The West Coast Conference announced their award selections on Tuesday. Gonzaga, as expected, swept them all. Rui Hachimura was named player of the year, Brandon Clarke was dubbed defensive player of the year and newcomer of the year, and of course, Mark Few was named Coach of the Year.
It was nearly impossible for Coach Few to select between Rui and Clarke as his team nomination for player of the year, and there were rumblings that perhaps the two of them would split the award. In the end, it was Hachimura who came away with the honors. The Julius Erving Award finalist averaged 20.6 points and ranks in the top 20 nationally in field goal percentage.
Brandon Clarke, in his first season since transferring from San Jose State, averaged 16.6 points and 8.5 rebounds on 69.9 percent shooting. Him and Hachimura have scored in double figures every game this season. On the defensive end, his 99 blocked shots are a Gonzaga single season record.
Mark Few is now a ridiculous 276-30 all-time in WCC play. He is the only coach in conference history to surpass 200, 250 and 275 league wins.
Hachimura, Clarke, Josh Perkins, and Zach Norvell Jr. were all first-team WCC selections. For Perkins and Hachimura, it is their second first-team selection of their career. Filip Petrusev was named to the All-Freshman team.
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