San Diego State earned its first commitment from a transfer as 7-1 center Kameron Rooks announced that he was coming back home. Rooks played his high school ball at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, California, which is a city in the North County region of San Diego County, before committing to California.
He will now graduate from California and then join the San Diego State program. The commitment marks the first for new head coach Brian Dutcher.
I'M GOING HOME! I feel blessed to be carrying on the next leg of my basketball journey at San Diego State University #GoAztecs ⚫️— Kameron Rooks (@KameronRooks) June 2, 2017
Rooks is a graduate transfer, meaning he is eligible to play immediately. He has one year of eligibility left after spending four years at California. In his freshman year in Berkely he played in 26 games with the Golden Bears before his season ended prematurely with a foot injury.
The following year Rooks had to redshirt due to a torn anterior cruciate ligament that he sustained before the season started. He bounced back for his sophomore year and started 10 games at center for the Golden Bears.
Before the start of his junior year Rooks father, former NBA player Sean Rooks, passed away due to heart disease. With a heavy heart Rooks started 10 games, averaging 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds in 17.9 minutes. Rooks collected a season-high nine rebounds against San Diego State.
His season started off great as he was averaging eight points and eight rebounds through his first three games when he got hurt in the fourth game of the season against Wyoming. He missed 10 games after undergoing surgery for his knee.
Now an Aztec, Kameron Rooks will bring an inside presence on the offensive and defensive end that the Aztecs are missing. His ability to rebound and protect the paint will be an upgrade for a San Diego State team that lacked a big body that could fight for boards.
San Diego State still has two scholarships left for this year and is currently hosting UConn transfer Vance Jackson.