Mar 21, 2013; Salt Lake City, UT, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pangos (4) comes around a pick set by Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Kelly Olynyk (13) late in the second half of the game against the Southern University Jaguars during the second round of the 2013 NCAA tournament at EnergySolutions Arena. Gonzaga won the game 64-58. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports
As many of you know, WCC players Tyler Haws and Kevin Pangos are playing for their respective home countries in the 2013 World University Games in Kazan, Russia. Pangos is playing for Canada, and Haws in playing for the United States. Here is how they have been playing over the duration of the tournament.
Pangos has had a solid showing for Team Canada, and his home country has had a ton of success. The Canadian team is currently a perfect 6-0, and they are in the semifinals. They will play against Russia tomorrow for a berth into the championship game. Pangos and his fellow Canadians were also able to defeat there neighbors to the south, a country that has a figurative monopoly on the international basketball world. That was a huge win for the country of Canada, and shows how much basketball in Canada has grown the past few years.
Statistically, Pangos has been solid. He is averaging 8.5 points and 2.8 assists per game. He has played the fourth most minutes out of anybody on the roster, and has been playing alongside Baylor guard Brady Heslip. Not to mention, he is also playing alongside Kyle Wiltjer, who is considering transferring from the University of Kentucky and Gonzaga is rumored to be the front runner to land him if he ends up doing so.
Much like the USA team, Haws has struggled greatly in this tournament. He has not been able to get much playing time, and has struggled shooting the basketball. The United States is now out of medal competition, and they are now only playing consolation games from here on out. The best that they can finish is 9th. Overall, it has been a very unsuccessful trip for the U.S. WUG team, even though the tournament is not even over.
Haws has averaged 3.2 points and 2.6 rebounds per game. He is only shooting 29% from the field, which is a metric that is much lower than what he usually reaches.
*Next Games: USA vs. Germany, 9-12 Semifinal game. 11 P.M PST.
Canada vs. Russia. Semifinal Game. 5:30 AM PST.