Monday, October 12, 2009

Remember when the San Jose State men's hoops roster was almost a wholly owned subsidiary of junior college basketball transfers, most of those from states other than California?

Check out this transformation:

Anthony Dixon G 6-5 195 Fr. Chicago, IL
Justin Graham G 6-4 195 Jr. Ripon, CA
Chris Jones G 6-4 205 Fr. Newark, CA
Aalim Moor G 6-3 183 Fr. Oakland, CA
Adrian Oliver G 6-4 210 Jr. Modesto, CA
Robert Owens G 6-3 195 Sr. Oakland, CA
Mac Peterson G 6-3 195 Sr. Martinez, CA
Jerelle Wilson G 6-1 200 Sr. San Francisco, CA

Joe Henson C 6-8 245 Fr. Pasadena, CA
Chris Oakes C 6-10 235 Sr. Oakland, CA
Moses Omolade F 6-8 200 Jr. Brooklyn, N.Y.
Kyle Thomas 6-8 225 So. Folsom, CA
Garrett Ton F 6-8 222 So. Torrance, CA
C.J. Webster F 6-9 255 Jr. Missouri City, TX

Just Owens, Peterson and Omolade are community college transfers -- that's the definition of metamorphosis.

Also, with Robert Owens, Mac Peterson and Chris Oakes departing after this season and verbal commitments from 6-foot-1 point Derek Brown and 6-foot-5 Kurt Davis, who can play the one, two and three positions, what position should the final San Jose State commitment play?

Should he be a big (center/power forward)? How about another wing? Maybe the best player available regardless of position?

Here's what could be an important factor -- the class-by-class division or spacing. In the frontcourt, Oakes will be finishing out his Spartan tenure, with Webster and Omolade enjoying one more season after 2009-2010. Thomas checks in as a sophomore and newcomer Henson as a freshman. Our intuition tells us the last open scholarship will go to a 'big' -- that is, unless a can't-pass-over-talent desires to come to San Jose State.

In the backcourt, Owens and Peterson will complete their athletic eligibility after this go-around, with Oliver and Graham enjoying one more season after that. Dixon, Jones and Moor are just starting out and will be among those who form the backbone of the 'next generation' of Spartan basketballers, along with Thomas, Henson, recruits Brown and Davis and ?

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