Slowly, Malachi Flynn’s NBA Draft stock began climbing throughout the summer – and into the fall.

And by the time the draft rolled around Wednesday night, many draft experts had Flynn, a Bellarmine Prep product who finished his college career at San Diego State University, going in the first round.

Flynn did – barely.

The 6-foot-2 point guard was taken 29th overall by the Toronto Raptors of the 2020 NBA Draft – one pick after fellow South Sound player Jaden McDaniels went No. 28 to Minnesota (via a trade).

“He’s about hard work,” Raptors general manager Bobby Webster said. “He’s about winning.”

And Flynn is going to the same NBA franchise that housed the player many have compared him to – guard Fred VanVleet, who is now a free agent.

It appears to be a great situation for Flynn, who could conceivably slide into the backup point guard role behind six-time NBA All-Star Kyle Lowry, who is signed through next season.

Flynn had a remarkable year in his only season at SDSU in 2019-20, averaging averaged 17.6 points, 5.1 assists and 4.5 rebounds in 33.5 minutes per game for the Aztecs, and was named the Mountain West Conference player of the year.

Before that, he spent two season at Washington State University – and was the Class 4A state player of the year at Bellarmine Prep, averaging 29.7 points per game in leading the Lions.

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