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San Diego State Aztecs Have Two Players In 2013 NBA Draft That Could Get Drafted

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Nothing is certain, but the San Diego State Aztecs have two players entering the 2013 NBA Draft, who both have a chance to get drafted.

Those two players are none other than Jamaal Franklin and Chase Tapley. Franklin has the chance to be a lottery pick and Tapley could be a steal late in the second round. However, who actually knows when and if these two players will get called in the draft. With that said, Franklin should be a lock for the first round.

On the season, Franklin averaged 17 points per game, 9.5 rebounds per game and 3.3 assists per game. No big deal, considering that he led the team in all three of those statistics.  The 9.5 rebounds per game is amazing for a guy that is only 6’5”, not to mention, a guard. If Franklin can do this at the next level, he could easily be a starter for any team that picks him up. However, he does need to work on his shot. Only making 28 percent of your threes is not going to cut it for a shooting guard in the NBA.

Now onto Tapley. He was the second leading scorer on the team, averaging 13.5 points per game. Tapley was a much more effective shooter, draining 37.6 percent of his threes. Not to mention, he did make 70 threes on the year, which was surprisingly down from his 77 made threes just a season ago.

Although both of these players will be missed at San Diego State, it would be a great achievement for both of them to get drafted in the 2013 NBA Draft and both players have a shot to do so.

 

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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!

Trevor Lowry is a Content Associate at RantSports.com. If you’re a tweeter feel free to follow him @TheTrevorLowry, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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

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