2009–10 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball team

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2009–10 San Diego State Aztecs men's basketball
San Diego State athletics logo 2002.png
Mountain West Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament, First Round
Conference Mountain West Conference
2009–10 record 25–9 (11–5 Mountain West)
Head coach Steve Fisher
Assistant coach Brian Dutcher
Assistant coach Justin Hutson
Assistant coach Mark Fisher
Home arena Viejas Arena
Seasons
« 2008–09 2010–11 »
2009–10 Mountain West Conference men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#8 New Mexico 14 2   .875     30 5   .857
#17 BYU 13 3   .813     30 6   .833
UNLV 11 5   .688     25 8   .758
San Diego State 11 5   .688     25 9   .735
Colorado State 7 9   .438     16 16   .500
Utah 7 9   .438     14 17   .452
TCU 5 11   .313     13 19   .406
Wyoming 3 13   .188     10 21   .323
Air Force 1 15   .063     10 21   .323
2010 MWC Men's Basketball Tournament winner
As of March 20, 2010; Rankings from AP/Coaches Poll

The 2009–10 San Diego State men's basketball team represented San Diego State University in the 2009–10 college basketball season. This was head coach Steve Fisher's eleventh season at San Diego State. The Aztecs competed in the Mountain West Conference and played their home games at the Viejas Arena. They finished the season 25–9, 11–5 in MWC play. They won the 2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament to earn the conference's automatic bid to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament. They earned an 11 seed in the Midwest Region and were defeated by 6 seed and AP #15 Tennessee in the first round.

Off Season[edit]

Departures[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
Ryan Amoroso 43 F 6'8" 263 Senior Burnsville, Minnesota Graduated
Tim Island 2 G 6'4" 207 Senior San Diego, California Graduated
Kyle Spain 15 F 6'5" 220 Senior Newark, California Graduated
Matt Thomas 21 G 6'4" 213 Senior Riverside, California Graduated
Lorenzo Wade 31 F 6'6" 225 Senior Hawthorne, California Graduated
Richie Williams 3 G 5'10" 162 Senior San Diego, California Graduated
Bryce Smith 25 G 6'3" 200 Freshman Woodland Hills, California Elected to transfer.[1]

Incoming Transfers[edit]

Name Number Pos. Height Weight Year Hometown Notes
James Rahon 11 G 6'5" 202 Sophomore San Diego, California Elected to transfer from Santa Clara. Rahon will redshirt for the 2009-10 season, under NCAA transfer rules. Will have three years of eligibility.[2]

2009 Recruiting Class[edit]

Name Home town High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kawhi Leonard
SF
Riverside, CA Matin Luther King High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Oct 22, 2008 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Eric Lawton
SG
Hemet, CA West Valley High School 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 160 lb (73 kg) Jun 27, 2008 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Chase Tapley
SG
Sacramento, CA Sacramento High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Sep 25, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 85
Alec Williams
PF
San Juan Capistrano, CA Junipero Serra Catholic High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (100 kg) Jun 13, 2008 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 80
Malcolm Thomas
PF
San Diego, CA San Diego City College 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Nov 12, 2008 
Scout: N/A   Rivals: N/A   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: JC
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:

Preseason[edit]

In the Mountain West preseason polls, released October 6 at The Mtn. studios in Denver, CO, San Diego State was selected to finish second in the media poll.[3] Jr. Billy White was selected to the preseason MWC first team. Fr. Kawhi Leonard was selected as the preseason freshman of the year.

Roster[edit]

Kawhi Leonard

Source[4]

# Name Height Weight (lbs.) Position Class Hometown Previous Team(s)
0 Alec Williams 6'6" 268 F Fr. San Juan Capistrano, CA JSerra HS
3 Tyrone Shelley 6'6" 225 G So. San Diego, CA Crawford HS
Pepperdine
4 Malcolm Thomas 6'9" 215 F Jr. San Diego, CA Crawford HS
San Diego City College
5 Brian Carlwell 6'11" 297 C Jr. Maywood, IL Proviso East HS
Illinois
11 James Rahon 6'5" 202 G So. San Diego, CA Torrey Pines HS
Santa Clara
15 Kawhi Leonard 6'7" 225 F Fr. Riverside, CA King HS
20 Jason Deutchman 6'6" 220 G Jr. Los Angeles, CA Santa Monica HS
UW–Milwaukee
22 Chase Tapley 6'2" 205 G Fr. Sacramento, CA Sacramento HS
23 D.J. Gay 6'0" 167 G Jr. Sun Valley, CA Poly HS
24 Tim Shelton 6'7" 248 F So. Fresno, CA Clovis West HS
32 Billy White 6'8" 235 F Jr. Las Vegas, NV Green Valley HS
40 Kelvin Davis 6'3" 220 G Sr. Waterbury, CT Sacred Heart HS
College of Southern Idaho
42 Mehdi Cheriet 6'9" 218 F Sr. Tarare, France Albert Thomas HS
Arizona Western

Schedule and results[edit]

Source[5]

