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Sport San Diego State to retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey, the first in school history

08:51  16 january  2020
08:51  16 january  2020 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Kawhi Anthony Leonard (/kəˈwaɪ/, born June 29, 1991) is an American professional basketball player for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA).

Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State player to have his jersey retired when the No. 7 Aztecs honor him Feb. S . Diego State to retire 1st jersey : Kawhi ' s No. 15. He is one of just three players in the program' s 99-year history to average a double-double for his career, with 14.1

San Diego State will officially retire Kawhi Leonard’s jersey next month, making him the first ever Aztecs player to earn that honor, according to the San Diego Union Tribune.

a basketball player with a football ball: Kawhi Leonard's jersey will be the first to ever be retired by San Diego State. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)© Provided by Yahoo! Sports Kawhi Leonard's jersey will be the first to ever be retired by San Diego State. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Leonard played for San Diego State for two seasons from 2009-11, and averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds during that time. He is just the third player in school history to average a career double-double.

While those stats aren’t eye-popping on their own, Leonard led the Aztecs to a dominant 34-3 record during the 2010-11 season and reached the Sweet 16. San Diego State — which started that season on a 20-game win streak — fell in the tournament to Connecticut, which eventually won the national title.

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SAN DIEGO -- Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State player to have his jersey retired when Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to national prominence during his two seasons, including He is one of just three players in the program' s 99-year history to average a double-double for his

SAN DIEGO -- Kawhi Leonard will become the first San Diego State player to have his jersey retired when Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to national prominence during his two seasons, including He is one of just three players in the program' s 99-year history to average a double-double for his

The Aztecs will hang his jersey in the rafters at Viejas Arena on Feb. 1 for their game against Utah State. Leonard is due to take on the Minnesota Timberwolves that afternoon at the Staples Center, but is expected to be at the retirement ceremony at halftime of the game down in San Diego.

“To be the first to have your jersey hung in the arena is an incredible honor, and well deserved by Kawhi,” said coach Brian Dutcher, who was an assistant when Leonard was at SDSU, via the Union Tribune. “I like the fact that it’s for what he did at San Diego State. We all know what he’s done in the NBA, but he came in here and led us to a 34-3 record with maybe the greatest team in Aztecs history.”

Leonard has averaged 26.3 points and 7.4 rebounds so far this season for the Clippers, his ninth in the league and first in Los Angeles. He left San Diego State after his sophomore season and was selected No. 15 overall in the 2011 draft.

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San Antonio Spurs star Kawhi Leonard was the No. 15 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft. But some may wonder why he went to San Diego State . Leonard , who went to high school near San Bernadino and Riverside not too far from Los Angeles, was most interested in playing for the UCLA Bruins.

San Antonio' s Leonard is the most important player in San Diego State history . The First Cut with Kyle Porter. Five years after he left as the greatest player in program history , Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard will be honored by San Diego State with an induction into the school ' s Hall of Fame.

No. 7 San Diego State has yet to drop a single game this season, and is just two games shy of tying the 20-game mark that Leonard helped set in 2011. The Aztecs are now the only remaining undefeated team in the country, too, after No. 4 Auburn fell to Alabama on Wednesday night.

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No. 4 SDSU chasing 20-0 start of Leonard's 2010-11 team .
SAN DIEGO (AP) — As much as the undefeated and fourth-ranked San Diego State Aztecs want to establish their own identity, there’s simply no escaping comparisons with the team Kawhi Leonard helped thrust into national prominence nine seasons ago. That’s a good thing, of course, because Leonard led SDSU to a No. 4 ranking and a 20-0 start, the best in school history, in 2010-11. That team reached the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history before finishing 34-3.On Monday, the Aztecs moved up three spots in The Associated Press Top 25, matching the No. 4 ranking from 2010-11. SDSU (19-0, 8-0 Mountain West) is the nation’s last undefeated Division I team.

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