Nov. 12, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – BYU junior guard Tyler Haws and Gonzaga junior guard Kevin Pangos are 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.
Haws is one of the top-returning scorers in the country. Last season, he was seventh in the nation and led the West Coast Conference in scoring at 21.7 points per game. Haws became the first BYU sophomore and only the fifth Cougar in program history to finish among the nation’s the top-10 in scoring.
In addition to the Lute Olson Preseason All-America honors, Haws was also named to the College Sports Madness Preseason All-High Major First Team.
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.
This marks the second straight year the West Coast Conference has multiple players on the preseason top-50 list. Last year Brandon Davies (BYU), Matthew Dellavedova (Saint Mary’s) and Elias Harris (Gonzaga) appeared on the initial candidate list.
The Wooden Award candidates are chosen by a preseason poll of national college basketball media members. The list is comprised of 50 student-athletes who, based on last year's individual performance and team records, are the early front-runners for college basketball's most prestigious honor.
The players on the list are considered strong candidates for the midseason list and the official voting ballot, both of which are open to freshman and transfer students. The National Ballot consists 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 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 2014 will go to Stanford Head Women’s Basketball Coach Tara VanDerveer. The event will take place the weekend of April 11-12, 2014.
With assistance from BYUCougars.com and GoZags.com