NEW YORK – Former San Diego State men’s basketball All-American Xavier Thames was selected by the Toronto Raptors in the second round (59th overall) of the 2014 NBA Draft Thursday night. Moments later, he was traded to the Brooklyn Nets.
Thames is the third Aztec in the last four years to be selected in the NBA Draft. He follows this year’s NBA Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard in 2011 and Jamaal Franklin in 2013.
The Brooklyn Nets finished the 2013-14 season with a 44-38 record. The Nets defeated the Raptors in Game 7, before falling to the NBA finalists, Miami Heat, in Game 5.
At a news conference Thursday, the Nets revealed plans to build a state-of-the-art, $45 million practice facility. The training center will occupy 70,000 square feet with its amenities including: two full basketball courts, a weight room, a training pool and two hydro pools, a rooftop entertainment space, an 18-seat multimedia theater, 3,000 square feet of hospitality/players’ lounge space and a media interview/workroom.
During his senior season, Thames led SDSU in nearly every statistical category, including: points per game (17.6), assists (3.2), steals (1.6), three-point percentage (37.2), free-throw percentage (83.4) and minutes played (31.3). He also pulled down 2.9 rebounds per game and had a shooting percentage of 41.1. He was awarded Mountain West Player of the Year.
Over his Aztec career, Thames helped lead SDSU to two MW championships, three NCAA tournament appearances and a total of 80 wins.
Steve Fisher has now coached 27 NBA draft picks, which includes his time as an assistant coach.
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