Jamaal Franklin to Leave SDSU Early for NBA Draft
April 12, 2013
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin has elected to forgo his senior season, hire an agent and enter the 2013 NBA Draft, which is slated for June 27. The two-time Associated Press All-American leaves SDSU after leading the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding the last two years.
A product of Hawthorne, Calif., Franklin spent three seasons on Montezuma Mesa, helping the Aztecs to three straight NCAA appearances, three NCAA tournament victories, which were the first three in school history, three consecutive seasons of 23 wins or more, and three Mountain West championships (2011 regular season, 2011 tournament, 2012 regular season).
As a freshman, Franklin was on the record-setting 2010-11 team that advanced to the Sweet 16, won the MW championship and completed the season with a 34-3 record. Over the first 21 games of the year, Franklin saw the court just nine times, but earned his way in the rotation and ultimately played in 13 of the final 16 games as the Aztecs were marching toward a deep run in the month of March and a school-record total for wins in a season. He finished with averages of 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.
Franklin exploded onto the scene his sophomore campaign, which saw him become CBS Sports' Most Improved Player. After guiding San Diego State to the Mountain West regular-season title, Franklin was named the 2012 MW Player of the Year, becoming the first Aztec to win the award since 2006, and the first sophomore to be named the league's top player since 2005. The 6-5 guard ultimately guided SDSU to the NCAA tournament and finished with season averages of 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds, which were the second-greatest improvements in Division I that year.
This past season, the junior continued what he started as a sophomore and led the Aztecs in scoring (17.0), rebounding (9.5), assists (3.3) and steals average (1.6), which made him the only Division I player in America to lead his team in all four categories. Franklin, who was an all-Mountain West first-team performer for the second consecutive season, helped the Aztecs secure their third NCAA tournament win in the last three years with the team's 70-55 victory over Oklahoma.
For his 87-game San Diego State career, Franklin started the final 55 games in which he saw action and played in 68 SDSU wins, which is the 11th-most in program history, and averaged 13.6 points and 7.0 rebounds. He finishes his career ranked among the top 20 in school history in points (1,181 - 17th), rebounds (605 - 14th), three-point field goals (100 - 13th), free-throw percentage (.7825 - 10th), blocked shots (51 - T-16th), efficiency points (1,282 - 13th), points-rebounds-assists (1,952 - 10th), and conference wins (28 - 15th).
Accolades wise, Franklin has a number of them, including being a two-time AP All-American, the first at San Diego State since Michael Cage accomplished the feat in 1983 and 1984. Franklin is also a two-time first-team all-Mountain West selection, NABC all-district performer and Basketball Times all-district player, and a member of the 2012 USBWA all-district squad.
Franklin is looking to become the Aztecs' second NBA Draft pick in the last three years, following in the footsteps of former teammate Kawhi Leonard, a 2011 first-round choice.