This new Aztec will be new to San Diego State, but is no stranger to college basketball. Please welcome to the Mesa 6-1 junior guard transfer Malachi Flynn. Flynn spent two years at Washington State before deciding to move on. He had about a dozen schools that were interested in him. Flynn narrowed his final list of schools to San Diego State, Creighton, Gonzaga, Texas A&M, and Baylor before finally deciding to be an Aztec.
Flynn who transferred from Washington State was one of their star players on an underwhelming team that was looking for more talent. In his two years he was one of the best underclassmen guards in the Pac-12. During his freshman season, Flynn averaged 9.7 points, 2.9 assists, 2.9 rebounds and 0.8 steals per game in 33.1 minutes played. His freshman campaign ranked pretty high in WSU single season freshman history. He was second in minutes played with 1,027, fourth in three-point field goals (58) and his 91 assists on the year is the sixth most ever for a Cougar freshman. Also, his 301 points on the year was the ninth best in Washington State freshman history.
In his sophomore year, he vastly improved and showed that he was one of the top guards in the conference. Flynn averaged a career-high 15.8 points, the second most on the team, and also added a team-high 4.3 assists. He led the Cougars with 49 steals (1.9 steals per game), which was also fifth best in the entire NCAA. In addition he made a team-leading 77 three-pointers (seventh in WSU single-season history), and was the most by a Cougar since Klay Thompson set the school record with 98 in 2011.
Even though Flynn has to sit out next season Aztec fans has something to look forward to in the 2019-2020 season. With both Devin Watson and Jeremy Hemsley graduating after this season Flynn will be the man who will replace him. Flynn is very capable of replacing both of them and could potentially be an upgrade. He is a fantastic three-point marksman shooting 36.2% from beyond the arc at Washington State. At the helm of the offense Flynn will run a lot of pick and rolls with big guys like Jalen McDaniels (if he stays), Nolan Narain, and the Mensahs (Nathan, Joel).
I believe that Malachi Flynn will have a fantastic two years with San Diego State. I expect from the start Flynn will be a starter and play about 30-35 minutes per game. His veteran presence to run the offense will be key for the 2019-2020 team. He will have a great supporting cast with players like Matt Mitchell, McDaniels (if he stays), Narain, Jordan Schakel, Adam Seiko and others.