Since declining to redshirt as a freshman, Jamaal Franklin has gone out and attempted to prove all the doubters wrong. After winning MWC player of the year as a sophomore, he returned and was named AP Honorable Mention All-American in addition to being the only player in D1 basketball to lead his team in points (17), rebounding (9.5), assists (3.3) and steals (1.6).
He admitted on Friday that he would be leaving San Diego State without accomplishing all his goals, "I definitely had some goals I wanted to reach this year, and didn't do it. I'm sorry to my teammates, the community and the fans that weren't haters on our team. But at the same time, I can just work on getting another accomplishment on the next level."
Many have questioned whether this is the right move for Jamaal because of the fact that he is not a surefire 1st round pick, thus making his contract non-guaranteed. His response to that was simple, "You've just got to worry about working. I feel I can work really hard and make myself a first-round pick. In the (pre-draft) evaluation, I heard way more people say I'm a first-round pick than second round. There's still a question that I could go second round, but if I do, I'm just going to work on ways to get that contract and the guaranteed money. You've got to crawl before you walk, and right now I'm crawling to get picked in the first round and we'll find out June 27 where I go."
Franklin also mentioned that he has spoken with Kawhi Leonard and Malcolm Thomas about making the decision and knowing that he played against them gave him confidence that his skills are good enough for the NBA level.
Franklin has not yet hired an agent. The 2013 NBA Draft is on Thursday, June 27th.
Franklin talks decision
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