Megan Jurado to play for Philippines National Team

Megan Jurado dribbles

Megan Jurado dribbles the ball during the 2012 season. (Stan Lui)

Former San Diego State women’s soccer player and ‘Aztec For Life’ Megan Jurado was selected to the Philippine National Team last week. The Malditas team features 26 women and will compete to qualify for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

The team will spend the next three weeks preparing for the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifiers in Dhaka, Bangladesh, held from May 21-25. Teams will compete for a chance to qualify for the 2014 AFC Women’s Asian Cup, where five teams can then advance to the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada.

Malditas is in Group B in the AFC Women’s Asian Cup qualifier and will face Iran on May 21, Thailand on May 23, and Bangladesh on May 25. The winner of the group will move on to the main draw of the AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The Malditas team is looking to become the first-ever Philippine team to qualify for a Women’s World Cup.

Jurado completed her career this past fall by leading her team to a 21-2-1 record (7-0 MW) and helping it win the Mountain West regular-season and tournament championships. In arguably the best season in school history, the Aztecs advanced to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. Jurado led the team in goals (15), assists (9) and points (39) and was named the MW Offensive Player-of-the-Year and an All-American selection.

Congratulations to Megan!

Is Kawhi Leonard A Star In The Making?

Former San Diego State basketball player and 'Aztec For Life' Kawhi Leonard has emerged as a solid option for fantasy basketball players. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

Former San Diego State basketball player and ‘Aztec For Life’ Kawhi Leonard has emerged as a solid option for fantasy basketball players. (Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE)

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With two regular seasons in the books, former San Diego State standout Kawhi Leonard seems to be right on the cusp of going one of two ways. He could either continue to build on the type of role he currently has with the San Antonio Spurs, or he could explode into a go-to star who can be a consistent #1 or #2 option for a contender. At just 21 years of age, what does the future hold for him?

Coming out of college, Leonard was somewhat of an unknown nationally. The Spurs, who have a knack for finding talent like Leonard, quickly showed they knew what they were doing. He made the rotation as a rookie, and took on an increased role in 2012-2013. This regular season, he started in all but one of his games played, and he averaged over 31 minutes per game.

What fantasy basketball players, and really, the NBA in general, are taking note of is that this season, the Spurs really showed their age. Yes, they appear to be getting healthy just in time for a playoff run, but how much longer can their core play at a high level. Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili seem to be wearing down, which means that Tony Parker will need a new running mate to carry the offense.

At 21 years of age, Leonard appears to have all the tools to make him a special player. He can defend either wing position well, he shoots the ball well inside and outside and he can rebound. Right now, he fits the role perfectly of a nice, complimentary player for a championship contender. Can he be the man though?

It appears as though the Spurs are grooming him to take over a bigger role. He took more three this year, especially from the corners. He also showed more confidence in creatng off the dribble. This is something he was always able to do in an Aztecs uniform, but doing it at the NBA level can be difficult. His biggest adjustment will be creating his own shot on a consistent basis. He is getting a lot of his shots up to this point in the NBA off of penetration by Parker. If he becomes the #2 or even the #1 scoring option for the Spurs in a year or two, he needs to be more confident in creating his own shot.

Daily fantasy sports players already love Leonard for what he brings to the table, but his value could continue to rise as the older Spurs lose their edge. It seems very likely that in two years, the Spurs could consist of a Parker-Leonard combination to get things done on the offensive end. is a fantasy sports website whose mission is to transform the world of fantasy sports with daily games. They are passionate about the huge advantages the daily format has for players: super-charged excitement and competition, massive prizes, fast payouts and unbeatable game selection. They strongly believe these reasons will drive it to be bigger than traditional fantasy sports. What are you waiting for? Check out the website now!

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Nik Embernate signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers

Nik Embernate blocks during the 2011 season. (Ernie Anderson)

Nik Embernate blocks during the 2011 season. (Ernie Anderson)

Former San Diego State offensive lineman and ‘Aztec For Life’ Nik Embernate has been signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound offensive lineman went undrafted, but was quickly signed by the Steelers as an undrafted free agent.

Embernate was a four-year starter for the Aztecs at right guard and will bring his physical, hard-nosed style of play to Pittsburgh to compete for a roster spot. His experience in college will surely bode well for him at the next level, as San Diego State frequently utilized him as a pulling guard in the “power” running play, a play often used in the NFL.

Congratulations to Nik!

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