Kevin Pangos

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Kevin Pangos
KevinPangos.jpg
Pangos taking a jump shot for Gonzaga.
FC Barcelona Lassa
Position Point guard / Shooting guard
League Liga ACB
EuroLeague
Personal information
Born (1993-01-26) January 26, 1993 (age 25)
Holland Landing, Ontario, Canada
Nationality Canadian / Slovenian
Listed height 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Listed weight 180 lb (82 kg)
Career information
High school Denison (Newmarket, Ontario)
College Gonzaga (2011–2015)
NBA draft 2015 / Undrafted
Playing career 2015–present
Career history
2015–2016 Herbalife Gran Canaria
2016–2018 Žalgiris
2018–present FC Barcelona Lassa
Career highlights and awards

Kevin Joseph Pangos (born January 26, 1993) is a Canadian[1] professional basketball player for FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague. He spent his college basketball career playing for the Gonzaga Bulldogs of the West Coast Conference. He was named the 2015 WCC Player of the Year,[2] as well as a third-team All-American by Sporting News.[3] Pangos has also represented Canada on the international stage. He earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2018.

Early life[edit]

Like many young Canadians, Pangos played youth hockey. He had family connections to the game—an uncle played in the NHL, and a cousin was drafted by the Washington Capitals—but he did not like the sport as much as basketball.[4] In any event, he had much deeper family links to that sport. His father Bill played basketball for the University of Toronto[5] and finished his 26th season as the head women's basketball coach at York University in Toronto in 2013,[6] his mother Patty played Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball at McMaster University,[6] and his sister Kayla played under their father at York.[4]

Growing up, Pangos' biggest inspiration was Steve Nash, a Canadian who developed into one of the NBA's top point guards and a two-time MVP. At training camps throughout his youth, Pangos paid special attention to stories about Nash; he recalled in a 2013 interview, "Someone would say, 'Steve Nash would make 500 shots a day.' I figured I had to make 500 shots a day."[6]

Although he played for various national and provincial youth squads, he frequently trained alone or with his father, as he found relatively little high-level competition in Ontario.[4]

High school career[edit]

Pangos played for Dr. John M. Denison Secondary School in Newmarket, Ontario. In his senior season, he led Denison to the OFSAA Triple-A title game where he scored a game-high 26 points in a 69-64 loss to Anderson CVI.[7]

US college sports recruiting information for high school athletes
Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Kevin Pangos
PG
Newmarket, ON Dr. John M. Denison (ON) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Nov 11, 2010 
Recruiting star ratings: Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247SportsN/A    ESPN grade: 92
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

College career[edit]

Pangos received offers from several NCAA Division I schools including Michigan, Temple, UNLV, Portland, and Cincinnati.[8] Notably, he and Trey Burke were both offered scholarships to Michigan, but only on a first-come, first-served basis; Burke accepted first.[6] Pangos opted for Gonzaga after receiving favorable reviews from Kelly Olynyk and his family; the Pangos and Olynyk families are longtime friends in the closely knit Canadian basketball community.[6]

In his second NCAA game against Washington State he scored 33 points and tied a school record with nine three pointers made in an 89-81 victory. This game kicked off a stellar 2011-12 freshman season at Gonzaga, as Pangos led the team in many statistical categories including points, assists, steals, minutes played, 3-pointers made, and free throw percentage. He helped Gonzaga to a 13-3 record in the West Coast Conference, good enough for second place, and a 26-7 overall record.

In the WCC semi-finals Pangos led Gonzaga by BYU in a 77-58 victory, scoring a game-high 30 points on 10-17 shooting.[9] Pangos did not perform well in the 2012 West Coast Conference finals in a 78-74 overtime loss to Saint Mary's. Pangos shot just 3-18 from the field and 1-10 from three-point range.[10]

Gonzaga entered the 2012 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament as a #7 seed. In his first NCAA tournament appearance, Pangos scored 13 points on 5-7 shooting and added 5 assists in a lop-sided 77-54 victory over West Virginia; however, Gonzaga would lose to #2-seeded Ohio State in the third round of the tournament 73-66. Pangos would score just 10 points on 3-13 shooting.[11]

On January 29, 2015 against Portland, Pangos broke Blake Stepp's school record of 288 made 3 pointers.[12] As of March 11, 2015, Pangos currently has a school-record of 313 3 pointers, which is good enough for fifth place all-time in West Coast Conference men's basketball.[13]

Professional career[edit]

On July 24, 2015, Pangos signed a two-year deal with the Spanish club Herbalife Gran Canaria.[14]

In 2016, he joined the Lithuanian club Žalgiris, with whom Pangos signed a "1+1" deal.[15][16] In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the 2017–18 season.[17] With Žalgiris, he reached the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four, the team's first participation in 20 years. There, the team finished in third place after losing to Fenerbahçe and defeating CSKA Moscow.

