Jamaal Franklin Named AP All-American
March 27, 2012
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State men's basketball sophomore guard Jamaal Franklin was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, the organization announced Monday. Franklin is the 14th All-American in school history, fifth in the Division I era, third during the Steve Fisher era and second in as many seasons.
Franklin, who is the sixth Aztec in program history to earn All-America honors from the AP, joins Brandon Heath (2006) and Kawhi Leonard (2011) as the only SDSU student-athletes to be voted an Associated Press All-American during Fisher's 13-year tenure on Montezuma Mesa. Prior to Heath in 2006, San Diego State's last AP All-American was Michael Cage, who was a second-team pick in 1984.
Hailing from Hawthorne, Calif., Franklin led the No. 22/23 Aztecs in scoring and rebounding after averaging 17.4 points and 7.9 rebounds in his first season as a starter. The Mountain West Player of the Year also averaged 1.5 assists and shot 80.0 percent from the free-throw line, while compiling 12 double-doubles, 29 double-figure scoring games and nine games with at least 20 points, which includes three 30-point performances.
In addition to being named the league's player of the year for the MW regular-season co-champions, Franklin landed on the all-Mountain West first team and MW all-tournament squad, and was an NABC and USBWA all-district selection. The sophomore was also named the nation's most improved player by CBSSports.com after averaging 2.9 points and 1.9 rebounds in 8.1 minutes as a freshman a year ago.
Franklin was one of two student-athletes from the Mountain West to collect AP All-America honors. UNLV's Mike Moser was also an honorable mention choice.
San Diego State completed a 2011-12 campaign that saw it finish with a 26-8 record and advance to the NCAA Tournament for a school-record third consecutive season. The 26 victories are tied for the second-most in program history and marks the third straight year in which SDSU has won at least 25 games. The Aztecs' seventh consecutive postseason invitation is also a school record as is their current streak of seven straight seasons with at least 20 victories.
San Diego State Associated Press All-Americans
1967 Al Skalecky Honorable Mention 1983 Michael Cage Honorable Mention 1984 Michael Cage Second Team 2006 Brandon Heath Honorable Mention 2011 Kawhi Leonard Second Team 2012 Jamaal Franklin Honorable Mention