College basketball isn’t going to be so bad in San Diego this season.
San Diego State has its most balanced team in years. The University of San Diego is only going to get better under the great coaching of first-year mentor Bill Grier, a former assistant at West Coast Conference powerhouse Gonzaga.
Both San Diego teams are young, which is another remedy for future improvement. The Aztecs have only one senior; USD has none.
Lorrenzo Wade leads an SDSU team that is 5-0 and is 8-9 players deep in able contributors.
The Toreros (2-2) do not have any seniors. Junior center Gyno Pomare has two straight double-double games against Nevada Las Vegas and SDSU.
USD hosts the WCC postseason tournament each of the next two seasons. Don’t be surprised if the Toreros win that tournament by next year.
Coach Steve Fisher has brought the Aztecs from horrible to mediocre during his tenure on Montezuma Mesa. His team is likely looking at another NIT-type season, which is about as high as Fisher appears capable of taking this team.
But in the long run, at least local college basketball fans shouldn’t be too disappointed this season.