Jamaal Franklin Named Nation's Most Improved Player

March 13, 2012

SAN DIEGO - San Diego State sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin has been named the nation's Most Improved Player by CBSSports.com.

The Hawthorne, Calif., native is averaging 17.2 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.5 assists for the back-to-back Mountain West regular-season champions. Franklin is also shooting 79.3 percent from the free-throw line and has registered 12 double-doubles, all of which have come in his last 19 outings.

Franklin, who has reached double figures in scoring 28 times this season, earned 2012 Mountain West Player of the Year honors and was selected to the all-MW first team and MW all-tournament team.

A season ago as a true freshman, the 6-5 wing played in just 22 games and averaged 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes.

Franklin has helped the No. 22/23 Aztecs to a 26-7 record, which is their fourth straight season with at least 25 victories, and a No. 6 seed in this week's NCAA Tournament. The NCAA appearance is San Diego State's third in a row and seventh consecutive postseason berth overall.