San Diego State's Jordan Schakel (20) guards the ball against Utah State's Sam Merrill (5). Photo courtesy of SDSU
San Diego State’s Jordan Schakel (20) in a February 2019 game against Utah State. Photo courtesy of SDSU

San Diego State University men’s basketball has become a beneficiary of the exodus from Vanderbilt’s program.

Yanni Wetzell, a New Zealand native with San Diego connections   reports the San Diego Union-Tribune, will play his final season of NCAA eligibility with the Aztecs.

Players have left Vanderbilt in the wake of coach Bryce Drew’s firing, as new coach Jerry Stackhouse arrived to take over the team, reported the Tennessean. The publication also noted that Wetzell had looked at Texas Tech as a transfer possibility.

Yanni Wetzell, a transfer to San Diego State’s men’s basketball program for the 2019-20 season. Photo credit: Vanderbilt University – Athletics.

The situation has led to the departure of other Vanderbilt players, including small forward Matt Ryan, who opted to transfer to Chattangooga.

San Diego State, reports the Union-Tribune, is in a crucial point in its recruitment period, awaiting word from Jaden McDaniels and Mission Bay High guard Rejean “Boogie” Ellis, who asked that his letter of intent at Duke be set aside.

Other possibilities, the paper reported, include Kentucky sophomore transfer Jemarl Baker, who visited campus this weekend, and Cal forward Justice Sueing, a recent visitor.

The San Diego State men’s basketball team finished the 2018-19 season with an  overall record of 21-13. They went 11-7 in the Mountain West conference and finished fourth.

– Staff reports