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Bell (left) and Pangos (right) look to improve upon their impressive debut seasons this year.
Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell, Jr. were a revelation in their freshmen seasons a year ago. While Gonzaga has always been known for exceptional guard play, Pangos and Bell seemed to raise the bar as far as expectations go.
They combined for 24 points a game, roughly a third of the team's average points per game, and each made more than 40 three-pointers. They showed great maturity and ability as freshmen.
This backcourt duo filled holes in the starting five and provided stability where there was once doubt. Pangos took control of the offense and provided a solid pace to the attack, while Bell locked down on defense, proving he could guard the best point and shooting guards that the WCC had to provide.
The combination of Pangos and Bell flat-out made Gonzaga a better, more rounded team.
With one season under their belts, it will be interesting to see how they continue to progress this season. Mark Few is quoted (via SI.com) as saying, "Pangos is in the gym every night until 10 or 11. Now he's starting to drag guys with him." With Pangos and Bell working hard during this offseason, it is hard not to be excited for what they might accomplish this coming year.
Gonzaga fans will enjoy watching these two grow together as basketball players and teammates because the sky is truly the limit for what they might accomplish.