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    Thumbs up B. Clarke Garners Final POW Honors

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    WEST COAST CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK – BRANDON CLARKE, JR., F – GONZAGA

    Junior forward Brandon Clarke helped the No. 1/1 Zags (29-2, 16-0) complete an undefeated season by winning their 31st and 32nd consecutive conference road games. Gonzaga’s wins at Pacific and Saint Mary’s also extended the nation’s longest win streak to 20 games. Clarke totaled 36 points on 15-of-20 (75 percent) shooting from the field during the week, adding 20 rebounds and nine blocks. He recorded his 11th double-double of the season in Thursday’s win at Pacific, scoring 21 points, grabbing 13 boards, blocked five shots and dished out a season-high four assists. Saturday at Saint Mary’s, the redshirt junior scored 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting, pulled down seven rebounds and blocked four shots.

    Clarke’s 99 blocks are the second-most in the country, while his 3.19 blocks per game ranks third. He’s already broken the GU single-season record, and now ranks sixth in program history for most blocks in a career … with all 99 blocks coming this season. The Phoenix, Ariz., native now ranks second in WCC history for most blocks in a single season, 15 away from the record. He finished second in league history with 52 blocks in conference action. Clarke tops the nation shooting 68.8 percent from the field, which is on pace for the WCC record. He leads the conference, and is ninth in country, making 70.5 percent of his shots inside-the-arc. He has dunked 47 shots this season.

    Also Nominated: James Batemon, LMU; Yoeli Childs, BYU; Tahj Eaddy, Santa Clara; Jordan Ford, Saint Mary’s; Roberto Gallinat, Pacific; Isaiah Pineiro, San Diego; Colbey Ross, Pepperdine


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    Official Press Release:

    https://wccsports.com/news/2019/3/5/...ence-team.aspx

    SAN BRUNO, Calif. – After another run to the top of the national rankings No. 1 Gonzaga dominated the 2018-19 All-WCC Basketball Teams as announced Tuesday by the league office. No. 1/1 Gonzaga (29-2, 16-0 WCC) captured its seventh straight regular season title and ran the table for the fifth time in program history at the first since the Zags earned the program’s first No. 1 ranking in 2013.

    All-American forward Rui Hachimura captured Player of the Year honors, while Mark Few extended his own conference record, capturing his 13th Coach of the Year plaque for Gonzaga. In addition, junior forward Brandon Clarke captured both Newcomer and Defensive Player of the Year honors for the Zags, becoming the first to win both accolades and the first to do so in the same year in conference history.

    All four individual awards – along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team – were voted on by the league’s 10 head coaches.

    Hachimura beomes the first Zag selected as WCC Player of the Year since former teammate Nigel Williams-Goss did so in 2016-17 enroute to the 2017 NCAA Championship game. A national finalist for the Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Wooden Award among others, Hachimura opened the season winning MVP honors in the 2018 Maui Jim Maui Invitational and simply ran roughshod through the remaining schedule. The Julius Erving Award finalist averaged 20.6 points, connecting on 61.3% from the field to go along with 6.6 rebounds. The Japanese Preseason All-American ranks in the top-40 among Division I national leaders in scoring (39th) and field goal percentage (18th).

    One of the most impactful transfers throughout Division I this season, Clarke burst onto the scene with a strong performance in the Maui Invitational and shows no signs of slowing down during a record-setting campaign. The San Jose State transfer is threatening two WCC single-season records in both field goal percentage and blocked shots. The junior enters the 2019 WCC Championship with a field goal percentage of 68.8% and 99 blocks – both tops in Division I this season. The blocked shots are the most in a single season in Gonzaga’s storied history and ranks sixth on the career list. In addition, Clarke adds 16.6 points 8.5 rebounds, good for eighth and third place respectively on the WCC charts.

    It was yet another record-setting season for Few and No. 1/1 Gonzaga. The Bulldogs roared to the 2018 Maui Invitational Championship, suffered two shorthanded losses to a pair of top-five opponents before barreling to 20 consecutive victories, including an unblemished 16-0 WCC slate. The Zags enter Vegas at 29-2 and returned to No. 1 in both national polls for the second time this season in the penultimate week of the regular season. Along the way Gonzaga surpassed 25 victories for the 13th straight season – and secured the program’s seventh consecutive regular season WCC title. Gonzaga has now won at least a share of 18 of the last 19 championships. The 2017 AP National Coach of the Year, Few is the active NCAA career leader in winning percentage (82.5%), Few owns a 564-120 overall record and is the only coach in conference history to surpass 200, 250 and 275 league triumphs, sitting at a sparkling 276-30 (89.7%) slate.

