San Diego State began their summer evaluation period by hosting Adam Seiko, a 6-4 guard from Chatsworth, California. Three days later Seiko decided that he had seen enough and verbally pledged to Steve Fisher and the Aztecs program.
Seiko is a testament of how Fisher and staff value their own evaluations over those by scouts and recruiting analysts. You will not find Seiko’s name on any Top 100 lists, you will not even find him as a three-star prospect. ESPN and Scout have him listed as a two-star prospect, which is usually the entry point for all high school players, while Rivals and 247Sports do not even rank Seiko.
Everywhere he plays, Seiko is not the first or second option and he is okay with that. Seiko worries more about winning rather than personal stats. On the AAU circuit Seiko plays for a Phoenix Phamily team loaded with four and five star players. The team includes five-star, the top player in the 2018 class, Marvin Bagley, four-star Cody Riley, and Arizona State commit Remy Martin.
In high school he plays for Sierra Canyon along with Bagley, Riley, and Nevada signee Devearl Ramsey. Playing with so many great players he is overlooked and forgotten, but San Diego State saw something in him that made them offer.
The Aztecs were in need of a shooting guard and Seiko fills that need. During Seiko’s freshman year at San Diego State he will share the backcourt with Jeremy Hemsley, Devin Watson, and Trey Kell. Hemsley and Watson will be juniors and Kell will be a senior. His freshman year will give him an opportunity to learn from the upperclassmen on the team and prepare for his chance to earn big minutes with Kell gone.
Seiko is a great fit for San Diego State. At 6-foot-4 he has good size for a guard. Also, he is known for being an excellent defender, which you need to be if you want to get playing time at San Diego State. Finally he is a good shooter, with a career shooting percentage of higher than 40% in high school, he can contribute on the offensive end.
San Diego State has three scholarships left and they are not done getting recruits on campus. Their next target is Tyler Bey, who has an unofficial visit set for June 30th. The Aztecs appear to be moving decisively on their recruits and will try to lock them up before the early signing period in November.