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Photos from the Utah at San Diego State men's basketball game on Jan. 27, 2007.
The all-time leading scorer in school history and Mountain West Conference history, Heath will go down as one of the greatest Aztec players to ever step foot on Montezuma Mesa... He endeared himself to the San Diego community by possessing great athletic ability (honorable mention All-American and Mountain West Conference Player of the Year), unparalleled work ethic in the class room (completed all the requirements for graduation in just three-and-a-half years and was the recipient of the SDSU Academic Initiative Medal) and relentless commitment to community service (received the San Diego State student-athlete community service award)... He predominantly played the two-guard in college although he also played the point guard position... A fierce competitor, Heath's workouts reached legendary status during his time on The Mesa... At the times, the coaching staff would have to send Heath home following practice.
At San Diego State
As A Senior (2006-07 Season)
Named a first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media and a member of the all-MWC tournament team as determined by the media... Selected to the 11-member United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District 9 team... Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 13 first team... Named to the Wooden Award preseason watch list and was a nominee for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award... Earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors three times during his senior campaign (Nov. 13, Dec. 18 and Feb. 26)... Named national player of the week by CollegeInsider.com (Nov. 20), FOXSports.com (Feb. 26) and SportingNews.com (Feb. 26)... Ranked among the top three of the MWC in three categories (scoring, steals and three-point field goals made) and among the top 13 of five categories... He ranked among the top 100 players nationally in points per game, steals , three-point field goals per game and three-point field goal percentage... Once again, Heath produced phenomenal single-season numbers: 1st in minutes played (1,217), 2nd in scoring (637), 4th in field goals (225), 4th in three-point field goals (87), 4th in points-rebounds-assists (884), 5th in steals (64), 8th in scoring average (19.3), 12th in efficiency points (503), 13th in points-rebounds-assists average (26.78), 22nd in assists (120) and 22nd in efficiency average (15.24)... One of two players (Richie Williams) to start all 33 games for the Aztecs in 2006-07... He led the Aztecs in many statistical categories, including scoring (19.3), minutes played (1,217), field goals (225), field goals attempted (534), three-point field goals (87), three-point field goals attempted (247) and efficiency points (503)... Ranked second on the squad in assists (120) and steals (64)... Made 47.0 percent of all San Diego State's three-point field goals (87-of-185)... In fact, Heath had more three-point field goals than the next three highest totals on the team, combined... In 17 road/neutral games, Heath made 55.2 percent of San Diego State's three-point field goals (Heath 54, rest of the team 43)... Played particularly well in Aztecs wins, averaging 20.0 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.0 steals... Posted a 20-11-2 (63.6 percent) hockey plus/minus record of 25-7-1 (meaning SDSU outscored its opponent when Heath was on the court 20 times and was outscored 11 times with two draws)... Played the most minutes in a game a team-high 19 times during the season, including a season-high 44:27 of a possible 45 minutes in an overtime win at New Mexico (Feb. 20)... In 33 games during the season, he recorded 33 double-digit scoring games, 16 20-point games and one 30-point game... He led the Aztecs in scoring a team-high 19 times, in assists 13 times, in efficiency a team-high 10 times, and rebounds five times... Three times he led SDSU in points, rebounds and assists in the same game (twice against nationally-ranked teams; at 13th-ranked Air Force (L, 51-56), at TCU (W, 76-71) and vs. 21st-ranked Brigham Young (W, 86-74))... Recorded the only double-double of his career with 22 points and a career-high 10 rebounds and a team-high six assists in SDSU's win at TCU (Jan. 31)... Named most valuable player of the Shamrock Invitational after leading the Aztecs to a 3-0 record and capping a 27-point effort by lifting SDSU to a win over Murray State with a steal and a half-court shot at the buzzer to give San Diego State an 87-84 in the season-opening game (Nov. 10)... Also made a game-winning three-point shot off the dribble with :05.3 seconds remaining to give the Aztecs a 74-70 victory (Jer'Vaughn Johnson added a free throw for the final margin) in an NIT first-round game at Missouri State... Heath had a game-high 26 points on 11-of-21 shooting from the field against the Bears for the Aztecs' first postseason victory outside the San Diego city limits since March 9, 1957... Opened the season with three consecutive 20-point scoring games as he followed the 27-point game against Murray State with 20-point contests at Saint Mary's (Nov. 11) and vs. Seattle Pacific (Nov. 12) at the Shamrock Invitational... Shot 8-for-10 from the field to score 18 points