Kevin Joseph Pangos (born January 26, 1993) is a Canadian 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, as well as a third-team All-American by Sporting News. Pangos has also represented Canada on the international stage. He earned an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection in 2018.
|No. 3 – FC Barcelona Lassa|
|Position||Point guard / Shooting guard|
|Born||January 26, 1993|
Holland Landing, Ontario
|Nationality||Canadian / Slovenian|
|Listed height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Listed weight||180 lb (82 kg)|
|High school||Denison (Newmarket, Ontario)|
|NBA draft||2015 / Undrafted|
|Career highlights and awards|
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. In any event, he had much deeper family links to that sport. His father Bill played basketball for the University of Toronto and finished his 26th season as the head women's basketball coach at York University in Toronto in 2013, his mother Patty played Canadian Interuniversity Sport basketball at McMaster University, and his sister Kayla played under their father at York.
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."
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.
High school careerEdit
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.
|Name||Hometown||High school / college||Height||Weight||Commit date|
|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: Rivals: 247Sports: N/A ESPN grade: 92|
|Overall recruiting rankings:|
Pangos received offers from several NCAA Division I schools including Michigan, Temple, UNLV, Portland, and Cincinnati. Notably, he and Trey Burke were both offered scholarships to Michigan, but only on a first-come, first-served basis; Burke accepted first. 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.
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. 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.
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.
On January 29, 2015, against Portland, Pangos broke Blake Stepp's school record of 288 made 3-pointers. 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.
In 2016, he joined the Lithuanian club Žalgiris, with whom Pangos signed a "1+1" deal. In May 2018, he was named the All-EuroLeague Second Team for the 2017–18 season. 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.
National team careerEdit
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.
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. 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 Pangos finished fourth among the tournament in steals per game leaders, averaging 2.1 per game.
|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|
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.
Awards and achievementsEdit
- Kevin Pangos at acb.com (in Spanish)
- "WCC Announces 2015 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 3, 2015.
- "Sporting News' 2014-15 college basketball All-Americans". Retrieved March 9, 2015.
- Medcalf, Myron (July 9, 2012). "From Canada to college basketball". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 8, 2012.
- "Gonzaga banks on a pair of Canucks for March Madness". Globe and Mail. March 13, 2015. Retrieved March 15, 2015.
- Anderson, Kelli (March 18, 2013). "Canada's Got Talent". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
- "OFSAA 3A Championship Day Recap and Standouts". Crown Magazine. March 11, 2011. Retrieved May 28, 2012.
- Kevin Pangos. Yahoo! Rivals. http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/recruiting/player-Kevin-Pangos-116049. Retrieved on June 8, 2012
- ESPN Box Score http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320632250 retrieved on June 8, 2012
- ESPN Box Score, March 25, 2012. http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320652608 retrieved on June 8, 2012
- ESPN Box Score http://espn.go.com/ncb/boxscore?gameId=320770194 retrieved on June 8, 2012
- "Kevin Pangos sets Gonzaga's 3-point record in rout of Portland". espn.go.com. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- "2014-15 WCC Basketball Notes" (PDF). Retrieved March 4, 2015.
- "Herbalife Gran Canaria adds the point guard Kevin Pangos". cbgrancanaria.net. July 24, 2015.
- "Zalgiris strengthens the squad with Kevin Pangos". zalgiris.lt. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
- "Kevin Pangos signed with Zalgiris Kaunas". eurohoops.net. 15 July 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016.
- "2017-18 All-EuroLeague Second Team presented by 7DAYS". euroleague.net. 10 May 2018. Retrieved 19 May 2018.
- "Kevin Pangos, direction and scoring for Barça Lassa | FC Barcelona". FC Barcelona. 25 July 2018. Retrieved 25 July 2018.
- Kevin Pangos at Gonzaga Men's Basketball retrieved from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2012-06-08.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- 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
- 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
- "WCC Announces 2012 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved February 28, 2012.
- "WCC Announces 2013 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 5, 2013.
- "WCC Announces 2014 Men's Basketball All-Conference Team". Retrieved March 3, 2014.