Terrell Gomez’s college playing career is done. Terrell Gomez took to Twitter to announce it was time for the “Next Chapter.”
He confirmed he is turning pro with the East Village Times this morning.
Gomez came to SDSU from Cal State Northridge where he was a prolific scorer. With the Matadors, Gomez was the Big West Conference Freshman of the Year as a true freshman and a two-time first-team All-Big West selection. He averaged over 19 points a game in his final two seasons at CSUN.
For the Aztecs, Gomez never reached those statistical heights but was still third on the team in scoring at 8.6 points per game. After starting 96 games at Northridge, Gomez unselfishly took the role best suited for the team’s success and came off the bench for the first time in his career. He was the first substitute in the non-conference portion of SDSU’s schedule and the beginning of conference play.
Following two losses against Utah State, coach Dutcher and his staff shook up the starting unit by inserting Gomez into the starting lineup. The change did not ignite Gomez’s offensive game – he averaged 8.3 points as a sub and 8.8 points as a starter – but it was the catalyst for the team’s subsequent 14 game winning streak.
Gomez’s insertion into a starting role cemented an up-tempo style which saw the Aztec score more in transition. Throughout the season, Gomez implored the team to increase their pace on offense as a compliment to the terrific defense they played. With Gomez pushing the ball from the opening tip, the identity of the offense changed.
Defense was Gomez’s weakness coming into the season. The up and down style of play at CSUN emphasized the offense over defense. Coming to a school with the opposite emphasis, Gomez grew into a good defender. Throughout the year, SDSU switched ball screens, and despite only standing 5’8” Gomez was only occasionally beaten by bigger players in the post.
His best game for the Aztecs was his 20 point effort in a three-point win over Wyoming in the Quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament. SDSU would not be hanging two banners next season without Terrell’s play that afternoon. Following the game, Gomez spoke about the importance of seizing the opportunity to play in March.
Though Gomez never reached the hoped-for scoring heights at SDSU that his 19 point average at CSUN suggested was possible, he embodied what might be the enduring legacy of the 2020 – 2021 team. He was unselfish. Gomez, instead of expecting his teammates to acclimate to him, molded his game to fit the group.
Whatever the “Next Chapter” is for Gomez’ he will have a legion of supporters from San Diego cheering him on. Embraced by the Aztec faithful, Gomez will be remembered for years to come as a terrific basketball player, teammate, and an Aztec for Life.