in just 29 minutes of action in the lopsided win vs. UCSD (Nov. 15)... Tallied 19 points and a season-best seven assists in win over California (Nov. 18), helping the Aztecs snap a seven-game losing streak to Pac-10 schools and a 12-game losing streak to teams from automatic qualifying BCS conferences... Scored 29 points, including 23 in the second half as the Aztecs claimed a four-point win at UC Santa Barbara (Nov. 15)... After scoring five points in the first half vs. San Diego (Nov. 29), he had 16 after intermission in a three-point win over the crosstown rival... Scored a team-high 14 points, accounting for one-quarter of the team total, in front of a home sellout against 14th-ranked Arizona (Dec. 9)... Dished out a season-high seven assists vs. Campbell (Dec. 12)... Scored a game-high 25 points vs. Loyola Marymount (Dec. 16) to become the MWC's all-time scoring leader... Scored a game-high 20 points at Washington St. (Dec. 21)... Moved ahead of Michael Cage to become the Aztecs' all-time leading scorer when he scored 26 points vs. Wyoming (Jan. 3)... Had 13 points and five rebounds at Brigham Young (Jan. 6)... Posted 15 points and team-high six assists in the victory over Colorado State (Jan. 13)... Scored 12 of his team-high 16 points in the second half in the win over New Mexico (Jan. 17)... Team-high 15 points and seven rebounds at 13th-ranked Air Force (Jan. 20)... Scored a game-high 20 points at UNLV (Jan. 23)... Had 14 points and team-high six assists in the win over 15th-ranked Air Force (Feb. 6)... It marked SDSU's first win over a nationally-ranked team since Dec. 8, 2001, and was the highest ranked team the Aztecs had defeated since Feb. 18, 1988... Scored a game-high 16 points and surpassed 2,000 career points in a 15-point win over eventual NCAA Sweet 16 participant UNLV (Feb. 13)... Went for a season-high 30 points and connected on five threes at New Mexico (Feb. 20)... Posted consecutive games with at least 30 points for the first time in his career when he scored 30 vs. 21st-ranked Brigham Young (Feb. 24)... He also added seven rebounds, seven assists and four steals against the Cougars... Tallied 20 points and made five threes vs. CSU at the MWC tourney (March 8)... Contributed 15 points and a game-high tying seven assists in the second-round NIT game at Syracuse (March 19).
As A Junior (2005-06 Season)
Selected as an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press (one of just 62 players to earn AP All-America recognition)... Was the only Mountain West Conference player on the squad and was one of just five players from California schools to be recognized (Arron Afflalo, UCLA; Jordan Farmar, UCLA; Christian Maraker, Pacific and Leon Powe, California)... Named Mountain West Conference Player of the Year as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... He joins Steve Copp, Joel Kramer, Michael Cage and Anthony Watson as the only Aztec players to earn league most valuable player honors in the Division I era and is the first Aztec to win the award since Watson claimed the Western Athletic Conference top honor in 1986... Only Heath and Cage won the awards as juniors... Earned league player of the week honors three times joining Michael Cage and Aerick Sanders as the only Aztecs to win the award on three occasions in one season... A first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media and a member of the all-MWC tournament team as determined by the media... Selected to the 11-member United States Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) District 9 team... Named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) District 13 first team... Heath was one of three players in the nation to rank among the NCAA's top 75 in scoring and top 40 in free throw percentage, three-point field goals made and three point field goal percentage (Duke's J.J. Redick and Bowling Green's Martin Samarco)... Led the Mountain West Conference in three categories and ranked among the top 10 in seven different statistical categories... Became the first Aztec player to lead the league in scoring since Anthony Watson led the WAC in 1985-86... Heath's single-season numbers reenforce the claim that he produced one of the best seasons in school history... School single-season Division I era rankings: 1st in minutes played (1,164), 3rd in scoring (607), 3rd in three-point field goals (98), 4th in free throw percentage (84.9), 5th in scoring average (18.4), 9th in field goals (204), 10th in three-point field goal percentage (40.8), 23rd in assists (114) and 24th in free throws (101)... Started all 33 games for San Diego State, the only player to do so, and ended the campaign with 52 consecutive starts... Led the team in scoring (18.4), games started (33), minutes played (35.3), three-point field goals made (98) and free throw percentage (84.9)... Was second on the team in assists (114), steals (49), free throws attempted (119) and three-point field goal percentage (40.8)... Only player in school history to record more than 600 points and 100 assists in the same season... San Diego State went 16-5 when Heath recorded more assists than turnovers, 13-0 when he pulled down at least four rebounds, 11-3 when he shot 50 percent or better from three-point range, including wins in the last six occurrences, 8-2 when he