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December 9, 2011
Mailbag on the Mesa
@EdwardLewisASR on Twitter, post questions on the message board or put questions on ASR's Facebook page.Editor's note: Every Friday ASR Publisher Edward Lewis will answer some questions from fans about the Aztecs in this weekly mailbag. Send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org,
Nick: What does your gut say about the Ronnie Hillman situation? I think he goes.
Krish: There has been a lot of speculation regarding the effect of the potential move of basketball to the Big West. However, what are the recruits themselves saying about that possibility?
Down the road is where I think things get hairy with the Big West. Let's say the Aztecs keep up their winning ways in the first year they're in the Big West, but somehow slip up in the conference tournament, don't get the automatic bid and then get robbed of an NCAA at-large berth (like every year Lorrenzo Wade and Richie Williams were at SDSU). Now you're an NIT team playing in a high school gym league. That's where my qualms come in. If you're a perennial NCAA Tournament team playing in that inferior conference, that's OK. Recruits want to go to the tourney and have a chance to win something every year. But one slip-up, and you're all the sudden no better than UC Santa Barbara or Long Beach State. That's where I think you'll start to notice some of the recruits saying, "Hold on a minute with SDSU." And that's why the Big West is such a raincloud for most pundits and fans. You can't have an off game after Christmas, because if you do, you're likely going to the NIT, and that equals an uphill battle with recruits.
Survalli: Winston Shepard, it's been far too quiet. Tony Bland has been spending a lot of time watching Price HS, is Trey Dickerson a fallback or are we preparing to make a move for him?
Everybody just needs to take a deep breath and step away from the Winston Shepard panic button. Look, the spring signing period isn't for another four months. He's already said publicly he wants to slow everything down, focus on his season and then deal with recruiting when the spring signing period draws closer. That's why it's been quiet with Shepard.
As for Dickerson, I really don't think it's going to happen, whether Shepard goes somewhere else or not. SDSU does not want another guard in this 2012 class. It already has Xavier Thames, Chase Tapley, James Rahon, LaBradford Franklin and Jamaal Franklin locked into its guard rotation for the foreseeable future. Spending another schollie on a guard for 2012 just isn't in the plans, which is also why the Aztecs have backed off of Tyrone Wallace, Justin Seymour and Keywhon Powns.
With Shepard, he's a tremendous player. People compare him to Jalen Rose, and everybody knows how that one turned out for Steve Fisher. That's why he's the only 2012 guard left on the radar screen at SDSU. Now things can change, and if Dickerson goes off for 30 points per game, maybe we're talking differently in two months. But that's the way I see it right now.
Vince: I know we just had D.J. Gay after just having Richie Williams, but is X the best pure PG we've ever had?
Adam: What is the latest on Norvel Pelle? Do you see him as an Aztec, eligible, playing ball in 2012? Also, who has more upside, Brandon Randolph or Mark Rodgers (tough question as I know they are friends)?
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