Franklin Named AP Honorable Mention All-American
April 1, 2013
SAN DIEGO - San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin has earned Associated Press Honorable Mention All-America accolades for the second straight season. It is the third straight year in which an Aztec has garnered All-America recognition from the AP.
Hailing from Hawthorne, Calif., Franklin led the Aztecs in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals average, making him the only Division I player to lead his team in in all four categories. After helping SDSU to the third round of the NCAA tournament, Franklin completed his junior campaign averaging 17.0 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals.
In 33 games, the all-Mountain West first-team selection scored in double figures 31 times and scored 20 or more points 11 times, including both NCAA tournament games. On the glass, Franklin reached the double-digit plateau 14 times, which helped him amass 13 double-doubles. He finished as the team leader in scoring 22 times, rebounding 25 times and assists on 16 different occasions.
Franklin is the first Aztec since Michael Cage to earn multiple All-America awards from the Associated Press. Cage, the school's all-time second-leading scorer, was an honorable mention pick in 1983 and a second-teamer in 1984. Franklin is also the fourth SDSU men's basketball student-athlete to earn All-America accolades more than once.
Under head coach Steve Fisher's watch, Franklin is the first two-time All-American. In 2006, Brandon Heath an honorable mention choice and Kawhi Leonard preceded Franklin with his second-team award in 2011. At the Mountain West level, Franklin is the second two-time AP All-American in conference history.
The Aztecs are coming off their eighth straight 20-win season and their eighth consecutive postseason appearance where they picked up their third NCAA tournament victory in the last three years.