Nathan Mensah, the reigning Mountain West Defensive Participant of the Yr, has introduced that he’ll return to San Diego State for the upcoming yr.
He joins Aztecs Aguek Arop, Matt Bradley and Adam Seiko in accepting the NCAA’s provide of an extra yr of eligibility because of the coronavirus pandemic. Those that take the provide have been dubbed “tremendous seniors.”
“I’ve explored my choices and after session with many individuals, my advisors, household, NBA scouts, normal managers and others, I’ve determined that to attain my objectives, the most effective factor for me is to return to San Diego State for another yr,” Mensah mentioned.
Head coach Brian Dutcher mentioned it’s in “everybody’s greatest curiosity, particularly Nathan’s, to compete another yr with the Aztecs.”
“We’re very completely happy that Nathan has determined to come back again for his bonus yr,” Dutcher mentioned.
Mensah obtained the defensive honor from each convention coaches and media who commonly cowl the league. As well as, the native of Accra, Ghana earned inclusion on the MW all-defensive workforce and the 2022 All-Event Staff.
His 2.2 blocked photographs per sport led the convention final yr. In 32 video games, he rejected 71 photographs, which ranks because the sixth most in an Aztec season because the statistic was first compiled within the 1978-79 marketing campaign. His 171 profession blocks are the third most in SDSU historical past.
Mensah is certainly one of 4 gamers since 1999 to compile no less than 700 factors, 600 rebounds and 100 blocks. The 6-10 heart will start the upcoming season with 732 factors, 667 rebounds and 171 blocks in his profession.
Mensah has earned his undergraduate diploma in enterprise with an emphasis on advertising. He pursue a grasp’s diploma in advertising subsequent yr.
The Aztecs went 23-9 final yr and appeared within the championship sport of the MW event for the fifth consecutive yr. They competed within the NCAA event for the second straight season, however misplaced of their opening sport every time.