC
Dwayne Polee II 5 F 6'7" 200 RS Senior Los Angeles, CA Graduated
Aqeel Quinn 10 G 6'3" 200 RS Senior Gardena, CA Graduated
J. J. O'Brien 20 F 6'7" 215 RS Senior Rancho Cucamonga, CA Graduated
Ryan Staten 24 G 6'2" 185 Senior San Pablo, CA Graduated

2015 Recruiting classEdit

In addition to two high school recruits, San Diego State received a commitment from Indiana transfer Max Hoetzel.[3] The sophomore wing will sit out the 2015–16 season, after which he will have three years of remaining eligibility.

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Jeremy Hemsley
#20 SG
La Verne, CA Damien High School 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 190 lb (86 kg) May 29, 2014 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:    Rivals:    247Sports:     ESPN: 
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

  • "2015 San Diego St. Basketball Commitment List". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  • "2015 San Diego St. Player Commits". ESPN.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.
  • "2015 Team Ranking". Rivals.com. Retrieved April 7, 2015.

RosterEdit

2015–16 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Previous school Hometown
F 0 Skylar Spencer 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 240 lb (109 kg) Sr Frederick K.C. Price H.S. Inglewood, California
F 3 Angelo Chol 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Sr Hoover H.S./Arizona San Diego, California
G 4 Dakarai Allen 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Sheldon H.S. Sacramento, California
F 10 Max Hoetzel   6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Wilbraham & Monson/Indiana Calabasas, California
G 11 D'Erryl Williams 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jr Sheldon H.S. Sacramento, California
G 12 Trey Kell 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So St. Augustine H.S. San Diego, California
F 13 Winston Shepard 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Sr Findlay Prep Houston, Texas
F 14 Zylan Cheatham 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) RS Fr South Mountain H.S. Phoenix, Arizona
G 15 Ben Perez (W) 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Fr USAFA Prep School San Marcos, California
F 20 Matt Shrigley 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 180 lb (82 kg) RS Jr La Costa Canyon H.S. Encinitas, California
F 21 Malik Pope 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Laguna Creek H.S. Sacramento, California
G 22 Parker U'u (W) 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 220 lb (100 kg) RS Jr Jesuit H.S./Hartford Sacramento, California
G 23 Montaque Gill–Caesar   6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Huntington Prep School/Missouri Vaughan, Ontario
F 24 Nolan Narain 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr La Lumiere School Hamilton, Ontario
F 33 Niksha Federico (W) 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Jr Cathedral Catholic H.S. San Diego, California
G 42 Jeremy Hemsley 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Fr Damien H.S. La Verne, California
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (attendance)
city, state
Exhibition
November 2*
7:00 pm
Cal State San Marcos W 86–48 
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
Non-conference regular season
November 13*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
Illinois State
MW–MVC Challenge
W 71–60  1–0
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
November 16*
6:30 pm, ESPN2
at No. 16 Utah
College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
L 76–81  1–1
Jon M. Huntsman Center (13,587)
Salt Lake City, UT
November 18*
7:00 pm, FSSD
San Diego Christian W 71–61  2–1
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
November 21*
7:00 pm, FSSD
Arkansas–Little Rock
Las Vegas Invitational
L 43–49  2–2
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
November 23*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
East Carolina
Las Vegas Invitational
W 79–54  3–2
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
November 26*
9:00 pm, FS1
vs. No. 14 California
Las Vegas Invitational semifinals
