If anyone is mining the Great White North as well as Gonzaga's Mark Few, I don't know who he is. Texas' Rick Barnes probably comes closest. Nonetheless, Few has the benefit of proximity, and he used that advantage to land exactly the player he wanted to run his team in 2011. Pure point Kevin Pangos will arrive in Spokane with plenty of advance praise.
"Kevin Pangos never seemed to fly under the radar. The first time I had heard of Kevin he was already being compared to Steve Nash," wrote Zach Bell of The Slipper Still Fits. "(T)he 6'2" point guard has done his fair share to earn such praise. From averaging 15 points a game in the recent FIBA U-17 games and being named the top point guard in the tournament to becoming the youngest Canadian to ever compete in a senior men's international game; Kevin seems to fit the bill in terms of a big time point guard."
Whether Pangos gets the "next Nash" tag because of his otherworldly skills or his country of origin will be the true test. Few should be able to develop Pangos' already impressive skills with ease, because Pangos already has a reputation as an extremely coachable and hardworking player. He's expected to lead the team in every possible sense when he arrives on campus in 2011.