The Beast of the Week: Xavier Thames

Xavier Thames scored a career high 31 points to lead the San Diego State Aztecs to an overtime win on the road against Utah State. Thames had 15 points in the Aztecs’ other game last week at San Jose State.

Thames is a fifth year senior who went to Washington State for a year before transferring to SDSU. Thames was the 106th best high school player in the country according to rivals.com. They also ranked him as the 18th best point guard. At Washington St. he played with Klay Thompson who is now with the Golden State Warriors. He had to sit out the 2010-2011 year because he transferred to SDSU. That was the big year when they went 34-3. It’s too bad he couldn’t have played for that team but he is making up for that now.

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Thames and the Aztecs started the season unranked and are now ranked fifth in the country. They are 18-1, the lone loss being against Arizona who is currently the top team in the country. This week SDSU hosts Colorado State and as long as they win they should stay around fifth. Thames is averaging 17.6 points per game on the season and is currently projected to be drafted 38th overall in the 2014 NBA Draft according to nbadraft.net.


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