According to multiple sources, ESPNU 100 small forward Winston Shepard (Fresno, Texas/Findlay College Prep) ended his recruitment on Thursday with a verbal pledge to San Diego State. Shepard has confirmed the news via his Twitter account.
The 6-foot-8 forward chose the Aztecs over New Mexico, UTEP, Oklahoma State and UNLV. He joins shooting guard Matt Shrigley (Encinitas, Calif./La Costa Canyon H.S.) and power forward Skylar Spencer (Los Angeles/Price H.S.) in head coach Steve Fisher's incoming class.
ESPN.com's National Recruiting Director Paul Biancardi weighed in on Shepard's decision.
"It's a huge commitment for San Diego State. He's had a phenomenal senior year and his offer list continued to grow with high major's like Texas, UConn and St. John's getting involved," Biancardi said. "For Steve Fisher to land him is very impressive."
Biancardi noted Shepard's defensive presence can not be undervalued. "He's a legit 6'8 with long arms and a good bounce to him. He's shut down some of the top players in the country for Findlay, including Simeon's Jabari Parker and Bishop Gorman's Shabazz Muhammad. He's big enough to stay with guys like Parker on the inside and quick enough to hound Muhammad-types on the perimeter. He's also an excellent rebounder and can get to the line on drives to the hoop.
"I can see him developing into a Kawhi Leonard-type of hybrid forward who brings a lot of versatility to the Aztecs."