SDSU F Matt Mitchell named Mountain West Player of the Week

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The Mountain West named San Diego State Aztecs’ forward Matt Mitchell the Mountain West Player of the Week. This is Mitchell’s first Mountain West Player of the Week award since he began playing at San Diego State in 2017.

In Mitchell’s first two games, he averaged 13 points, three rebounds, two assists, and two steals in SDSU’s wins over the UCLA Bruins and the UC Irvine Anteaters.

Against UCLA, Mitchell scored 15 points with two rebounds, assists, and steals. He also turned the ball over three times and picked up three fouls.

In the blowout win over UC Irvine, Mitchell scored just 11 points but grabbed four rebounds along with two assists and steals.

In the historic 2019-20 season for the Aztecs, Mitchell averaged 12.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.7 assists per game. With some important players from that team gone, Mitchell is expected to increase minutes and production.

In large part from Mitchell’s performance, the Aztecs are 2-0 to start the 2020-21 season. In the latest AP Poll released Monday, the Aztecs received votes but are not ranked in the top 25. In terms of points, the AP Poll ranks the Aztecs as the 27th best team in the nation with 86 points.

The Aztecs were supposed to begin Mountain West Conference play this week with two games against the Colorado State Rams. Those two games were canceled due to COVID-19 issues with the Colorado State program.

Instead, the Aztecs will host Saint Katherine on Wednesday and San Diego Christian on Friday. Both games will tip-off at 6 p.m. at Viejas Arena.

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Dominic is currently a Junior at Arizona State University's Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, studying Sports Journalism. He also hosts the "Devils Talking Padres" podcast and is the producer and co-host of the "Padres EVT Podcast.

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