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SAN DIEGO—(Jan. 14, 2016)—San Diego State junior running back Donnel Pumphrey, Rancho Santa Fe tennis standout Taylor Fritz, SDSU basketball star Winston Shepard and ex-USD hoop record-setter Johnny Dee were selected 2015 Amateur Stars of the Year by the San Diego Hall of Champions.
The four will be honored at the 70th Salute to the Champions on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center.
The same evening, Heisman Trophy winner and football star Ricky Williams, world boxing champion Paul Vaden and baseball standout Dave Roberts will be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame.
Good news for SDSU football fans is that Pumphrey will be returning for his senior season to take aim at Breitbard Hall of Famer Marshall Faulk’s school records.  Pumphrey gained 1,653 yards in leading the Aztecs to the Mountain West Conference title and victory in the Hawai’i Bowl.
Fritz became the first American in recent years to be the No. 1-ranked Junior in the world before turning pro in the fall.  That didn’t slow him down as he quickly won two Challenger titles, one of only nine under-18 players ever to do so.
Shepard earned All-MWC Tournament honors at the end of the successful 2014-15 season and then was one of the go-to players for the 2015-16 season. He averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds in leading the Aztecs to the MWC Tournament title.
Dee set the USD career scoring record just after the first of the year and went on to finish with 2,046 points, becoming the first Toreros player to surpass 2,000.  He hit 381 of 419 career free throws, .909 percent.