Findlay Prep forward Nathan Mensah verbally committed to San Diego State on Wednesday, giving head coach Brian Dutcher and his staff their third commitment in the 2018 class.
San Diego State and Oregon were the only schools Mensah officially visited, per 24/7sports.
The Aztecs’ 2018 recruiting class also includes two-star guard Jordan Campbell and four-star forward Joel Mensah (no relation).
Nathan and Joel are, however, close friends: The two met growing up in Ghana and playing in the African Youth Basketball Organization, according to Mark Zeigler of the San Diego Union-Tribune.
“It feels great to have Joel there,” Nathan said. “We play well together. We know each other’s strengths and weaknesses. I know where and to get him the ball, and he knows where and how to get me the ball.”
Nathan Mensah’s size and wingspan are particularly intriguing: He is 6’10 with a massive 7’4 wingspan, according to his Draft Express profile. Mensah is projected as a true center right now, which the Aztecs will need after Cal transfer Kameron Rooks graduates after this season.
Because of his physical measurements and his development— Mensah has only been playing basketball for four years — his stock has skyrocketed lately. In the span of 14 months, Mensah went from a two-star recruit fielding offers from the likes of Manhattan, Old Dominion, and Santa Clara, to fielding high-major offers, according to Aztec Hoops Blog.
The main knock on Mensah’s game is his defense. Given the Aztecs’ reputation as a defensive-minded program, however, Mensah should be in good hands. He already has the frame and physique to be a mismatch nightmare, and a few years at a marquee mid-major program like San Diego State should help him reach his potential.
The Aztecs have one scholarship left to offer for the class of 2018, according to their Verbal Commits page.
Here are a few highlights from Mensah’s time on the Nike EYBL circuit: