Busting Brackets

NCAA Basketball: 5 bounce-back teams, 5 teams with question marks entering 2024-25 season

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Team with question marks No. 2: San Diego State Aztecs

A national championship appearance in 2023. A .753 overall win percentage. Seven straight 20+ win seasons. And to think we thought the San Diego State Aztecs would take a step back post-Steve Fisher under Brian Dutcher?

However, the Aztecs, who seemingly always find themselves near the top of the Mountain West Conference, will enter the 2024-25 season with more questions than answers.

According to BartTorvik’s 2024-25 preseason projections, San Diego State is set to return only 25.1% of their minutes from a team that finished 26-11 (11-7) and made the Sweet 16. Amongst the departees includes their leading scorer Jaedon LeDee, who averaged over 20 PPG last season, Darrion Trammell,

Lamont Butler (Kentucky) and Micah Parrish (Ohio State). That’s a substantial blow.

The Aztecs should still find themselves competitive in the MWC, retooling their backcourt in Nick Boyd (Florida Atlantic) and Wayne McKinney III (San Diego) with Reese Waters in the mix, too. However, their frontcourt is unproven, and the Aztecs will have to find a way to carve out their identity once again as one of college basketball’s top defensive teams.