The Toronto Raptors have selected Malachi Flynn with the No. 29 overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft.
The pick is in.- Toronto Raptors (@Raptors) November 19, 2020
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Flynn, a 6-foot-1 point guard from San Diego State University, averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds as a redshirt junior in the 2019-20 season. Through his play, Flynn earned Mountain West Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year honours as well as a consensus Second Team All-American honours.
Per his bio on SDSU's official site, Flynn is "the most decorated player in program history." Flynn is also one of three prospects that were confirmed to have worked out with the Raptors ahead of the 2020 NBA Draft.
So who is Malachi Flynn? Read up on fast facts on the newest Raptor.
Who is Malachi Flynn? Fast facts on the newest member of the Toronto Raptors
Malachi Flynn was born on May 10, 1998, in Tacoma, WA.
After earning numerous Washington state honours during his senior season at Bellarmine Prep in Tacoma, Flynn signed with Washington State University in April 2016, where he spent the first two seasons of his collegiate career.
Following his sophomore year, Flynn elected to transfer to San Diego State University, sitting out the 2018-19 season due to NCAA transfer rules.
As mentioned above, Flynn put together a standout season as a redshirt junior at SDSU, putting forth a more decorated season than other players to come from the program, including the likes of Kawhi Leonard and Jalen McDaniels.
Ahead of the draft, NBA.com Draft expert Eric Fawcett described Flynn as "simply one of the highest IQ players in the draft who can either get a shot off for himself or run an offence and involve his teammates. He'll look totally comfortable as a backup NBA point guard."
While the free-agent decision of Fred VanVleet looms, Flynn stands to become the next heady point guard in the Raptors franchise, as he is in a position to learn from the tutelage of Kyle Lowry and potentially VanVleet as well.
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