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Xavier Thames 2014 AP Honorable Mention All-American

SDSU's senior point guard receives national recognition

USA TODAY Sports

San Diego State's senior point guard Xavier Thames was recognized by the Associated Press as an Honorable Mention All-American for 2014. This is Thames first All-American award and the fourth in four years for San Diego State's men's basketball program.

Kawhi Leonard, now with the San Antonio Spurs, was a Second Team All-American in 2011. Jamaal Franklin, now with the Memphis Grizzlies, was an Honorable Mention All-American in 2012 and 2013.

Thames is the Mountain West Player of the Year and led the Aztecs to a 31-5 season, after initially being picked to come in fourth place in the Mountain West. The 31 victories is second in program history. He led the Aztecs in scoring, assists and steals. He scored in double digits 31 times and scored 20 points or more in 12 games, including all three of San Diego State's NCAA tournament games.

Earlier in the season, Thames was recognized as the Most Outstanding Player of the Wooden Legacy tournament. He led the Aztecs to victories over two ranked teams, Creighton and Marquette, which put the Aztecs in the national spotlight an into the AP Top 25.

The fifth-year senior emerged out of the shadow of last year's stars Chase Tapley and Jamaal Franklin and was one of the most improved players nationally in his final season with the Aztecs.