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SDSU welcomes two more transfers, including former Player of the Year at Coronado High

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San Diego State has added two more transfers, including a Coronado High School graduate who last played hoops for the University of San Diego.

Grants-in-Aid signed Wayne McKinney III, a guard who averaged 13.5 points per game for USD last season, and Middle Tennessee State’s Jared Coleman-Jones to join SDSU in 2024-25.

Head coach Brian Dutcher called McKinney a “playmaker” that “SDSU needed with the loss of Lamont Butler and Darrion Trammell.

During McKinney’s career with the Toreros, he averaged 9.2 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 26.6 minutes per game.

“Wayne came to San Diego State to win at the highest level,” Dutcher said. “He is very productive on the offensive end of the court and plays the type of defense that is greatly appreciated by our coaching staff.”

Last year, he had his most productive college season as a second-team All-West Coast Conference (WCC) performer. He started in each of his 32 appearances and led the team in minutes (962), assists (93) and steals (43), each with career-highs in points.

He played at Coronado High in 2019-20 and 2020-21. As a senior, McKinney was named California’s first-team CIF San Diego Section and Division IV Player of the Year by after leading the Islanders to a 24-5 record, including 8-0 in league play.

Dutcher, meanwhile, described Coleman-Jones, a 6-10 forward, as “in the tradition of the versatile big that Aztec fans are used to seeing.”

“He brings the renewed presence we needed in this year’s recruiting class,” Dutcher added.

In four years of college basketball, first in 2019-20 at Northwestern and the last three at Middle Tennessee State, Coleman-Jones has averaged 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 16.1 minutes per game.

He blossomed last season, increasing those numbers to 11 points, 7.6 rebounds and 2.3 assists while averaging 28.1 minutes per game. The Jacksonville, Florida, native was honored as a third-team All-Conference USA performer at the end of the season after starting in each of the team’s 33 games.

As a senior at McEachern High School in Powder Springs, Georgia, his team posted a 32-0 record, won the 7A state championship and finished the season ranked No. 2 in the country according to MaxPreps.

Both McKinney and Coleman-Jones have one season of eligibility remaining.