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SDSU alum Kawhi Leonard wins male athlete of 2019

Posted at 2:17 PM, Dec 27, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-27 18:02:50-05

(AP) - Los Angeles Clippers star and San Diego State alum Kawhi Leonard is The Associated Press' male athlete of the year for 2019.

Leonard was an easy winner in the voting conducted by AP member sports editors and AP beat writers.

He is the fifth NBA player to win the award and led Toronto to this past season's NBA title.

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Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson was second in the voting. Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was third. Tennis star Rafael Nadal was fourth. Reigning NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks was fifth.

Leonard attended SDSU in 2009 and was a first-round draft pick out of college.

"We think Leonard is one of the best representatives there is to what it means to be an #AztecForLife," San Diego State University posted on its twitter account Friday.