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Franklin, Tapley Named to NABC All-District Team

Chase Tapley was named to the NABC All-District 17 second-team.
Chase Tapley was named to the NABC All-District 17 second-team.

March 26, 2013

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - San Diego State's Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley were named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) All-District 17 team. Franklin landed on the first team, while Tapley was voted to the second team.

The all-district teams recognize the nation's best men's collegiate student-athletes. Selected and voted on by member coaches of the NABC, Franklin and Taple's appointment makes them two of the best basketball players in America and they are now eligible for the NABC Coaches' Division I All-America teams.

For the second straight season, Franklin finds himself on the first team and becomes the fourth Aztec in Division I history to earn such recognition (Michael Cage, Brandon Heath, Kawhi Leonard). The junior finished the campaign as the SDSU leader in scoring (17.0), rebounding (9.5), assists (3.3), steals (1.6) and free-throws made (180). Nationally, Franklin was the only player to lead his team in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals average.

In 33 games, the all-Mountain West first-team selection scored in double figures 31 times and scored 20 or more points 11 times, including both NCAA tournament games. On the glass, Franklin reached the double-digit plateau 14 times, which helped him amass 13 double-doubles. He finished as the team leader in scoring 22 times, rebounding 25 times and assists on 16 different occasions.

Tapley, meanwhile, was recognized for the second straight year, which makes him the seventh Division I Aztec to earn NABC honors multiple times. The senior guard finished his final campaign averaging 13.5 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.4 steals, while shooting 80.3 percent from the free-throw line. His scoring, assists, steals and free-throw percentage ranked second on the team.

The Sacramento, Calif., product played in 33 games and produced 23 double-figure scoring efforts, including a 17-point performance in his final collegiate game in the third round of the NCAA tournament. Nine times he led the Aztecs in scoring, once in rebounding and 10 times in assists.

The duo helped lead San Diego State to its third-ever win in the NCAA tournament and its third NCAA win in the last three seasons. For the year, the Aztecs finished with a 23-11 record, which marks the school's eighth-straight 20-win campaign. SDSU's postseason appearance, meanwhile, was its eighth in a row as well.