connected on 50 percent or better from the field and 13-4 when he scored 20 or more points in a game... Ended the season having scored in double figures 25 consecutive games, the fifth longest streak since SDSU started keeping the stat in 1975-76 (seven short of the school record held by Zack Jones)... Went to the line just 14 times in San Diego State's nine losses last season (1.6 FTA per game, compared to 4.4 FTA in SDSU wins)... The Aztecs were 14-1 and won their last 11 games of the season when he attempted four or more free throws in a game... Enjoyed playing on the road last season... In 20 road/neutral games, he averaged 20.0 points, shot 43.7 percent from the field and 42.7 percent from three-point range... It marked the third consecutive season his road/neutral field goal percentage has been higher than the corresponding number in home games and the second consecutive year his scoring average and three-point field goal percentage has been higher in road/neutral games than home games... Made 61 of San Diego State's 123 (49.6 percent) three-point field goals in road/neutral games in 2005-06... Logged the most playing time in 16 of the Aztecs' 33 games, playing 40 minutes or more three times during the season... Led San Diego State in scoring a team-high 17 times, in assists 12 times and in rebounding once... Had a team-best personal hockey plus/minus record of 25-7-1 (77.3 percent) (meaning SDSU outscored its opponent when Heath was on the court 25 times and was outscored seven times with one draw)... Played his best games in SDSU's biggest games of the season... He led the team in scoring in 11 of its 20 road/neutral games, including victories at Utah (21), at UNLV (25), at New Mexico (32), vs. UNLV (22) in the MWC semifinals and vs. Wyoming (22) in the MWC championship game... In the regular season road wins at Utah, UNLV and New Mexico, Heath averaged 26.0 points, 7.0 assists and 3.7 rebounds, while connecting on 17-of-31 three-point field goal attempts (54.8 percent)... Recorded Mountain West Conference junior class records for most points scored (607) and most points in conference games (312)... His 98 three-point field goals made was one short of the league record and the most treys ever by a junior... Won Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors a league-high three times (Jan. 16, Feb. 6 and Feb. 20)... Had a career-best five consecutive 20-point scoring games from Dec. 27 through Jan. 11... In those five games, he scored 111 points (22.2 ppg), and added 16 assists (3.2 apg), 10 steals (2.0 spg), while connecting on 22-of-40 (55.0 percent) three-point field goals in contests at Providence, vs. Loyola Marymount, vs. Colorado State, at Air Force and at Utah... Played 30 or more minutes in each of the final 26 games of the season and in 31 of 33 contests during the campaign (played 29 minutes vs. Southern Mississippi (largest margin of victory during the season) and 27 minutes at California (largest margin of loss during the season))... Became the 21st player in Aztec basketball history to score 1,000 points on Nov. 20 against Southern Miss... At Utah, he scored 21 points and added a season-high eight assists... Had one of his best games at New Mexico where he turned in season highs in points with 32 and field goals with 10. In addition, he connected on a career-best eight three-point field goals against the Lobos... Posted identical numbers of 22 points and a season-high seven rebounds in the semifinal and championship games of the MWC Tournament against UNLV and Wyoming, respectively.
As A Sophomore (2004-05 Season)
A second-team all-Mountain West Conference selection as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... Was the second leading vote-getter among the second team members and the second-leading vote-getter among players returning in 2005-06 (of the six people in front of him, four were seniors and the top pick in the NBA Draft Andrew Bogut of Utah and teammate and classmate Marcus Slaughter)... Finished the season ranked 43rd nationally in steals and 48th in scoring... One of five players and the only underclassman to rank in the top 50 nationally in both scoring and steals... Among sophomores nationally, ranked 9th in scoring (trailing only Bo McCalebb (New Orleans), Daryl Hill (St. John's (NY)), Nick Fazekas (Nevada), Paul Millsap (Louisiana Tech), Andrew Bogut (Utah), Caleb Green (Oral Roberts), Adam Morrison (Gonzaga) and Guillermo Diaz (Miami, Fla.)) and 10th in steals... Ranked among the top nine Mountain West Conference players in six categories: steals (1st), scoring (3rd), assists (4th), free throw percentage (6th), assist/turnover ratio (8th) and three-point field goals (9th)... Logged one of the most successful seasons in San Diego State history... Made an appearance on many of the Aztec single-season lists, including 4th in steals (63), 5th in scoring average (18.3), 5th in field goals attempted (432), 6th in scoring (532), 6th in free throw percentage (82.0), 8th in free throws (132), 11th in three-point field goals (48), 11th in three-point field goals attempted (151), 15th in points-rebounds-assists (740), 15th in points-rebounds-assists per game (25.52), 16th in free throws attempted (161), 18th in minutes played (997), 20th in field goals (176), 23rd in efficiency points (417), 