James Rahon to Join SDSU Men's Basketball Program
May 7, 2009
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men's basketball head coach Steve Fisher announced Thursday that James Rahon is set to join the Aztec program after signing him to an athletic grant-in-aid agreement. Rahon, who played at Santa Clara in 2008-09 as a true freshman, will be eligible for the 2010-11 campaign. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Rahon must sit out the upcoming 2009-10 season.
"We are very excited that James Rahon will be a San Diego State student-athlete effective this fall," Fisher said. "He is an outstanding student and also a very accomplished basketball player. With his size, ball-handling skills and ability to shoot the ball, he will be a very good addition to our program."
A native of Encinitas, Calif., the 6-4, 195-pound guard earned West Coast Conference All-Freshman Team accolades after averaging 11.3 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 27.0 minutes. Rahon, who finished as the Broncos' third-leading scorer, played in 32 games while making 17 starts, including 15 of the last 16 games that he saw action in.
Rahon completed his first year at the Division I level by connecting on 59 three-point field goals, which broke the old freshman school record for three-pointers made, and eventually finished the season in second place behind a classmate who had 85 threes. Rahon also shot a team-best 40.7 percent from beyond the arc, which ranks second all-time among freshmen in Santa Clara history.
Rahon scored in double figures 18 times and posted a career-high 25 points in consecutive games against Houston Baptist and Loyola Marymount in late January 2009. In those two outings, Rahon was 14-for-24 from the field, including 10-of-15 from behind the arc, and 12-for-14 from the free-throw line. He also had four games with 20 or more points, including a 20-point effort (4-7 3FG) vs. 14th-ranked Gonzaga in the WCC Tournament.
Prior to attending SCU, Rahon played his prep basketball at nearby Torrey Pines High School where he averaged 26.2 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals. Rahon led Torrey Pines to the semifinals of the CIF San Diego Section Division I playoffs during a senior year in which he scored 30 or more points seven times, went for 41 vs. Horizon High and knocked down eight three-pointers vs. Arroyo Valley High. As a junior, Rahon averaged 26.6 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals, while shooting 48.0 percent from the field, for a Torrey Pines team that finished with a 24-7 record. That season, he also scored 30 or more points 11 different times and scored 41 in the state semifinals.
Rahon joins an SDSU program that is fresh off its fourth consecutive 20-plus win campaign and its fourth straight postseason berth. The Aztecs finished the 2008-09 season with a school-record 26 victories and an appearance in the national semifinals of the NIT.