Gonzaga goes ga-ga for PG recruit

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Mark Few just snagged the next Steve Nash. Or so the early hype goes.

Kevin Pangos became the fifth Canadian to commit to Gonzaga since 2007 (joining Robert Sacre, Manny Arop, Bol Kong and Kelly Olynk), but he’s quickly becoming the next big thing thanks to his performance during this summer’s FIBA U-17 World Championships. See if this rundown from the Spokesman-Review sounds promising:

Pangos was named the tournament’s top point guard and selected to the All-Tournament team, along with the United States’ James McAdoo (who has committed to North Carolina) and tourney MVP Bradley Beal (Florida).

Pangos averaged 15.8 points, 5 rebounds and 4.1 assists as Canada went 5-3 and knocked off Lithuania 83-81 in the third-place game. He made 53.6 percent of his field goal attempts, including 37.9 percent of his 3-pointers.

Nice, right? Also included in just about every scouting rundown are the phrases “clear-cut leader,” go-to-guy” and “high basketball IQ.” As the guys at The Slipper Still Fits write, Pangos “seems to fit the bill in terms of a big time point guard.”

Pangos doesn’t arrive in Spokane until the 2011-12 season. Can’t wait for his legend to keep growing.

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