Major portal news as Matt Bradley is headed to San Diego
A high-end transfer headed to the MW
Brian Dutcher lost much of his roster from last season but replenished that a bit by securing the commitment of California transfer Matt Bradley — in three years for the Golden Bears, Bradley’s he’s averaging 15.2 PPG, while shooting 40% from three-point land. In those three seasons, Bradley earned 2nd team All-PAC-12 honors in both of the past two seasons, where he led California in scoring in each of those seasons.
Same story but a new chapter 🙏 pic.twitter.com/W0FxgWFuiE
— matty Bradley (@bradley_matty) April 13, 2021
Bradley instantly becomes one of the elite scorers in the conference.
SDSU’s had no shortage of success getting transfers throughout Brian Dutcher’s tenure — getting guys like Malachi Flynn & Yanni Wetzell, both of whom played an integral part of San Diego State’s historical season in 2019-20.
OUTLOOK FOR SDSU:
Matt Mitchell & Jordan Schakel both opted to not utilize the extra-season of eligibility, and enter the NBA Draft — that news was expected when it surfaced a few weeks ago. In more surprising news, Terrell Gomez also didn’t use the extra year. Gomez will play professionally likely overseas next season.
So where does that leave you?
Matt Bradley obviously steps into a significant role & will touch the ball a ton, but is playing for a coach who emphasizes defensive intensity & effort. Bradley wasn’t a great defender during his California days, but the tools are there for him to succeed on that end due to his linebacker-esque stature.
Joshua Thomas and Trey Pulliam both finished their senior seasons, but haven’t publicly made a decision on their future’s, regarding the free year.
That leaves Nathan Mensah as the top-scorer set to return, averaging 8.1 PPG last season, while hauling in 6.1 rebounds. He’ll continue to be a significant part of SDSU’s attack & could take on a larger offensive workload.
Younger players like Keshad Johnson & Lamont Butler will be given many opportunities to become a huge part of the present along with the future. Butler looks to be the next Point Guard due to his elite defense and flashes on the offensive end, while Johnson is a perfectly build wing player.
Expect to see Brian Dutcher active in the portal some more & adding new faces into the fold for next season.