After a 2-0 start for the San Diego State Aztecs and a 1-1 opening for the Stanford Cardinal, these two California-based programs will match up in week two of the college basketball season.
For Stanford – adding its first transfer recruit since 2009 – head coach Jerod Haase hit an absolute home run while his opponent in Brian Dutcher has his nationally ranked squad led by a trio of top portal prospects. In this Tuesday night battle, can Stanford find a way to shut down one of the nation’s best offenses or will San Diego State and its transfer recruits keep rolling on the road?
Let’s take a look at some of the transfer pieces that will have contributing roles on both sides of the ball and could be critical in a potential win for either program.
No. 17 San Diego State Aztecs:
Jaedon Ledee – A former top-100 prospect, Ledee arrived in San Diego this offseason after a season at Ohio State and two at TCU to produce 11-points and 23-points in wins over Cal State Fullerton and BYU respectively. At 6-foot-9, the forward has also contributed on the defensive end for the Aztecs as well with steals in both opening matchups, and a blocked shot, to go with 10 total rebounds and 3 assists.
Micah Parrish – The 2021-22 Horizon League All-Defensive Team selection is off to a slow start offensively for San Diego State but having averaged 10.3 PPG, 5.7 RPG, and 1.3 APG at Oakland he has the tools to be a consistent piece for Dutcher. That being said, Parrish has been lock down on the defensive end for the Aztecs with 4 steals across the team’s first two games all while committing zero personal fouls on 20 minutes per game.
Darrion Trammell – Leading the way in scoring for the Aztecs has been Seattle transfer Darrion Trammell averaging 19.5 PPG, 2.5 RPG, and 2.5 APG to start his season in the Mountain West Conference. Trammell joined San Diego State with a certain pedigree having been selected twice as First-Team All-WAC, twice as an All-WAC Tournament honoree, and once an All-WAC Defensive Team addition and has proven he can be a high-level offensive and defensive player for his new program.
Michael Jones – The Davidson transfer has been electric since arriving in Stanford, CA averaging 20 PPG, 4.5 RPG, and 2 APG including a career high 31-point performance to begin the season with an 88-79 win over Pacific while shooting 60%. Most recently, however, Jones struggled in a defensive 60-50 loss against Wisconsin putting up just 9 points, 4 rebounds, and 1 assist but has the ability to be a handful tonight on homecourt vs the Aztecs.