25th in assists (107) and 25th in efficiency points per game (14.38)... His 532 points are the most ever by an Aztec sophomore... His single-season rank among sophomores in the Aztecs' Division I era: 1st in points, 1st in scoring average, 1st in free throw percentage, 1st in steals, 1st in field goals attempted, 2nd in field goals, 2nd in three-point field goals, 2nd in three-point field goals attempted, 3rd in assists, 3rd in points-rebounds-assists, 3rd in points-rebounds-assists average, 3rd in free throws, 3rd in free throws attempted, 3rd in minutes played, 4th in efficiency points, 4th in efficiency point average... A two-time recipient of the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week Honor and joined Utah's Andrew Bogut as the only multiple winners in 2004-05... Became the fifth player in SDSU history to win conference player of the week honors multiple times in the same season (Michael Cage, Anthony Watson, Randy Holcomb and Aerick Sanders) and the only one to do it as as underclassman... Heath became just the fourth underclassman to win the MWC weekly honor multiple times in the six year history of the league (Josh Davis (Wyoming), Marcus Bailey (Wyoming) and Andrew Bogut (Utah))... One of five players to see action in all 29 games last season and has played in all 59 San Diego State games since arriving at SDSU... Started a team-high 28 games... Also led the team in scoring (18.3), assists (107), steals (63), three-point field goals (48), free throw percentage (82.0) and minutes played (997)... First Aztec player since the 1996-97 season (Jason Richey) to lead the team in both scoring and assists and just the fourth SDSU player to accomplish the feat joining Keith Smith (1981-82), Anthony Watson (1985-86) and Richey... Joined Watson as the only SDSU player to lead the team in scoring, assists and steals in the same season... Had more assists in 2004-05 (107) than the next two totals combined (81)... Led the team in scoring a team-high 15 times, in assists a team-high 18 times, and three times in rebounding... Posted a team-high tying 27 double-digit scoring games and posted 12 20+ scoring games... Had seven games with 26 or more points, including a season-high 37 points in SDSU's victory at UNLV (1-15-05)... Coupled with his 30-point performance at Texas Tech the previous season (12-13-03), Heath became just the eighth player in school history to record at least two 30-point games when he scored a Fisher-era best and an SDSU MWC-best 37 points against the Rebels, on 12-of-18 shooting and 12-of-12 from the free throw line... He joined Michael Cage (8), Anthony Watson (7), Kim Goetz (5), Tony Ross (4), Von Jacobsen (3), Carlus Groves (2) and Bob Brady (2) as Aztec players with multiple 30-point scoring games... He became just the fifth player in school history to record a 30-point game in at least two seasons (Cage, Goetz, Jacobsen and Brady)... He is the first Aztec to post two career 30-point efforts in more than a decade (Carlus Groves, 1994)... Showed his explosiveness by scoring 66 points in consecutive games (37 at UNLV (1-15-05) and 29 vs. Wyoming (1-22-05)), the fifth highest total in consecutive games in school history... Recorded a steal in his final 20 games of the season, the longest streak of his career... Connected on 132-of-161 attempts (82.0 percent) from the free throw line and had consecutive made streaks of 21, 15, 13, 11 and 10 during the season... Set a school record by connecting on all 17 free throw attempts against UNLV (2-12-05)... The 17-for-17 performance was the best single-game free throw shooting performance in the NCAAs during the 2004-05 campaign... Owned five streaks of at least 10 consecutive made free throws during the season and ended the year having gone 38 consecutive attempts without missing two straight free throws... Ended the season by making 58 of his last 68 free-throw attempts (85.3 percent)... Produced seven of the top eight scoring games by an Aztec player during the season... Also responsible for the top five assist games by an Aztec player... Ended the season on fire, posting three consecutive 20-plus scoring games for the first time in his career... In his final three contests - at 16th/15th-ranked Utah, vs. Air Force and vs. MWC tournament champion New Mexico, Heath averaged 24.3 points, 4.3 assists, 3.3 rebounds, 2.8 steals and connected on 25-of-49 (51.0 percent) field goals, 10-of-19 (52.6 percent) three-point field goals and 13-of-15 (86.7 percent) free throws... Earned Mountain West Conference Player of the Week honors after averaging 23.0 points, 6.0 assists, 2.5 rebounds and 1.5 steals while connecting on 16-of-25 (64.0 percent) field goals, 7-of-11 (63.6 percent) three-point field goals, 7-of-8 free throws (87.5 percent) in victories over San Diego (12-1-04) and at UC Santa Barbara (12-4-04)... Earned the league honor for the second time after his 37-point performance at UNLV (1-15-05)... Against UNLV, scored a team season-best +33 on the efficiency rating as he had 37 points and five assists on the strength of 12-for-18 shooting from the field, including 1-of-3 from three-point range and 12-of-12 from the free throw line... San Diego State was 6-3 during the season when he reached an efficiency rating of +18 or higher (the Aztecs were 5-15 when he did not).
