No. 15 of Kawhi Leonard will be withdrawn by the State of San Diego


SAN DIEGO – Kawhi Leonard will become the first basketball player in the state of San Diego to have his jersey removed when the No. 7 Aztecs honor him on February 1 during a game against the state of Utah.

Leonard helped lead the Aztecs to national prominence during their two seasons, including reaching their first Sweet 16 and finishing with a better 34-3 in the 2010-11 season.

Leonard is expected to be present while his jersey number 15 is raised to the beams of the Viejas Arena. Your LA Clippers play a game at home that afternoon. Steve Fisher, who changed the program in his 18 seasons as a coach, will also participate.

Kawhi Leonard No. 15 will be the first basketball jersey in the state of San Diego to be withdrawn by the school. Stew Milne / USA TODAY Sports

Leonard led the Aztecs to a 20-0 start in 2010-11. The current Aztecs have two less victories than matching that start.

He is one of three players in the 99-year history of the program to average a double for his career, with 14.1 points and 10.2 rebounds.

Leonard is in his first season with the Clippers. He was named MVP of the NBA Finals after leading the Toronto Raptors to their first title last season. He was named MVP of the Finals after helping the San Antonio Spurs win the championship in 2014.

Associated Press contributed to this report.



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