Date
Time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
City, State
Exhibition
11/03/2009*
7:00pm
California Baptist W 72–57 
Viejas Arena (4,365)
San Diego, CA
11/10/2009*
7:00pm
Point Loma Nazarene W 89–56 
Viejas Arena (4,807)
San Diego, CA
Regular Season
11/14/2009*
2:00pm
UC–San Diego W 77–52  1–0
Viejas Arena (5,520)
San Diego, CA
11/16/2009*
11:00pm, ESPN
at Saint Mary's
ESPN College Hoops Tip-Off Marathon
L 80–58  1–1
McKeon Pavilion (2,774)
Moraga, CA
11/19/2009*
7:00pm
Santa Clara
West Coast Classic
W 86–53  2–1
Viejas Arena (5,401)
San Diego, CA
11/23/2009*
7:00pm
at Fresno State
West Coast Classic
W 62–58  3–1
Save Mart Center (8,041)
Fresno, CA
11/25/2009*
7:00pm, Big West TV
at Pacific
West Coast Classic
L 71–63  3–2
Alex G. Spanos Center (2,705)
Stockton, CA
11/28/2009*
3:00pm
Northern Arizona
West Coast Classic
W 89–48  4–2
Viejas Arena (4,390)
San Diego, CA
12/02/2009*
7:05pm, 4SD
at San Diego
City Championship
W 69–62 OT 5–2
Jenny Craig Pavilion (4,662)
San Diego, CA
12/05/2009*
7:00pm
at UC Santa Barbara W 69–61  6–2
The Thunderdome (2,513)
Santa Barbara, CA
12/09/2009*
7:00pm
Cal State Fullerton W 82–68  7–2
Viejas Arena (4,774)
San Diego, CA
12/12/2009*
7:00pm, The Mtn.
Arizona W 63–46  8–2
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
12/19/2009*
3:30pm, FSAZ
at Arizona State L 55–52  8–3
Wells Fargo Arena (10,055)
Tempe, AZ
12/22/2009*
6:05pm
at Drake
MWC–MVC Challenge
W 76–73 OT 9–3
Knapp Center (4,012)
Des Moines, IA
12/29/2009*
7:00pm
UC Riverside W 58–53  10–3
Viejas Arena (5,315)
San Diego, CA
12/31/2009*
1:00pm
Pomona–Pitzer W 89–54  11–3
Viejas Arena (4,061)
San Diego, CA
01/05/2010
7:30pm, The Mtn.
No. 15 New Mexico W 74–64  12–3 (1–0)
Viejas Arena (7,558)
San Diego, CA
01/09/2010
3:00pm, The Mtn.
at Wyoming L 85–83  12–4 (1–1)
Arena-Auditorium (4,826)
Laramie, WY
01/13/2010
7:05pm, CBSCS
at UNLV L 76–66  12–5 (1–2)
Thomas & Mack Center (14,530)
Paradise, NV
01/16/2010
7:00pm, The Mtn.
TCU W 67–62  13–5 (2–2)
Viejas Arena (5,871)
San Diego, CA
01/19/2010
7:00pm, The Mtn.
at Utah W 70–68  14–5 (3–2)
Jon M. Huntsman Center (8,520)
Salt Lake City, UT
01/23/2010
7:00pm, The Mtn.
No. 14 BYU L 71–69  14–6 (3–3)
Viejas Arena (12,414)
San Diego, CA
01/30/2010
3:00pm, The Mtn.
at Colorado State W 64–52  15–6 (4–3)
Moby Arena (3,809)
Fort Collins, CO
02/02/2010
7:00pm, CBSCS
Air Force W 70–48  16–6 (5–3)
Viejas Arena (6,126)
San Diego, CA
02/06/2010
3:00pm, The Mtn.
at No. 15 New Mexico L 88–86 OT 16–7 (5–4)
The Pit (14,586)
Albuquerque, NM
02/10/2010
7:30pm, The Mtn.
Wyoming W 88–57  17–7 (6–4)
Viejas Arena (6,606)
San Diego, CA
02/13/2010
7:00pm, Versus
No. 23 UNLV W 68–58  18–7 (7–4)
Viejas Arena (9,224)
San Diego, CA
02/16/2010
5:00pm, The Mtn.
at TCU W 68–51  19–7 (8–4)
Daniel-Meyer Coliseum (3,615)
Fort Worth, TX
02/20/2010
6:00pm, The Mtn.
Utah W 68–61  20–7 (9–4)
Viejas Arena (10,695)
San Diego, CA
02/24/2010
6:00pm, CBSCS
at No. 13 BYU L 82–68  20–8 (9–5)
Marriott Center (20,124)
Provo, UT
03/03/2010
7:30pm, The Mtn.
Colorado State W 68–55  21–8 (10–5)
Viejas Arena (8,043)
San Diego, CA
03/06/2010
6:00pm, The Mtn.
at Air Force W 61–42  22–8 (11–5)
Clune Arena (3,352)
Colorado Springs, CO
2010 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament
03/11/2010
2:30pm, The Mtn.
vs. Colorado State
Quarterfinals
W 72–71  23–8
Thomas & Mack Center (11,031)
Paradise, NV
03/12/2010
6:00pm, CBSCS
vs. No. 8 New Mexico
Semifinals
W 72–69  24–8
Thomas & Mack Center (NA)
Paradise, NV
03/13/2010
4:00pm, Versus
at UNLV
Finals
W 55–45  25–8
Thomas & Mack Center (12,728)
Paradise, NV
2010 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
03/18/2010*
6:45pm, CBS
vs. No. 15 Tennessee
First round
L 62–59  25–9
Dunkin Donuts Center (10,788)
Providence, RI
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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