Lost: Tim Shelton, Garrett Green, Alec Williams, Jeremy Castleberry, Aaron Douglas
Gains: Dwayne Polee, J.J. O'Brien, Winston Shepard, Matt Shrigley, Skylar Spencer, James Johnson
San Diego State will once again be a top-25 team and a favorite in this conference.
The Aztecs lost three solid players, only one of whom was a consistent starter, in Tim Shelton, Garrett Green and Alec Williams. The main players are all back after going to the NCAA tournament last year, and they will challenge UNLV for the crown.
Jamaal Franklin, the reigning conference player of the year, and Chase Tapley, both NBA prospects, are returning, and both have the potential to lead the conference in scoring.
Franklin averaged 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds, and Tapley had 15.8 points, 2.3 assists and 1.8 steals while cementing his reputation as a sharpshooter with 43.3 percent three-point shooting.
The Aztecs also return Xavier Thames and James Rahon in the backcourt and Deshawn Stephens in the front court. Thames led the team in assists with 4.1 per game, and two seasons ago, Rahon was a 43.4 percent three-point shooter.
Head coach Steve Fisher is also bringing in a great recruiting class.
Winston Shepard, a top-100 recruit, leads a group of three freshman. Shepard could contribute immediately in the Aztec front court.
Fisher also has a trio of incoming transfers that will make an immediate impact.
J.J. O'Brien averaged 6.4 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman at Utah, Dwayne Polee averaged 4.4 points in 14.9 minutes at St. John's, and James Johnson, who averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds at Virginia, will be eligible after the fall semester.