SDSU Aztecs Guard Aqeel Quinn Out As Guard Matt Shrigley Returns


Aqeel Quinn has been the big 3 point shooter coming off the bench for the Aztecs. Once Matt Shrigley returned from a broken arm injury, these two would be lethal on the court together. With Shrigley expected to return Thursday vs. the University of San Diego, the news is out that Quinn will miss 3 weeks with a broken finger.

Quinn felt soreness in his finger after losing to Arizona on Wednesday, November 26. After spending Thanksgiving in Maui, the team returned to San Diego on Friday then Quinn had x-rays on Saturday. He chose to not cast it due to a 4 week recovery time so he opted for surgery with a 3 week recovery time. Quinn will return for the Mountain West conference schedule which starts against Air Force on Wednesday, December 31st.

Quinn has been a monster coming off the bench for the Aztecs. He is 2nd on the team in scoring averaging 9.7 points per game and 3.2 rebounds per game. He has been the 6th man off the bench with his firepower and leadership of the bench unit. When Quinn, Chol, and Zabo come off the bench, you can can trust that this unit will not miss a step.

Shrigley will return from a broken arm he suffered on November 6 in an exhibition vs. Point Loma Nazarene. He is expected to play vs. University of San Diego and will slide into Quinn’s role in the second unit. Shirgley provides a threat from outside the perimiter but also leadership in the back court.

Once Quinn returns to the team, we will see Shrigley getting into a rhythm and Malik Pope healthier. When those pieces fall into place, a second unit of Kevin Zabo, Matt Shrigley, Aqeel Quinn, Angelo Chol, and Malik Pope is lethal as any unit in the country. The team still has forward Zylan Cheatham getting healthier and Dakari Allen to strengthen the back court.

When these Aztecs get 100% healthy, they will be clicking on all cylinders. It will be terrifying to see this unit together and no team in the Mountain West can match them. It won’t be easy but if SDSU can make a run then this might be the most tournament ready team in school history.