Malachi
Flynn
Position: PG
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 185 lbs
School/Club: San Diego State
Status: Junior
Birthday: 05/10/1998

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About Malachi Flynn

Malachi Flynn is a talented all-around guard who emerged as one of the top floor generals in the country for a San Diego State team that did not lose a game until late February.  A lightly regarded prospect at the end of his senior year at Bellarmine Preparatory School (WA), Flynn played his first two seasons at Washington State averaging 15.8 points and 4.3 assists per game as a sophomore. 

Transferring to San Diego State, Flynn sat a year before breaking out as the leader of an Aztecs roster that exceeded expectations to trend towards a one-seed in the NCAA Tournament before stumbling twice late in the year following slow starts.  Averaging 17.6 points and 5.1 assists per game, Flynn captured Consensus All-American 2nd Team and  Mountain West Player of the Year honors.

  • Standing 6-foot-2 with a 185-pound frame and 6-foot-3 wingspan, Flynn has average size, but extremely quick hands and a craftiness that helps him get to spots off the dribble.
     
  • A well-rounded lead guard who  ranked among the most prolific pick and roll players in the country this season, Flynn is a reliable scorer from all-three levels who limits his mistakes.  His tremendous ball handling ability makes him deceptively quick and his ability to rise and fire accurately out of a variety of situations helped him keep the pressure on opposing defenses for a team that thrived under his leadership.
     
  • Flashing excellent instincts defensively, Flynn is a cerebral defender who makes some very pesky plays despite lacking much in the way of size.

Defensive Analysis

  • Playing with good intensity defensively and flashing very quick hands, Flynn held his own guarding on the perimeter and forced an impressive volume of turnovers.  Active in the passing lanes, he showed a very impressive knack for picking the pockets of opposing ball handlers in his single season at San Diego State.
     
  • He may not have great length or strength to effect shooters or defend multiple positions but is a smart on-ball defender who allowed 0.53 points per one-on-one possession [82nd percentile].

Career Highlights

  • Unanimous 2019-20 All-America Second Team selection.
  • 2019-20 Mountain West Player of the Year and All-Mountain West First Team pick by the coaches and media.
  • Finalist for the 2019-20 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year and the Naismith Trophy and Wooden Award for National Player of the Year.
  • Spent his first two years at Washington State. As a sophomore in 2017-18, ranked 11th in the Pac-12 in scoring and eighth in assists.

Junior (2019-20)

  • Averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists, 4.5 rebounds and 1.75 steals in his first season with San Diego State.
  • Led the MWC in assists, steals and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.9 to 1) and ranked third in scoring and free throw percentage (85.7).
  • Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year by the coaches and Newcomer of the Year by the media.
  • Scored a career-high 36 points in regular-season finale at Nevada (Feb. 29).
  • Helped San Diego State finish 30-2 overall and become the only team in the nation with one regular-season loss (28-1).

Strengths

  • Versatile guard with a high basketball IQ.
  • Has advanced scoring instincts and deep range.
  • Creates space and finishes in a variety of ways.
  • Very active and engaged defender.

Personal 

  • Youngest of seven children.
  • Stood 5-2 as a freshman in high school.

Quotable

“He has the ability to score the basketball, but I also think he has an ability to make his teammates better. When you’re playing with a guy that’s capable of scoring and know that he can score the basketball but is just as willing to pass the basketball, then I want to play with that guy.”

- Wyoming coach Allen Edwards