Jamaal Franklin Named MW Co-Player of the Week
Jan. 14, 2013
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin has been named Mountain West Co-Player of the Week, the league announced Monday morning. Franklin shares his fourth career award with New Mexico's Alex Kirk.
Hailing from Hawthorne, Calif., Franklin earned SDSU's first player-of-the-week award of the season after helping the nationally ranked Aztecs to a 2-0 week and a first-place standing in the MW. The guard averaged team-highs in points (21.5), rebounds (12.5) and blocks (2.0), while ranking second in assists (3.5) and steals (0.5). Shooting wise, Franklin logged the most field goals (13), three-point field goals (7) and free-throws (10) of any Aztec. From the charity stripe he was 10-for-14 for the week.
Against a Fresno State side that had 10 days to prepare for its conference home opener vs. SDSU, Franklin put up a game-high 20 points, a game- and career-high 18 rebounds, five assists and a career-high three blocked shots. In the final 2:27, Franklin broke a tie and sealed the Aztecs' victory by making his final three free-throws. With his final stat line, he became the only player in America with at least 20 points, 18 rebounds, five assists and three blocks. In fact, he was just the third player in the last 10 seasons to accomplish the feat and the first since 2000 to do it for a nationally ranked team. His 20-10 (points-rebounds) double-double was his ninth-such effort in his 68th career game. To put it in perspective, Kawhi Leonard had eight 20-10 performances in 70 games as an Aztec.
In San Diego State's home game vs. Colorado State, Franklin poured in a game-high 23 points, grabbed seven rebounds, and added two assists, one blocked shot and one steal. En route to his 23 points, the junior connected on a career-high five three-pointers and made six of his eight free-throw attempts, while playing 43 (career high) of 45 minutes. His back-to-back 20-point efforts marks the second time he has done it this season and now gives him five 20-point games this year (14 career).