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SDSU's Franklin jumps to NBA

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San Diego State junior guard Jamaal Franklin plans to hire an agent and enter the 2013 NBA Draft.

The university confirmed the two-time Associated Press All-American, a highlight-reel dunker, was leaving SDSU after leading the Aztecs in scoring and rebounding the last two years.

Coach Steve Fisher noted to The Sports Xchange in February that emotional maturity might be Franklin's only weakness, albeit one the coach felt had improved.

Franklin's ability to set the tone on the court had NBA scouts beating a path to Viejas Arena at San Diego State. One NBA scout told The Sports Xchange that Franklin possesses the tools to succeed at the next level -- his ability to score, rebound and defend being foremost.

Fisher cites Franklin's work ethic, too.

"The number one thing is his burning desire to succeed," Fisher said. "No one works harder to get better than Jamaal. He watched (San Antonio Spurs forward and former Aztec) Kawhi (Leonard) when he was here. Kawhi worked as hard as any player I've coached. So does Jamaal."

Franklin believes improving his shooting would enhance his chances of playing at a high level in the NBA.

"I need to work on shooting the ball more consistent," he said. "The NBA probably already knows I can score and rebound the ball and defend anywhere from one through the three (positions). But I need to work on shooting the ball consistently."

During Franklin's run with the Aztecs, San Diego State earned three straight NCAA appearances, three NCAA Tournament victories -- the first three in school history -- three consecutive seasons of 23 wins or more, and three Mountain West championships (2011 regular season, 2011 tournament, 2012 regular season).
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