As A Freshman (2003-04)
An all-conference honorable mention honoree as announced by the league and as voted upon by the coaches and the media... One of only four freshmen among the 29 players that earned recognition by the league, joining teammate Marcus Slaughter, Utah's Andrew Bogut and Colorado State's Dwight Boatner... Enjoyed one of the best freshman campaigns in school history... Ranked among the league leaders in steals (6th), three-point field goals (7th) and in scoring (9th)... Led all league freshmen in all three of those categories... One of five Aztec players to see action in all 30 games and his 26 starts were the fourth highest total on the squad... Led the team in three-point field goals (48) and was second on the squad in scoring (13.8), steals (41), and free throws (77)... Became just the second freshman in San Diego State history to score 400 points in his freshman season (Tony Ross 455 in 1986-87)... His 413 points were the fourth most scored by a freshman under Steve Fisher, surpassed only by Jalen Rose, Chris Webber and Louis Bullock ... Broke the Mountain West Conference record for points scored in a season by a freshman, surpassing the mark of 343 set by Ruben Douglas of New Mexico... Also set league freshman marks for field goals attempted, three-point field goals made, three-point field goals attempted and steals... Although just a freshman, his season numbers rank among the all-time best in the school's Division I era: eighth in three-point field goals attempted (48), 11th in three-point field goals (160), 18th in field goals attempted (368), 29th in scoring (413), 39th in minutes played (897), 41st in scoring average (13.8), 45th in field goals (144), 47th in free throws (77), 48th in free throw percentage (70.0) and 54th in free throws attempted (110)... His freshman numbers rank among the best in school history in nearly every statistical category, including: first in field goal attempted (368), first in free throws (77), second in points (413), second in three-point field goals (48), second in three-point field goals attempted (160), third in minutes played (897), third in scoring average (13.8), third in steals (41), third in free throws attempted (110), fourth in points-rebounds-assists (546), fourth in field goals (144), sixth in free-throw percentage (70.0), sixth in points-rebounds-assists average (18.20), eighth in efficiency points (264), 10th in assists (53), 10th in efficiency average (8.80)... Led the team in scoring nine times and in assists on two occasions... Produced 21 double-digit scoring games, including a team-high tying nine 20-point performances... Produced four of the top six scoring performances by San Diego State players during the season (30 at Texas Tech, 28 vs. Ohio State, 27 at San Diego and 26 at Colorado State)... Had five games with four or more treys, including an SDSU season-best five three-point field goals against Ohio State (11-24-03)... Scored in double figures the first 12 games of his collegiate career and in 18 of his first 19 games... Became only the eighth freshman to earn a start in a season opener under Steve Fisher and started the first 12 games of the season... Started 14 of the final 15 contests of the 2003-04 campaign, with the lone no-start coming when senior Ben Wardrop started on Senior Night against Utah (3-6-04)... Scored 21 and tied a career high with five assists as he played 39 minutes vs. UNLV (1-17-04)... Secured win over Brigham Young (1-12-04) with four points and two steals in the last 1:24... Scored 24 points against Iowa State (1-3-04), including 18 in the second half when he was 6-of-8 from the field, and 4-of-5 from behind the arc... Scored 20 points and posted a career high five assists against Cal Poly (12-18-03), including 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting in the second half... Tallied a career-high 30 points at Texas Tech (12-13-03)... Became just the 26th player in school history to record a 30-point game... Went 10-for-10 from the free-throw line against the Red Raiders... Posted a career high eight rebounds and four assists in victory over UCSD (12-6-03)... Led SDSU with 27 points on 9-of-13 shooting at San Diego (12-3-03), including four-of-five from behind the arc, and scored the last nine points for the Aztecs in the three-point win over the cross-town rival... Scored 28 points vs. Ohio State (11-24-03) as he hit five-of-six from three-point land and 9-of-12 from the charity stripe... Despite being held scoreless in the first 39+ minutes of the Portland (12-31-03) game, he made four crucial free throws in the final 19 seconds to secure the win.