W 72–58  4–2
Orleans Arena 
Paradise, NV
November 27*
7:30 pm, FS1
vs. West Virginia
Las Vegas Invitational championship
L 50–72  4–3
Orleans Arena (3,245)
Paradise, NV
December 1*
7:30 pm, FSSD
at Long Beach State W 76–72  5–3
Walter Pyramid (4,365)
Long Beach, CA
December 6*
2:00 pm, FSSD
vs. San Diego
Bill Walton Basketball Festival/City Championship
L 48–53  5–4
Petco Park (10,086)
San Diego, CA
December 7*
7:00 pm
Biola W 73–53  6–4
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
December 10*
7:00 pm
Nicholls State W 84–47  7–4
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
December 18*
7:00 pm
Grand Canyon L 45–52  7–5
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
December 22*
8:00 pm, CBSSN
No. 2 Kansas L 57–70  7–6
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
Mountain West regular season
December 30
7:00 pm, CBSSN
Wyoming W 67–55  8–6
(1–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
January 2
7:00 pm, ESPNU
at Utah State W 70–67  9–6
(2–0)
Smith Spectrum (8,626)
Logan, UT
January 6
7:00 pm, ESPN3
San Jose State W 77–62  10–6
(3–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
January 13
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at Colorado State W 69–62  11–6
(4–0)
Moby Arena (4,018)
Fort Collins, CO
January 16
7:00 pm, ESPN2
at Boise State W 56–53  12–6
(5–0)
Taco Bell Arena (10,421)
Boise, ID
January 19
8:00 pm, ESPNU
Fresno State W 73–67 OT 13–6
(6–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
January 23
3:00 pm, CBSSN
Utah State W 70–55  14–6
(7–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
January 26
8:00 pm, ESPNU
at Nevada W 57–54  15–6
(8–0)
Lawlor Events Center (6,250)
Reno, NV
January 30
5:00 pm, CBSSN
at UNLV W 67–52  16–6
(9–0)
Thomas & Mack Center (15,243)
Paradise, NV
February 2
8:00 pm, ESPN2
Colorado State W 69–67  17–6
(10–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
February 6
1:00 pm, CBSSN
New Mexico W 78–71 OT 18–6
(11–0)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
February 10
8:00 pm, CBSSN
at Fresno State L 57–58  18–7
(11–1)
Save Mart Center (6,476)
Fresno, CA
February 13
7:00 pm, CBSSN
Air Force W 70–61  19–7
(12–1)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
February 21
1:00 pm, CBSSN
at San Jose State W 78–56  20–7
(13–1)
Event Center Arena (3,317)
San Jose, CA
February 24
7:00 pm, CBSSN
at Wyoming W 73–61  21–7
(14–1)
Arena-Auditorium (5,408)
Laramie, WY
February 27
3:00 pm, CBSSN
Boise State L 63–66  21–8
(14–2)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
March 1
6:30 pm, CBSSN
at New Mexico W 83–56  22–8
(15–2)
The Pit (14,540)
Albuquerque, NM
March 5
7:00 pm, CBSSN
UNLV W 92–56  23–8
(16–2)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
Mountain West Tournament
March 10
12:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Utah State
Quarterfinals
W 71–65  24–8
Thomas & Mack Center (8,279)
Paradise, NV
March 11
6:00 pm, CBSSN
vs. Nevada
Semifinals
W 67–55  25–8
Thomas & Mack Center (8,036)
Paradise, NV
March 11
3:00 pm, CBS
vs. Fresno State
Championship game
L 63–68  25–9
Thomas & Mack Center (8,132)
Paradise, NV
NIT
March 15*
7:00 pm, ESPN3
(2) (7) IPFW
First round – South Carolina Bracket
W 79–55  26–9
Viejas Arena (8,324)
San Diego, CA
March 21*
8:30 pm, ESPN2
(2) (3) Washington
Second round – South Carolina Bracket
W 93–78  27–9
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
March 23*
6:00 pm, ESPN2
(2) (4) Georgia Tech
Quarterfinals – South Carolina Bracket
W 72–56  28–9
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
March 29*
9:00 pm, ESPN
(2) (4) George Washington
Semifinals
L 46–65  28–10
Madison Square Garden (8,298)
New York, NY
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Pacific Time.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Aztecs Fall to Wyoming in Mountain West Final". GoAztecs.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  2. ^ "Aztecs' Sweet 16 Bid Falls Short Against Duke". GoAztecs.com. Retrieved April 8, 2015.
  3. ^ Osterman, Zach (May 13, 2015). "IU transfer Max Hoetzel commits to San Diego State". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved June 7, 2015.