This week we honor a guy who not only put on a shooting display to help topple a tough high major team but tied a record in doing so. Now if you didn't get the hints already, Gonzaga freshman Kevin Pangos is our NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week ...
Player of the Week
Kevin Pangos – Freshman, Gonzaga
Kevin Pangos had one crazy week! Over his two games, both starts mind you, he averaged 22.5 points, 4.5 assists, 3 rebounds and 1.5 steals while shooting 11-of-24 from the floor and a sizzling 11-of-16 from behind the arc while also making 10-of-12 free throws and doing it all in 33 minutes per game. His efforts earned him West Coast Conference Player of the Week honors and he will also earn our Week 2 NC-Double-Eh Player of Week honors as well.
The big story, if you didn’t already know, was that in his first collegiate start Mr. Pangos had one hell of a game Nov. 14. Taking on Washington St on their home floor in Spokane, he led the Zags to an impressive 89-81 win on the strength of his record tying performance of nine made threes in a game. Pangos would finish with 33 points on his 9-of-16 shooting from the floor and perfect 6-of-6 from the line. He also added six assists and two rebounds in his 37 minutes of action. He will now be forever linked to Dan Dickau who held the record alone previously for Gonzaga.
In his second game of the week against Hawaii five days later, Pangos had a more human game going for 12 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and a block in 29 minutes in the Zags’ 73-54 win in Vancouver. He shot 3-of-8 from the floor, 2-of-3 from the arc and 4-of-6 from the line.
For the season Pangos is 18.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and a steal in 31 minutes of action. He’s shooting .500 from the floor, .889 from the line and a white hot .632 from behind the arc. Pangos is currently leading Gonzaga in scoring, assists, free throw percentage and three point shooting and is tied for minutes per game.
Honorable Mention: Justin Edwards, Maine – 22.5 ppg, 3 rpg, 4.5 apg, 1.5 spg, 2 bpg, 17-of-28 FGs, 3-of-6 3-PT FGs, 7-of-8 FTs in 28 mpg in two wins over Southern Nov. 17 and Maryland-Eastern Shore Nov. 20. Earned America East Freshman of the Week honors.
Rookie of the Week
Tie – Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga and Justin Edwards, Maine
It would have just been unfair to both players to not have them both on here as Rookie of the Week so we gave the honor to both. I don’t think you need to know why they were chosen but if you do need to know the reason, peer above to reread above.
Honorable Mention: Taevaunn Prince, South Dakota State – 13 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1 apg, 8-of-17 FGs, 2-of-3 3-PT FGs, 8-of-16 FTs in 27.5 mpg against Minnesota Nov. 14 and Georgia Nov. 16.
Line(s) of the Week
Ty Nurse, Texas Tech – 32 mins vs. North Texas, 15 points, 0 rebounds, 0 assists, 0 steals Nov. 16.
It’s just pretty incredible that a guy as active in the game as Nurse and who was on the floor for as long as he was didn’t register anything other than points. There must have been a missed something here or there during the game where a board or an assist was given to another player accidentally but the end result is that, regardless of how he got those buckets, Nurse did nothing but score.
Rob Sacre, Gonzaga – 23 mins vs. Washington St – 15 points, 1-of-2 from the floor, 13-of-13 from the free throw line Nov. 14.
Sacre is a big guy that can knock down free throws; everyone knows that so this line should be an eye opener for any young kid on the come up – practice your free throw shooting. Sacre got only two official field goal attempts and still racked up points. Shoot, he had a double-double that game and even if you took away his lone made shot from the field he’d still have it. This goes to show that if you don’t get looks on the floor or the offense worked through you, you can still get you points. Young kids take heed and learn from elder Sacre.