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The WCC released all-conference honors Tuesday and Gonzaga claimed all four individual awards, led by Player of the Year Kevin Pangos.
Coaches vote on the awards, but cannot vote for their own players. Coaches are asked to nominate one player from their team for each individual award. The deadline for coaches to return votes was Sunday.
Here's my article that will run in Wednesday's S-R. Here's a complete list of the individual awards, first team, second team and honorable mention. Colville's Matt Hubbard, a freshman at Santa Clara, was named to the All-Freshman team.
In the last nine days, I've written about Gonzaga's three seniors, beginning with Gary Bell Jr. in last Thursday's S-R, Byron Wesley in Wednesday's paper and my article on Kevin Pangos that will run tomorrow.
The trio will be honored during Senior Night ceremonies as GU closes the regular-season with its home against BYU on Saturday.
These quotes seemed to capture the three. Kyle Wiltjer on Bell: "He’s the ultimate teammate," as well as coach Mark Few noting that Bell is one of his all-time favorites. "He’s done it with just solid, steady, tough-ass plays," Few said.
Of Wesley, a graduate transfer from USC, Few noted: "He’s really an unsung hero in this. He’s been unbelievably selfless. He made a sacrifice to come up here, gave up a bunch of points and shots to win."
And finally Pangos, called the "quintessential Zag" by Few. “He’s everything this whole program is about,” Few said, “and I mean everything when you think about it. Wins, wins over personal achievement, hard work, putting his time in. You couldn’t have a better representative.”
Kevin Pangos has a number of built-in excuses, but he won't use them.
His stats have slipped as Pangos deals with turf toe (for more than two months) and a tender left ankle (off-and-on for the last two weeks). The junior guard discussed the impact those injuries have had on his game in my notebook in today's S-R. Pangos said his right big toe is feeling much better and he can receive treatment on his tender ankle, making him optimistic for a healthier finish to the season.
Gonzaga handled Arkansas' pressure defense and junior guard Kevin Pangos poured in 34 points as the Bulldogs cruised to a 91-81 victory Wednesday, closing the EA Sports Maui Invitational with a 2-1 mark.
My unedited game story is below.
Xavier guard Tu Holloway (52) works against Gonzaga guard Kevin Pangos in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game on Saturday in Cincinnati. Gonzaga beat formerly No. 8-ranked Xavier 72-65. SR game story here. And: ESPN boxscore here. (AP Photo/Al Behrman)