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    NEWSLETTERS

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    A lot of marquis programs are looking up at the Aztecs in 2012. (Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images)

    This was sent to us media-types on Friday, October 26, which is two weeks before the Aztecs men's basketball team opens its season against Syracuse in the Battle On The Midway. Take a look at the LENGTHY list of accolades San Diego State has already received (Thanks to the SDSU Athletics and Media Relations Departments for the list).

    National Rankings


    No. 8 – Adam Zagoria, Sheridan Hoops, (Sept. 21, 2012)
    No. 8 – Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (May 3, 2012)
    No. 9 – Jon Wilner – top-25 voter, San Jose Mercury News (April 3, 2012)
    No. 10 – Marlen Garcia, USA Today (April 3, 2012)
    No. 11 – Rob Dauster, CollegeBasketballTalk.NBCSports.com (Oct. 19, 2012)
    No. 13 – Matt Norlander, CBSSports.com (Oct. 24, 2012)
    No. 13 – Mike Huguenin, Yahoo! Sports (April 4, 2012)
    No. 14 – John Akers, Basketball Times (May 2012)
    No. 15 – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    No. 15 – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    No. 16 – Andy Katz, ESPN.com (April 24, 2012)
    No. 16 – Dick Vitale, ESPN.com (Oct. 8, 2012)
    No. 18 – Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (April 4, 2012)
    No. 19 – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    No. 20 – AP Preseason Top 25
    No. 20 – USA Today Coaches’ Preseason Top 25
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    Field of 68, Mountain West’s automatic bid, reaching Sweet 16 – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    No. 4 seed, NCAA Tournament West Region, reaching Elite 8 – USA Today College Basketball Special Edition
    No. 4 seed, NCAA Tournament East Region, reaching Sweet 16 – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    No. 4 seed, NCAA Tournament West Region – ESPN.com Bracketology (April 16, 2012)
    No. 5 seed, NCAA Tournament – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    No. 2 among western schools – Ryan Greene, Yahoo! Sports (April 25, 2012)
    Top 15 Backcourts (No. 3) – NBCSports.com (Oct. 24, 2012)
    No. 24 recruiting class – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    No. 24 recruiting class – Rivals.com (April 13, 2012)
    No. 1 Mountain West standings – MW Preseason Media Poll
    No. 1 Mountain West standings – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    No. 1 Mountain West standings – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    No. 2 Mountain West standings – USA Today College Basketball Special Edition
    No. 2 Mountain West standings – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    No. 2 Mountain West standings – Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)
    No. 2 Mountain West standings – Jeff Borzello, CBSSports.com (June 1, 2012)
    The Dangerous Outsiders (One of Four) – Shane Ryan, Grantland (Oct. 23, 2012)

    Individual Honors

    Jamaal Franklin
    All-America Second Team – Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (Oct. 8, 2012)
    All-America Third Team – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    All-America Third Team – Sporting News.com
    All-America Third Team – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    All-Solid Gold Second Team – Dick Vitale, ESPN.com (Oct. 15, 2012)
    Top-100 Players (No. 11) – Jeff Goodman, Gary Parrish, CBSSports.com (Oct. 8, 2012)
    Top-10 National Scorer (No. 2) – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    Top-50 Wings (No. 3) – CBSSports.com (Oct. 24, 2012)
    Top-25 National Small Forward (No. 4) – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    Mountain West Player of the Year – MW Preseason Media Poll
    Mountain West Player of the Year – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    Mountain West Player of the Year – Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)
    Mountain West Player of the Year – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    All-Mountain West first team - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)
    All-Mountain West first team – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    All-Mountain West team – MW Preseason Media Poll
    All-Mountain West team – USA Today College Basketball Special Edition
    All-Mountain West team – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    All-Mountain West team – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    All-Mountain West team – Jeff Borzello, CBSSports.com (June 1, 2012)
    MW’s Best NBA Prospect – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    MW’s Top Playmaker – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    MW’s Most Entertaining – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    One of 10 top players from “non-BCS” conferences – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball

    Chase Tapley
    Top-10 National Shooter (No. 9) – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    All-Mountain West team – MW Preseason Media Poll
    All-Mountain West team – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    All-Mountain West second team – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    MW’s Best Shooter – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    MW’s Top Shooter – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    SDSU’s Most Important Player – Andy Katz, ESPN.com (July 18, 2012)

    JJ O’Brien
    CBSSports.com Top 25 Impact Transfer (No. 25) – Jeff Goodman, CBSSports.com (Oct. 25, 2012)
    MW’s Ten That Have Waited and Will Have an Instant Impact (No. 6) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)
    One of 40 Key Transfers – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    Notable Transfers – Dana O’Neil, ESPN.com (April 23, 2012)

    Dwayne Polee II
    Mountain West Co-Newcomer of the Year – MW Preseason Media Poll
    MW’sTen That Have Waited and Will Have an Instant Impact (No. 5) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)

    Winston Shepard
    CBSSports.com Top 30 Freshmen (No. 27) – Jeff Borzello, CBSSports.com (Oct. 25, 2012)
    No. 31 ranked freshman on top-100 list – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball
    No. 32 ranked freshman on top-100 list – Athlon Sports College Basketball Preview
    No. 2 newcomer outside the ‘big 6’ conferences – Mike Huguenin, Yahoo! Sports (May 22, 2012)
    MW’s Best Freshman – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    MW’s Top Five Freshmen to Watch – Andy Katz, ESPN.com (July 18, 2012)
    MW’s Ten Impact Freshmen (No. 7) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)
    SDSU’s Top Newcomer – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball

    Skylar Spencer
    MW’s Top Five Freshmen to Watch – Andy Katz, ESPN.com (July 18, 2012)
    MW’s Ten Impact Freshmen (No. 8) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)

    Matt Shrigley
    MW’s “Will take you by surprise” player – Lindy’s Sports College Basketball

    James Johnson
    MW’s Ten That Have Waited and Will Have an Instant Impact (No. 7) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)

    DeShawn Stephens
    MW’s Ten Breakout Players (No. 7) - Jon Rothstein, CBS Sports Network (Oct. 1, 2012)

    Steve Fisher
    MW’s Best Coach – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)
    MW’s Best Recruiter – Sporting News Magazine (October 2012)