On July 25, 2018, Pangos signed a two-year deal with FC Barcelona Lassa of the Liga ACB and the EuroLeague.[18]

National team career[edit]

Pangos played for the 2009 Canadian Cadet Men's National team that won bronze at the 2009 FIBA Americas Under-16 Championship, where he averaged 18.4 points, 5.4 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 3.2 steals per game.[19]

Pangos also represented Canada at the 2010 FIBA Under-17 World Championship, where he averaged 15.8 points, 5 rebounds, and 1.3 steals per game, en route to a bronze-medal game victory over Lithuania.[19] He was named to the All-Tournament Team.

In 2011, Pangos travelled with Canada's Under-19 men's basketball team to Latvia, for the 2011 FIBA Under-19 World Championship. He finished second on the team in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per game, and led the team in assists, with 3.1 per game[20] Pangos finished fourth among the tournament in steals per game leaders, averaging 2.1 per game.[21]

Career statistics[edit]

Legend
  GP Games played   GS  Games started  MPG  Minutes per game
 FG%  Field-goal percentage  3P%  3-point field-goal percentage  FT%  Free-throw percentage
 RPG  Rebounds per game  APG  Assists per game  SPG  Steals per game
 BPG  Blocks per game  PPG  Points per game  PIR  Performance Index Rating
 Bold  Career high

Note: The EuroLeague is not the only competition in which the player participated for the team during the season. He also played in domestic competition, and regional competition if applicable.

EuroLeague[edit]

Year Team GP GS MPG FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2016–17 Žalgiris 30 30 20.8 .381 .457 .862 1.8 3.2 .9 .0 8.7 7.2
2017–18 36 36 27.5 .483 .475 .754 2.7 5.9 .7 .1 12.7 14.2
Career 66 66 24.5 .442 .467 .787 2.3 4.7 .8 .0 10.8 11.0

Liga Endesa[edit]

Season Player GP GS MPG FG% 3FG% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG PPG PIR
2015–16 Gran Canaria 30 24 23.0 .385 .373 .875 2.3 4.5 0.9 0.0 11.0 11.1
Career 30 24 23.0 .385 .373 .875 2.3 4.5 0.9 0.0 11.0 11.1

Awards and achievements[edit]

  • 2015 CBB 3 point Contest Champion
  • 2012 WCC Newcomer of the Year[22]
  • 2012 First Team All-WCC[22]
  • 2012 WCC All-Freshman Team.[22]
  • 2013 First Team All-WCC[23]
  • 2014 First Team All-WCC[24]
  • 2015 First Team All-WCC[2]
  • 2015 WCC Player of the Year[2]
  • 2015 Sporting News Third Team All-American[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kevin Pangos at acb.com (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b c "WCC Announces 2015 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 3, 2015. 
  3. ^ a b "Sporting News' 2014-15 college basketball All-Americans". Retrieved March 9, 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c Medcalf, Myron (July 9, 2012). "From Canada to college basketball". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Gonzaga banks on a pair of Canucks for March Madness". Globe and Mail. March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c d e Anderson, Kelli (March 18, 2013). "Canada's Got Talent". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ "OFSAA 3A Championship Day Recap and Standouts". Crown Magazine. March 11, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2012. 
  8. ^ Kevin Pangos. Yahoo! Rivals. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-Kevin-Pangos-116049. Retrieved on June 8, 2012
  9. ^ ESPN Box Score http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320632250 retrieved on June 8, 2012
  10. ^ ESPN Box Score, March 25, 2012. http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320652608 retrieved on June 8, 2012
  11. ^ ESPN Box Score http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320770194 retrieved on June 8, 2012
  12. ^ "Kevin Pangos sets Gonzaga's 3-point record in rout of Portland". espn.go.com. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  13. ^ "2014-15 WCC Basketball Notes" (PDF). Retrieved March 4, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Herbalife Gran Canaria adds the point guard Kevin Pangos". cbgrancanaria.net. July 24, 2015. 
  15. ^ "Zalgiris strengthens the squad with Kevin Pangos". zalgiris.lt. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016. 
  16. ^ "Kevin Pangos signed with Zalgiris Kaunas". eurohoops.net. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  17. ^ "2017-18 All-EuroLeague Second Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018. 
  18. ^ "Kevin Pangos, direction and scoring for Barça Lassa | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018. 
  19. ^ a b Kevin Pangos at Gonzaga Men's Basketball retrieved from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2012-06-08. 
  20. ^ Kevin Pangos at 2011 FIBA U-19 World Championship Latvia retrieved from http://latvia2011.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/11/fu19m/player/p/eid/5194/pid/75922/rid//sid/5194/tid/257/profile.html on June 8, 2012
  21. ^ Player Leaders from 2011 FIBA U-19 World Championship Latvia retrieved from: http://latvia2011.fiba.com/pages/eng/fe/11/fu19m/statistics/p/eid/5194/lid//rid//rpp//sid/5194/sp/ALL/ss/STE/srid/ALL/top-players.html On June 8, 2012
  22. ^ a b c "WCC Announces 2012 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  23. ^ "WCC Announces 2013 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 5, 2013. 
  24. ^ "WCC Announces 2014 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 3, 2014. 


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