It is with a heavy heart that the Gonzaga community and the whole West Coast Conference will be saying goodbye to Kevin Pangos. Pangos will go down as one of the greatest players in the history of Gonzaga and the whole WCC. Even through it is difficult to say goodbye, believe that Pangos has a bright future ahead of him.
Pangos finished his college career as Gonzaga’s all time leader in three pointers made with 322. His sharp shooting was extremely consistent. Over his entire career he shot 41.5% from three point range. Pangos did not limit his effort to the offensive end. He is second in career steals with 177 over his four years. Most importantly, Pangos was a team player and an excellent leader. He is number one in career wins at Gonzaga with 122. He was one of the most important factors in helping the Bulldogs reach the Elite 8 this past year.
The 6′ 2″ guard broke out his freshman year when he scored 33 points including nine threes against in state rival Washington State. From there he established dominance in the conference and the nation. As a sophomore Pangos was a key piece to the Gonzaga team was ranked #1 in the country. One of his best games during his sophomore season was against Baylor when he scored 31 points including seven threes. He also added three assists. During his junior season, Pangos stepped into a bigger leadership role. He was more experienced and his natural leadership tendencies began to show more clearly. He recorded his career high for points with 34 in a game against Arkansas. He was 7-8 from three point range. He also added four assists and three rebounds. As a senior Pangos established his dominance and proved himself as a general on the court. In a game against Georgia he had 22 points. He also had six assists and three rebounds. A big part of his scoring was due to free throws. He went 10-10 from the charity stripe.
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Recently, Pangos has had NBA workouts with the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, and the Brooklyn Nets. His NBA combine workout video is impressive. I truly hope that he is successful in the NBA. He definitely has the ability and the work ethic.
Off the court, Pangos is great. He is a very nice person and he handled his celebrity status very well. I have had many interactions with him before and he is always nice and polite to me and to every Gonzaga student, professor, faculty member, employee, etc. I remember talking to him at tent city during my freshman year and realizing how down to earth he was. He never acted like he was better than anyone else. This past year I talked to him on the way back from Houston after the Elite 8. I’ve mentioned in previous articles that I am a member of the Gonzaga Bulldog Band. On our way back home he thanked me for all that the band had done for the team. This was very exciting for me! Whatever Pangos does in his future, I know that he will be successful at it.
Pangos is one of my favorite basketball players ever. I’ve had the pleasure of watching him play for four years as well as attending school with him for three. I wish him the best of luck in the future.
Kevin, thank you for a great four years at Gonzaga and I am looking forward to hearing your name called at the NBA Draft!