May 22, 2012
NEW YORK - Former San Diego State men's basketball player and current San Antonio Spurs forward Kawhi Leonard was among seven players named to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team, the NBA announced May 22.
Joining Leonard on the squad were Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, Minnesota Timberwolves guard Ricky Rubio, Denver Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried, Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert and Detroit Pistons guard Brandon Knight.
Leonard saw action in 64 of the 66 games during his rookie campaign for the Spurs, starting on 39 occasions. The 6-foot-7 forward finished the 2011-12 season averaging 7.9 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, while shooting 49.3 percent from the floor. Leonard led the top-seeded Spurs with 85 steals and averaged 24.0 minutes a game. In the playoffs, he has started all eight of San Antonio's games and is averaging 8.5 points and is shooting 51.1 percent from the field, including a mark of 45.5 percent from three-point range.
In two seasons on Montezuma Mesa, Leonard averaged 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds, including a career-best 15.5 points and 10.6 rebounds (9th in NCAA) in 2010-11 as a sophomore. He scored 990 career points, which is the 19th-highest total in SDSU Division I history, and grabbed 716 rebounds, which ranks seventh all-time in San Diego State history and is the fifth most in the program's D-I history.
The voting panel consisted of the NBA's 30 head coaches, who were asked to select five players for the first team and five players for the second team, regardless of position. Coaches were not permitted to vote for players on their own team. Two points were awarded for first team votes and one for second team votes.
2011-12 NBA ALL-ROOKIE FIRST TEAM