Four-star power forward and San Diego State commit Nolan Narain is set to reclassify to the Class of 2015 and will be on campus for the start of classes this fall. Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Narain’s decision.
But there’s a twist.
Formerly a star at Indiana’s La Lumiere School, about 36 miles west of South Bend, Narain plans to redshirt in 2015-16 and not lose a year of eligibility since the Aztecs’ frontcourt is pretty crowded, what with seniors Skylar Spencer and Angelo Chol already set to receive a bulk of the minutes. He further explained his decision to Zeigler.
“For me it was simple,” Narain said. “If I go back to high school and dominate, I felt I’d be wasting a year of development. If I go to university earlier, I can work toward a Master’s degree. I can also work with the staff, build my body and my game to be ready for 2016, have a feel for the system. I can work with the seniors like Skylar (Spencer) and Angelo (Chol), and learn from them.
“I just felt like I would develop more than staying another year in high school.”
Narain will have plenty of help on the court in 2016, as SDSU forward Malik Pope will be a junior then, as will former Indiana Hoosier Max Hoetzel. Incoming freshman Zylan Cheatham should also help Narain and his teammates make the Aztecs a physical defensive team once again, and not one to be taken lightly on the national scale.
San Diego State has gone 339-185 (143-103 Mountain West) in sixteen years under head coach Steve Fisher and will be looking to make its seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament in 2015-16.
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