Gonzaga senior guard Kevin Pangos has been the Zags leader since his arrival in Spokane in 2011. He has lead his team to 4 NCAA appearances. This season, Pangos has lead No. 7 Gonzaga to a 32-2 record, which includes only a close overtime loss at Arizona and a 73-70 loss at home to BYU.
Kevin Pangos' collective body of work during his tenure at Gonzaga, including leading this year's very competitive team, is being recognized across the nation. Pangos is on the list for the following prestigious national player awards:
Wooden Award Top 20. Although Pangos did not make the top 15 cut Naismith Trophy Top 10 Oscar Robertson Award Top 15
Incidently, fellow Zag Kyle Wiltjer is also listed for the above awards. Gonzaga is the only school to have two players on each of the above lists.
Here are some other records and distinctions for Gonzaga's 6' 2" 185 lbs guard.
WCC Player of the Year 2015 4 x WCC First Team 2012 through 2015 No. 1 Gonzaga 3 point shooter No. 2 NCAA assist to turnover ratio of 3.7 for 2014-2015 WCC Newcomer of the Year 2012
Here's how Pangos leads the Bulldogs:
High BB IQ directing the offense. Pangos uses his exceptionally high basketball IQ combined with his shooting and ball handling skills to direct the Zags offense. Much like a quarterback, Pangos directs play execution and ball movement. Much like a quarterback, Pangos plays a key role in team unity, team spirit and teamwork.
Unself team player. Pangos excels at helping his teammates succeed. His team play approach helps raise the stats, skills and BB IQ of his teammates. This season Pangos is averaging 5 APG.
Hard Work. Coach Mark Few has stated that Pangos is one of the hardest working players he has ever coached. Every night, after class, after practice, on days off and even after a game, Pangos goes down to the MacCarthy Athletic Center for an hour or two to practice his shooting, especially his 3 point shooting. “I’ve probably spent more time in here than my own bedroom,” Pangos said.
Regarding Pangos, “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.”
Championship Demeanor. Pangos comes out to win every game. His focus is on excellent play. He does not get distracted. By way of example, during the February 7 game at San Francisco, with the score GU 73-68 with 1:39 to play, USF player Matt Gover commits an after the play flagrant personal fowl knocking Pangos to the floor. Pangos, keeping his cool, makes both free throws. Pangos didn't get angry, he got better. Two plays later, Pangos on a steal, then loose ball, scrambles to the ground, gains control the ball, then had the presence of mind to heave the ball 2/3 of the way down court to teammate McClellan for an easy layup, sealing the Gonzaga win.
Team recruiter. During a camp with the Canadian National Team, Kyle Wiltjer from Kentucky talked to Pangos about transferring from Kentucky to Gonzaga. Wiltjer was a freshman on the 2012 Kentucky National Champion team. The addtition of Wiltjer, now a Junior at Gonzaga, has given Gonzaga a dimension that could get the team to its first Final Four.
Three Point Shooting. Pangos began his career at Gonzaga hitting 9 three point shots in a game against Washington State. Since them he has hit one three point shot after another becoming the all time Gonzaga leader of three points shots made. During his Gonzaga career, he has made a total of 307 three point shots for 921 points. This season he has a .446 3P%.
Clutch play. When Gonzaga needs a clutch play to win a game, take the lead, develop momentum or come from behind, Kevin Pangos has come through for Mark Few with a key 3 point play, a layup, a steal or execution of key pass, assist or free throw.
Will Kevin Pangos lead Gonzaga to its first Final Four appearance?