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Gonzaga’s Mark Few, Johnathan Williams pick up District IX honors

UPDATED: Tue., March 6, 2018

Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams races past San Francisco center Jimbo Lull in Monday’s semifinal win. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams races past San Francisco center Jimbo Lull in Monday’s semifinal win. (Dan Pelle / The Spokesman-Review)

Gonzaga’s Mark Few and Johnathan Williams earned United States Basketball Writers Association District IX honors.

Few was selected coach of year for District IX, which includes California, Oregon, Washington, Hawaii, Arizona and Alaska. Gonzaga (29-4) won the WCC regular-season title and faces BYU at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the WCC Tournament championship.

The Zags are one win away from the program’s fourth 30-win season in six years. Gonzaga has 12 consecutive 25-win seasons under Few.

Williams was named to the 10-player District IX team. Arizona’s Deandre Ayton was selected player of the year. Saint Mary’s Jock Landale joins Williams as WCC players on the team that includes eight Pac-12 selections.

Williams averages 13.6 points and 8.1 rebounds. He’s made 56.9 percent of his shots. Williams, named to the All-WCC team last week, ranks 10th among active collegiate players with 974 rebounds.

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