Malachi Flynn Joins SDSU Men’s Basketball Program
May 14, 2018
SAN DIEGO - Malachi Flynn has signed an Offer-of-Aid making him the newest member of the San Diego State men’s basketball program, head coach Brian Dutcher announced today. The 6-1, 170-pound guard spent his first two seasons at Washington State, will sit out the 2018-19 campaign per NCAA transfer rules and be a junior eligibility-wise in 2019-20.
“I told Malachi when I recruited him, ‘We couldn’t stop you last season (at the Wooden Legacy), so when we learned you were transferring, I told our staff we had to recruit you,’” Dutcher said. “Malachi had 24 (points) on us and we all know how good he is. He was one of the top guards in the Pac-12 and we’re fortunate to have him joining us and being an important part of the Aztec program.”
Hailing from Tacoma, Washington, Flynn enjoyed a career year as a sophomore in 2017-18, averaging 15.8 points, 3.4 rebounds and a team-high 4.3 assists in 33.4 minutes. The guard started 30 of 31 games and reached double figures in scoring 22 times, including nine instances with at least 20 points. He had a career-high 30 points vs. Colorado in February and posted his lone double-double of his career vs. Arizona (11 points, career-high 11 assists).
Flynn made 77 three-pointers in 2017-18, which were 28 more than SDSU team leaders Matt Mitchell and Devin Watson. His 77 treys, in fact, were tied for the seventh most in WSU single-season history and were the most in program history by a Cougar sophomore.
The 2018 Pac-12 all-academic second-team selection was one of six sophomores nationally, and the only one on the west coast, to average at least 15 points, four assists and three rebounds, and make at least 75 three-point field goals.
In his first season in Pullman, Flynn started all 31 games, averaging 9.7 points, 2.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists in 33.1 minutes. He finished the 2016-17 campaign with 14 double-digit scoring efforts and ranked fourth on WSU’s freshman list in three-pointers (58), sixth in total assists (91) and assist average, seventh in three-point field-goal percentage (.387) and ninth in scoring. Flynn also played 1,027 minutes, ranking second only to Klay Thompson in minutes logged by a Cougar freshman.
Over two seasons at Washington State, Flynn averaged 12.8 points, 3.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists, while shooting 40.6 percent from the floor, 35.7 percent from three and 81.0 percent from the charity stripe.
Prior to arriving at WSU, Flynn played at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma where he was named the Washington state player of the year for all classifications as a senior by the Associated Press. He also collected AP State 4A player-of-the-year honors and first-team all-state recognition. Flynn graduated as the school’s all-time second-leading scorer with 1,625 points, while ranking second in career steals.
This past year, the Aztecs made their seventh NCAA tournament appearance in the last nine years and earned their 12th postseason berth in the last 13 seasons. SDSU finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 22-11 record and won the Mountain West tournament crown, its conference-leading 11th league championship.
SDSU won nine of its final 10 games of the campaign and is expected to return starters Jalen McDaniels, Matt Mitchell and Devin Watson, as well as significant contributors Jeremy Hemsley, Jordan Schakel and Nolan Narain for the 2018-19 campaign.