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Aguek Arop in a 2021 San Diego State win over Fresno State. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

Aguek Arop will return to San Diego State’s basketball program, taking advantage of the NCAA’s offer of an additional year of eligibility due to the pandemic.

Arop called the opportunity to stay with the team, along with continuing his education “two of the main factors in my decision.” He added in last week’s announcement that he was grateful “that San Diego State allowed me to take my time in this decision.”

In his four years as an Aztec, SDSU is 97-29 overall and 55-15 in league games. The team won three Mountain West titles (two regular season and one tournament) and appeared in the NCAA Tournament over that period.

“AG is a ‘program guy’ and does all the things that win ball games, but rarely show up in the box score. When he steps on the court, I know he will give the team everything he has …” coach Brian Dutcher said.

Last season, Arop equaled career bests with 37 field goals and set career marks with 39 offensive rebounds and 25 steals. He has committed one or fewer turnovers in 76 of his career games.

Despite working through multiple physical issues during his time at San Diego State, he returned to action last season to play in 25 games, the most since his freshman campaign.

Among Aztecs with at least 75 field-goal attempts, his .457 field goal percentage ranked third on the team last year. Despite playing just 375 minutes, his 3.3 rebounds per game ranked fourth and his 39 offensive boards placed him at third.

In addition, Arop was the 2016 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior at Omaha South High School.

Arop joins Matt Bradley and Adam Seiko, who earlier this year said they would return.

San Diego State went 23-9 last year. The Aztecs appeared in the championship game of the MW tournament for the fifth consecutive year, but lost in the opening round of the NCAA tournament for the second straight season.

Newcomers next season include Jaedon LaDee, who sat out the 2021-22 campaign due to NCAA transfer rules, Darrion Trammel, a transfer from Seattle University and freshmen Miles Byrd and Elijah Saunders.