In the past few years, San Diego State has landed 5 players rated in the Top 100 high school seniors in the nation, beginning with Kawhi Leonard (’09) and including current players Trey Kell and Malik Pope.
But Coach Steve Fisher and his staff will tell you that those recruiting “stars” (3-star, 4-star, etc.) are largely meaningless, that these ratings can be political, clouded by where a kid goes to school, or whether top colleges are recruiting him.
For instance, point guard DJ Gay, the winningest player in school history, was a zero-star recruit. As was Jamaal Franklin, now in camp with the Memphis Grizzlies. Against UCLA, the Aztecs started 3 zero-star recruits.