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Gonzaga Guard Pangos Earns Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 Honor

Kevin Pangos was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list on Tuesday. Kevin Pangos was named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 list on Tuesday.

by Gonzaga University Athletics 

Gonzaga University junior guard Kevin Pangos is among the 50 candidates announced Tuesday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club for the Wooden Award Preseason Top 50 as basketball's Player of the Year.

Chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball experts, the list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who are the early front-runners for the sport’s most prestigious honor.

Pangos was an All- West Coast Conference first-team pick a year ago, averaging again the quarterback, averaging 11.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg and 3.3 assists/game. The native of Holland Landing, Ontario, shot a team-leading 41.7 percent from 3-point range on 78-for-187. He was the only player to start all 35 games.

Pangos played last summer for the Canada’s Development Men’s National Team (DMNT) that competed in the FISU Summer Universiade in Kazan, Russia, also known as the World University Games. Canada finished fourth in the tournament with a 6-2 record after falling 78-68 to the Russia Federation in the semifinals.

Creighton senior forward Doug McDermott, a Wooden Award All American in 2012 and 2013, looks to become the first three-time selection on the men’s side since North Carolina’s Tyler Hansbrough (2007-09).

Other players of note aside from McDermott include several stars who each had a huge impact on his team’s NCAA Final Four run in 2013, including Michigan’s Mitch McGary and Glenn Robinson III; Wichita State’s Cleanthony Early, and C.J. Fair of Syracuse.

The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, which will consist of approximately 20 top players who have proven to their universities that they are also making progress toward graduation and maintaining at least a cumulative 2.0 GPA. The Wooden Award All American Team, consisting of the nation’s top 10 players, will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament.

The 38th annual Wooden Award ceremony will honor the Men's and Women's Wooden Award winners, and will include the presentation of the Wooden Award All American Teams and the Legends of Coaching Award, which in 2013 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.

Created in 1976, the John R. Wooden Award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball. It is bestowed upon the nation’s best player at an institution of higher education who has proven to his or her university that he or she is making progress toward graduation and maintaining a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA. Previous winners include such notables as Larry Bird (’79), Michael Jordan (’84), Tim Duncan (’97), Candace Parker (’07 and ’08), Kevin Durant (’09) and Maya Moore of Connecticut (’09 and ‘11). Michigan’s Trey Burke won the 2013 Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s.

Since its inception, the John R. Wooden Award has contributed close to a million dollars to universities’ general scholarship fund in the names of the All American recipients. The Award has also sent more than 1,000 underprivileged children to week-long college basketball camps in the Award’s name. Additionally, the John R. Wooden Award partners with Special Olympics Southern California (SOSC) each year to host the Wooden Award Special Olympics Southern California Basketball Tournament. The day-long tournament, which brings together Special Olympic athletes and the All Americans, takes place at The Los Angeles Athletic Club the weekend of the John R. Wooden Award Ceremony.

2014 John R. Wooden Award Preseason Top 50

Name School Conference Ht. Yr. Pos.

Jordan Adams UCLA Pac-12 6-5 SO G

Kyle Anderson UCLA Pac-12 6-9 SO G/F

Keith Appling Michigan State Big Ten 6-1 SR G

Isaiah Austin Baylor Big 12 7-1 SO C

Jahii Carson Arizona State Pac-12 5-10 SO G

Willie Cauley-Stein Kentucky SEC 7-0 SO F

Semaj Christon Xavier Big East 6-3 SO G

Aaron Craft Ohio State Big Ten 6-2 SR G

Sam Dekker Wisconsin Big Ten 6-7 SO F

Spencer Dinwiddie Colorado Pac-12 6-6 JR G

Cleanthony Early Wichita State Missouri Valley 6-8 SR F

Joel Embiid Kansas Big 12 7-0 FR C

C.J. Fair Syracuse ACC 6-8 SR F

Aaron Gordon Arizona Pac-12 6-9 FR F

Jerian Grant Notre Dame Big Sky 6-5 SR G

Montrezl Harrell Louisville The American 6-8 SO F

Gary Harris Michigan State Big Ten 6-4 SO G

Joe Harris Virginia ACC 6-6 SR G

Andrew Harrison Kentucky SEC 6-6 FR G

Tyler Haws BYU WCC 6-5 JR G

Andre Hollins Minnesota Big Ten 6-2 JR G

Rodney Hood Duke ACC 6-8 SO F

Joe Jackson Memphis The American 6-1 SR G

Cory Jefferson Baylor Big 12 6-9 SR F

Sean Kilpatrick Cincinnati The American 6-4 SR G

Alex Kirk New Mexico Mountain West 7-0 JR C

James Michael McAdoo North Carolina ACC 6-9 JR F

Doug McDermott*# Creighton Big East 6-8 SR F

Mitch McGary Michigan Big Ten 6-10 SO F

Jordan McRae Tennessee SEC 6-6 SR G

Shabazz Napier Connecticut The American 6-1 SR G


Jabari Parker Duke ACC 6-8 FR F

Adreian Payne Michigan State Big Ten 6-10 SR C

Elfrid Payton Louisiana Sun Belt 6-3 JR G

Dwight Powell Stanford Pac-12 6-10 SR F

Julius Randle Kentucky SEC 6-9 FR F

Juvonte Reddic VCU Atlantic 10 6-9 SR F

Glenn Robinson III Michigan Big Ten 6-6 SO F

LaQuinton Ross Ohio State Big Ten 6-8 JR F

Wayne Selden, JR Kansas Big 12 6-5 FR G

Marcus Smart Oklahoma State Big 12 6-4 SO G

Russ Smith Louisville The American 6-0 SR G

Jarnell Stokes Tennessee SEC 6-8 JR F

Rasheed Sulaimon Duke ACC 6-4 SO G

Noah Vonleh Indiana Big Ten 6-10 FR F

Dez Wells Maryland ACC 6-5 JR G/F

Andrew Wiggins Kansas Big 12 6-8 FR G

Kendall Williams New Mexico Mountain West 6-4 SR G

James Young Kentucky SEC 6-6 FR G

Players listed alphabetically:

* indicates player chosen to the 2013 Wooden All American Team

# indicates player chosen to the 2012 Wooden All American Team