    Gonzaga’s four first team selections are the most since the 1999-00 squad placed four on the list. San Francisco placed three on the five-member first team in 1976-77. Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, eight appeared on the 2018-19 preseason All-WCC squad. BYU’s Yoeli Childs, Gonzaga’s Hachimura and Josh Perkins and San Francisco’s Frankie Ferrari all collect their second first team honor.

    With the conclusion of the regular season, WCC teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the 2019 West Coast Conference Basketball Championship. Tournament action tips off Thursday, March 7 at the Orleans Arena. This year is the 11th WCC Championship in Las Vegas.

    2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Major Individual Honors

    Player of the Year: Rui Hachimura, Gonzaga
    Coach of the Year: Mark Few, Gonzaga
    Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga
    Newcomer of the Year: Brandon Clarke, Gonzaga

    2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball First Team

    Name Yr. Pos. School
    James Batemon Sr. G LMU
    Yoeli Childs Jr. F BYU
    Brandon Clarke Jr. F Gonzaga
    Frankie Ferrari Sr. G San Francisco
    Jordan Ford Jr. G Saint Mary’s
    Rui Hachimura Jr. F Gonzaga
    Zach Norvell Jr. So. G Gonzaga
    Josh Perkins Sr. G Gonzaga
    Isaiah Pineiro Sr. F San Diego
    Colbey Ross So. G Pepperdine

    2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Second Team

    Name Yr. Pos. School
    Tahj Eaddy So. G Santa Clara
    Malik Fitts So. F Saint Mary’s
    TJ Haws Jr. G BYU
    Charles Minlend So. G San Francisco
    Olin Carter III Sr. G San Diego

    2018-19 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Freshman Team

    Name Pos. School
    Gavin Baxter F BYU
    Dameane Douglas G/F LMU
    Kessler Edwards F Pepperdine
    Filip Petrusev F Gonzaga
    Trey Wertz G Santa Clara

    2018-19 WCC Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention Selections

    Kameron Edwards, Pepperdine; Roberto Gallinat, Pacific; Mattias Markusson, LMU; Marcus Shaver, Portland; Jalil Tripp, Pacific; Josip Vrankic, Santa Clara; Isaiah Wright, San Diego

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    WCC needs help proofing releases.

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    The list is spot on. Top to bottom. Every player well deserving and no glaring snubs.
    I miss Mike Hart

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    I whiffed on Petrusev. Didn't have Fitts, Norvell, Jr, Ross, and Gallinat in the right tiers. . .guess I won't be quitting my day job.

    So it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickMick View Post
    The list is spot on. Top to bottom. Every player well deserving and no glaring snubs.
    Try this comparison.... don't tell me his team got more wins, cuz, then the first 8 or so should have been ZAGS.

    Congrats to both guys. I will say this, not sure why the Fro wouldn't have been 2nd team all conference. Let's compare his numbers with Tahj Eaddy who was 2nd team all conference from Santa Clara:

    Bertie: 15.3 ppg, 3.1 rpg, 0.5 apg, 1.5 TO/g, 14 steals, 43.8% FG, 38.5% 3 PT FG, 85.1% FT
    Eaddy: 15.3 ppg, 2.7 rpg, 3.3 apg, 2 TO/g, 27 steals, 40.6% FG, 38.5% 3 PT FG, 80.2% FT

    Assists and steals are the categories that Eaddy outperforms the Fro (assists dramatically so) but Bertie averages more boards, fewer turnovers, and shoots better from the field and the line (by a sizable chunk!). What's more, Roberto further outshines Eaddy in conference play besting him by 1.1 ppg, 0.7 rpg, and shooting better than him by 5% from the field and 3% from the field. Essentially, Roberto averages more in conference play in every category except steals and assists. Would have preferred seeing the Fro get the senior year nod and be 2nd team here.

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