San Diego State guard Malachi Flynn has declared his intention to enter the NBA Draft. Flynn, a redshirt junior, averaged 17.6 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 5.1 assists this past season, leading the Aztecs to a 30-2 season.
Flynn will forego his final year at San Diego State and will stay in the draft. The decision was a difficult one due to not being able to play in March Madness, which Flynn admits could have helped his stock, however it was time to move on. He talked to ESPN's Jonathan Givony about his decision:
"I talked to a lot of people about it, especially my family. My coaches were on board with me going all-in and trying to make a name for myself at the next level, which helped me out a lot. I think I showed teams enough, and it was time to make that step and move forward to the NBA."
Flynn is rated as the #40 player on ESPN's Top 100. He has been pegged as an early to mid second round pick in mock drafts, although there is a chance he could slide into the late first round.
Flynn had quite an impact on the Aztecs, leading them to a record 26-0 to start to the season as well as earning League Player of the Year Honors, Consensus Second Team All-American along with many other awards. In just one year he cemented himself as one of the best players to put on an Aztec jersey.
Moving forward for the Aztecs have prepared for this possibility by picking up CSUN graduate transfer Terrell Gomez, who averaged 19.8 points per game, to pick up the scoring that they lose with Flynn going to the NBA. This also opens up a scholarship for San Diego State to add some front-court depth.