Mountain West NCAA SDSU
Malachi Flynn, as he capped the season with 36 points against Nevada Saturday. Photo credit: goaztecs.com

San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn had a very good Monday.

He found himself named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and its Newcomer of the Year. He also became one of five finalists for the Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award.

Flynn, a transfer from Washington State, lead the Aztecs to a 28-1 record, tops among NCAA Division I teams. The 6-foot, 1-inch junior averaged a team-high 17.6 points and 5.1 assists per game

Coach Brian Dutcher also felt the love, as the unanimous choice for conference Coach of the Year.

The lone Aztec to receive first-team honors, Flynn solidified his case Saturday. He scored 36 points against Nevada, which also led to him being named conference Player of the Week.

Junior forward Matt Mitchell made the all-conference second team and senior forward Yanni Wetzel, the third team.

Senior guard KJ Feagin received an honorable mention.

Media members who cover the league on a regular basis voted to determine the honorees.

A national committee of top college basketball personnel set the watch list of 20 players for the Cousy Award in October. The panel narrowed the field to 10 in early February.

Devon Dotson of Kansas, Markus Howard of Marquette, Tre Jones of Duke and Payton Pritchard of Oregon join Flynn as finalists.

The winner will be determined by a combination of fan votes and input from the Basketball Hall of Fame’s selection committee. Fan voting begins March 13.

San Diego State, which remained at No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll, resumes play Thursday as the top seed in the Mountain West conference tournament.

– City News Service and staff reports

Show comments