Guard Jordan Schakel of San Diego State’s 2019-20 basketball team. A preseason publication predicts the team will finish second in the conference. Photo credit:

Street & Smith’s 2019-20 Basketball Yearbook this week focused on two San Diego State players, while also projecting that the Aztecs would finish second in the Mountain West conference.

According to the publication, the team will be one of three teams most likely to contend for the Mountain West title and the conference’s automatic bid to the 2020 NCAA Tournament.

Experts singled out Malachi Flynn, a redshirt junior from Washington State, as a probable first-team Mountain West player and a member of the All-Newcomer Team.

In his last year at Washington State, Flynn averaged 15.8 points, 4.3 assists, 3.4 rebounds and 1.9 steals. Based on those numbers, he would enter the season ranked first in steals and third in scoring among returning conference players.

Street & Smith placed KJ Feagin with Flynn on the conference’s All-Newcomer Team. Feagin graduated from Santa Clara last spring and has one year of eligibility left.

In 2017-18, he averaged 17.5 points, 4.0 assists and 2.1 rebounds. Among Mountain West returning players, those numbers would rank second in scoring and assists.

Entering this season, ESPN and STADIUM rated him as the No. 2 point guard among transfers who can immediately play.

Lindy’s Sports College Basketball’s preview issue also spotlighted Flynn and Feagin. Their experts named Flynn the second-best player in America to have sat out last season due to NCAA transfer rules and Feagin as the conference’s Newcomer of the Year.

San Diego State will take the court for this year’s only exhibition game Oct. 30, against UC San Diego. The Aztecs’  regular season opener is set for Nov. 5 at home against Texas Southern.

– Staff reports

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