Gaddy and Pangos Among Best
Summer basketball camp season is upon us all and there could not be a more perfect time to gather around the campfire and discuss who would be among the counselors at the 2012 Pacific Northwest Top Players Camp.
There are a litany of Pacific Northwest players that would have made this list but are leaving for professional leagues at home and abroad including Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross (Washington) as well as Jared Cunningham (Oregon State).
Listed are the best five players from the eight Division I programs in Oregon and Washington and is purely based on returning letter-winners from the 2011-2012 campaign.
Not included are incoming freshmen or transfers.
Kevin Pangos – Guard/Gonzaga
Much like Jeremy Pargo, Derek Raivio and others before him, Kevin Pangos follows the tradition of Bulldog tradition of small point guards that put up big numbers. The Newmarket, Ontario native led Gonzaga in scoring (13.6 ppg) and had an assist-to-turnover ratio of 1.85.
Two 30-point performances, including a 33-point outburst against Washington State in his second career game, proved he will be talked about around Spokane and the rest of the country for years to come.
Abdul Gaddy – Guard/Washington
It is without question that Abdul Gaddy was overshadowed by the play of Ross and Wroten, but it does not mean that he should be excluded from this year’s list. At the Washington basketball team banquet, Gaddy was named the “Playmaker of the Year.” He sits eighth all-time with 312 assists.
The senior-to-be from Tacoma led the Huskies and was second in the Pac-12 in assists (182) and assist-to-turnover ratio (2.4). Gaddy’s 2011-12 assist total was the third highest in school history in a single season.
Elias Harris – FW/Gonzaga
After his freshman season, few NBA scouts would have expected Elias Harris to be on a list like this because of his outstanding play, as they projected him to be an NBA player after one season in the WCC. Yet here is the senior-to-be, the undisputed leader of the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Harris can score his 13.1 points per game from anywhere on the floor, demonstrated by his three-point percentage (40.1). When coupled with a team-leading 8.5 rebounds per game, the Speyer, Germany native is one of the most difficult players to guard in the region.
E.J. Singler FW/Oregon
The Ducks senior-to-be was the heart and soul of Oregon’s squad last year and will be called upon to be its best player in the next one.
Although DeVoe Joseph and recently graduated senior Garrett Sim made up the best shooting backcourt in the Pac-12, the Medford, Ore. native was the Duck that opposing coaches and basketball aficionados paid attention to most.
E.J. Singler averaged 13.4 points and 5.5 rebounds per game and shot 91.4 percent (104-114) from the free throw line, but left his handprints on ball games via defensive stops at key times and getting to loose balls to keep Oregon possessions alive. Nobody on this list plays with more heart than Singler.
Brock Motum FW/Washington State
Unlike the others on this list, Brock Motum resided in basketball anonymity due to Washington State’s (19-18) inconsistency and lackluster play, as his Cougars have the worst record of the four schools that appear on that list.
Motum cannot be blamed that.
Despite averaging only 7.4 points per game as a sophomore, the senior-to-be from Brisbane, Australia put up 18 points and 6.4 rebounds per game and shot 55.4 percent from the field last season.
He will continue to gain opportunities after the departure of Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson.
He will not reside in anonmyity for long in 2012-13.
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