3/3/2020 11:00:41 AM
Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev Named Player of the Year; Pacific’s Damon Stoudamire wins first Coach of the Year accolade
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SAN BRUNO, Calif. – In a season featuring no fewer than three WCC basketball programs achieving a top-25 national ranking, the top three teams dominated the 2019-20 All-WCC Basketball Teams as announced Tuesday by the league office. No. 2/2 Gonzaga (29-2, 15-1 WCC), No. 15/16 BYU (24-7, 13-3) and Saint Mary’s (24-7, 11-5) combined to place eight student-athletes on the 10-member first team.
This season, three programs accounted for the major individual WCC honors.
Gonzaga sophomore forward Filip Petrusev captured Player of the Year honors, while Pacific’s Damon Stoudamire collected Coach of the Year honors in a vote of his peers. Another Tiger, senior guard Jahlil Tripp, captured Defensive Player of the Year honors and BYU senior guard Jake Toolson earned Newcomer of the Year accolades.
All four major individual awards – along with the All-West Coast Conference Teams and the All-Freshman Team – were voted on solely by the league’s 10 head coaches.
Petrusev is the first WCC underclassmen to earn player of the year accolades since San Francisco All-American Quintin Dailey accomplished the feat in 1980-81 in collecting his first of two top player honors. A national finalist for the Naismith Trophy, the Oscar Robertson Award and the Wooden Award among others, Petrusev led the Bulldogs in scoring (17.8) and rebounding (7.8) in his first season as a starter for the Zags. The Belgrade, Serbia native upped his game in WCC play, averaging 18.5 points and 7.6 rebounds per game, reaching double-digit scoring 15 times in league play and 29 overall. A member of the Battle 4 Atlantis all-tournament squad, Petrusev ranks in the top-30 among Division I national leaders in field goal percentage (30th), free throws (14th) and free throws attempted (2nd).
Tripp put the finishing touches on a splendid four-year career in Stockton, propelling Pacific to its first 20-win campaign in a decade and a share of third place in the conference standings. The 6-5 senior guard led the WCC in rebounding in both overall (8.75) and conference (9.50) play and added a team-high 15.8 points per game, 1.5 steals and 2.0 assists. Tripp was even better in WCC action, averaging 17.8 points – including a career-high 39 in a quadruple overtime win against Saint Mary’s and ripped down 20 rebounds at San Francisco. Tripp is the second Tiger in three seasons to earn top-defensive honors, joining former teammate Namdi Okonkwo who did so in 2017-18.
One of the most impactful graduate transfers throughout Division I this season, Toolson, the reigning WAC Player of the Year, averaged 15.9 points on .481 shooting to go along with 3.9 assists for the surging Cougars who achieved their first top-25 regular season ranking since 2011 National Player of the Year Jimmer Fredette roamed the Marriott Center. Toolson ranks ninth among NCAA active career 3-point field goal percentage leaders (43.3%) and leads the conference with 82 3-pointers this season, 46 coming in league contests. Toolson is the first Cougar to snare the top newcomer award.
It was a tremendous season for the Tigers under Stoudamire. The fourth-year head coach took a team picked to finish in a share of eighth place in the preseason poll – to a 20-win season (23-9, 11-5 WCC) and a share of third place in the WCC. The NBA veteran directed a stout defensive unit which led the league and ranked No. 42 nationally in scoring defense (64.3 ppg). Stoudamire becomes the first UOP boss to secure WCC Coach of the Year honors since Dick Edwards won his third award in 1970-71.
Of the 10-member All-WCC First Team, seven appeared on the 2019-20 preseason All-WCC squad. BYU’s Yoeli Childs, collects his third first team selection, while fellow Cougar senior TJ Haws earns his second. Pepperdine’s Colbey Ross and Saint Mary’s Jordan Ford each picked up their second first team honor.
With the conclusion of the regular season, WCC teams head to Las Vegas to compete for the 2020 University Credit Union West Coast Conference Basketball Tournament. Action tips off Thursday, March 5 at the Orleans Arena. This year is the 12th WCC Tournament in Las Vegas.
2019-20 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Major Individual Honors
Player of the Year: Filip Petrusev, Gonzaga
Coach of the Year: Damon Stoudamire, Pacific
Defensive Player of the Year: Jahlil Tripp, Pacific
Newcomer of the Year: Jake Toolson, BYU
2019-20 All-WCC Men’s Basketball First Team
|Malik Fitts||Jr.||F||Saint Mary’s|
|Jordan Ford||Sr.||G||Saint Mary’s|
2019-20 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Second Team
|Charles Minlend||Jr.||G||San Francisco|
|Josip Vrankic||Jr.||F||Santa Clara|
2019-20 All-WCC Men’s Basketball Freshman Team
|Jaden Bediako||F||Santa Clara|
2019-20 WCC Men’s Basketball Honorable Mention Selections
Gonzaga: Joel Ayayi, Ryan Woolridge
San Diego: Braun Hartfield
San Francisco: Jamaree Bouyea, Jimbo Lull
Santa Clara: Trey Wertz