Multiple honors flowed Matt Mitchell’s way this week, with a couple going to San Diego State coach Brian Dutcher and Jordan Schakel too.
Mitchell was named an honorable mention All-American by the Associated Press, the 10th Aztec to be recognized with the AP’s designation.
The senior is the second Aztec in as many years to earn All-American status from the AP, joining 2020 second-team honoree Malachi Flynn.
In addition, the National Association of Basketball Coaches announced its all-district honors, and named Mitchell to the first team.
He also was named to the U.S. Basketball Writers Association’s 10-member All-District IX team. The territory covers the states of California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona, and Alaska.
The coaches group also honored SDSU coach Brian Dutcher, naming him the District 17 Coach of the Year for the second season in a row. They placed Schakel, also a senior, on the second team for the district.
Mitchell, one of the Mountain West’s Players of the Year, finished the regular season averaging 15.4 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He shot 43.7% from the floor, 36.1% from long range and 81.5% from the line.
Schakel averaged 14.3 points and 4.4 rebounds a game in the regular season. He led the league in three-point percentage at 46.7% and total three pointers made, at 78. He also was the league’s No. 15 scorer.
San Diego State, a 6-seed in the NCAA Tournament, opens March Madness at approximately 6:40 p.m. Friday against 11-seed Syracuse, in a game to air on KFMB.