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San Diego State Junior Jamaal Franklin Will Enter 2013 NBA Draft

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Howard Smith-USA Today Sports

According to a report from CBSSports‘ Jeff Goodman, San Diego State star forward Jamaal Franklin will declare for the 2013 NBA Draft.

Franklin, who stands at 6-foot-5 is a California-native and has all the intangibles to hear his name called in the first round of the NBA Draft. According to many draft experts, Franklin is a late first-early second round selection, but given his athleticism and budding potential, he could move up some boards prior to this June.

Franklin burst onto the scene during the 2011-12 season after barely seeing playing time as a freshman the year before. This past year, Franklin kept up his stellar play and led the Aztecs to a win within the NCAA Tournament. On the year collectively, Franklin averaged 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game. Franklin brings a lot to the table and his ability to show the fact that he could not only score the basketball, but rebound and run the break in transition is what has taken his stock and potential to the next level.

The biggest concern for Franklin’s production at the next level is his ability to hit the outside shot. Franklin shot 28% from 3-point land this past season, but if he can prove that he can consistently knock down the perimeter shot, his stock will surely benefit.

According to, Franklin is projected to be taken with the No. 35 choice in the NBA Draft.

The loss of Franklin hurts the Aztecs’ outlook moving forward to next season, but San Diego State will still have enough talent in 2013-14 to compete within the upper half of the Mountain West Conference.


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NCAA Tournament Profile: San Diego State Aztecs

Record: 26-8

RPI: 26

BPI: 42

Conference: Mountain West Conference

How They Qualified: At-Large Berth

Region: No. 8 in the South


Another year in the Mountain West, and yet another year the San Diego State Aztecs were one of the conference’s top teams (tied for first place with the Boise State Broncos in the regular season conference standings).

The MW hasn’t been getting a whole lot of love this year, but this isn’t San Diego State’s first rodeo — not even close. In fact, most fans probably expect the Aztecs to make the tournament on a yearly basis now.


What You Need to Know:

Leading Scorer: Aqeel Quinn, Winston Shepard (11.1 PPG)

Leading Rebounder: Winston Shepard (5.3 RPG)

Leading Passer: J.J. O’Brien (2.5 APG)

Bad Losses: Fresno State, Washington

Good Wins: Utah, BYU, Pittsburgh, Wyoming (twice), Colorado State (twice)


Needless to say, the Aztecs challenged themselves this season, and got a huge win over Utah. They also played the Arizona Wildcats (only lost by two points) and Cincinnati Bearcats (lost in overtime). Both teams are also part of the field of 68.

Yeah, San Diego State certainly didn’t have an easy non-conference schedule, but that should only benefit it in the dance, a tournament that features an endless amount of talent and a boatload of teams with different playing styles.

The Aztecs made it to the Sweet 16 last season, but that team also had Xavier Thames. The NCAA tournament can be a weird beast, though, so it will be interesting to see if this version of San Diego State can go on a deeper run.

The San Diego State Aztecs are dancing!

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The San Diego State Aztecs will be making yet another appearance in the NCAA tournament.

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