San Diego State had a problem. After next season the Aztecs were going to lose their backcourt in Devin Watson and Jeremy Hemsley. They needed a player that could step in immediately and be the scorer. The leader. A floor general that would be lethal with the ball in his hand.
The Aztecs found that player and on May 7th, Washington State transfer Malachi Flynn verbally committed to the Aztecs, choosing them over Creighton. When Flynn committed to the Aztecs we teamed up with Aztec Breakdown and broke down on why Flynn was such a huge pickup. Plus our own eyes did not deceive us; we saw what he was capable of as he put it on the Aztecs in the Wooden Legacy Final.
It has been reported that Flynn was extremely thorough in his decision-making process. He knew everything about the schools that he was considering and decided that his future was best on the Mesa. We asked Malachi to delve a bit into his decision-making and tell us why he chose San Diego State.
“I really felt comfortable with the coaching staff and I felt like I could trust what they were telling me. I believe they will put me in positions for myself and the team to be successful. I didn't think they were selling any lies and the winning tradition they have was very appealing. They've been to the NCAA tournament seven of the last nine years and at the end of the day winning is what matters.”
We are glad that Flynn decided to join the Aztecs. Now the difficult part awaits Flynn and Aztec fans, the wait for him to see the court. I liken it to getting a new toy and then having to patiently wait for a year to play with it. San Diego State fans would love nothing more than to have Flynn eligible to play next season, unfortunately that is not an option; rather the Aztec community needs to wait. The year off give Flynn the opportunity to work on his game. He mentioned some specific aspects that he will be focusing on this upcoming year.
“During my off year I want to continue to work on my game in every facet there is. But one of the main things I want to work on is to get physically stronger. Not necessarily just putting on a bunch of weight but I want to get stronger and become a better athlete than I am now.”
When he does get on the court Flynn plans on being a difference maker. We know what he is capable of and expect him to lead the Aztecs on their upward trajectory. Even though it is a year away his work is leading him to a couple of lofty goals for both the team and himself.
“My goals for the team are to get to another NCAA tournament. I haven't come close to being in the tournament so far in my career so I'm excited that I know there is a good chance that it could happen the next year I play. My goal is to also make a run in the tournament. Personally, my main goals is to continue to grow as a leader for the team. I've been one of the leaders on past teams so I just want to continue to get better at it. I will be an upperclassman so I know I will need to take on that role for the team. Another goal for me personally is that a year from now when I'm actually playing I want people to easily see that I've become a better player from the work I plan to put in during the off season.”