This week we welcome back a player who had a great week in his first full week back to action in uniform. After having sat out the last 12 months after transferring from Minnesota Devoe Joseph is looking like the guy that Oregon needed all along this season and after a great week back, he earned our Player of the Week honors ...
Player of the Week
Devoe Joseph – Senior, Oregon
Devoe Joseph had made no bones about it – he’s back in the game! In his last two games as a Duck, he’s averaged 14.5 points, 3 rebounds and 3.5 assists while going 10-of-18 from the floor, including 3-of-9 from the three, and 6-of-7 from the free throw line all in 29 minutes off the bench. Having put together two great games he is our NC-Double-Eh Player of the Week.
In Oregon’s 79-70 win win over Portland State, Joseph went for 13 points shooting 3-of-6 from the floor and hitting all six of the free throws. He also included 4 rebounds, a season high 6 assists, a steal and a block in his floor time to help ensure the victory.
In his next game five days later against Virginia, Joseph again was great shooting 7-of-12 from the floor including 2-of-5 from the three for 16 points in Oregon’s 67-54 loss. He also added 2 rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes in the loss.
For the season, Joseph is averaging 15.7, 2 rebounds, 3.7 assists and a steal in 29 minutes for the Ducks. He’s shooting .516 from the floor, .333 from the arc and .818 from the line. Unfortunately since Joseph’s only played in three games, he’s not eligible for inclusion in the Pac-12 stat leaders yet.
Honorable Mention: Hernst Laroche, New Mexico State – 18 pts, 4 rebs, 3 asts, 5 stls, 6-of-9 FGs, 2-of-3 3PT FGs, 4-of-5 FTs, 20 mins in win over West New Mexico Dec. 14.
Rookie of the Week
Kevin Pangos – Freshman, Gonzaga
Kevin Pangos continues on his great freshman season campaign by having a great week helping Gonzaga to two victories at home. In those two contests, he averaged 12.5 points, 2 rebounds and 7.5 assists in 30 minutes. He shot 4-of-18 from the floor, including 2-of-13 from the three, but he did go 16-of-20 from the free throw line and we crown him our NC-Double-Eh Rookie of the Week for the second time this season.
In Gonzaga’s 67-61 winagainst Oral Roberts on Dec. 15 Pangos had 14 points, 7 assists, a rebound and a steal in 31 minutes. He shot 3-of-9 from the floor, including two treys, but he did also shoot 7-or-9 from the charity stripe.
In the Zags’ second game of the week against Pangos had a similar stat line going for 11 points on one made field goal while shooting 9-of-12 from the line. He also added 8 assists and 3 rebounds also in his 29 minutes of burn in the Bulldogs' 71-60 win over Arizona.
For the season, Pangos is averaging 13.1 points, 3.7 assists, 2.4 rebounds and a steal in 30.3 minutes of action. He’s shooting .397 from the floor, .380 from the three and .822 from the free throw line. He currently leads the team in assists and is third in scoring. Pangos’ s averages currently rank him in the top ten in the West Coast Conference in points (10th), assists (6th), free throw percentage, 3-point field goals made per game (2.1), assists to turnover ratio (2nd at 2.4) and minutes played (10th).
Honorable Mention: Myck Kabongo, Texas – 18 pts, 5 rebs, 3 asts, 1 stl, 5-of-10 FGs, 8-of-14 FTs, 32 mins in win over Temple Dec. 17.