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Filip Petrusev Named to Wooden All-American Team

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The Gonzaga sophomore is one of 10 players to earn the honors.

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Gonzaga Bulldogs sophomore center Filip Petrusev was one of 10 players named to the Wooden All-American Team. He is the ninth Gonzaga player in history to earn the honors.

Petrusev led the Zags’ top scoring offense with 17.5 points per game. He was the focal point of the attack and a big reason why the Zags finished the season ranked No. 2 in the nation and a most-likely No. 1 seed in the non-existent NCAA Tournament.

He joins Udoka Azubuike (Kansas), Devon Dotson (Kansas), Malachi Flynn (San Diego State), Luka Garza (Iowa), Markus Howard (Marquette), Myles Powell (Seton Hall), Payton Pritchard (Oregon), Obi Toppin (Dayton), and Cassisus Winston (Michigan State) as this year’s Wooden squad.

Petrusev was also one of five finalists for the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award. That winner will be declared on April 10.

After seeing spot minutes as a freshman, Petrusev “tested the waters” of the NBA Draft about as loosely as possible. There wasn’t much of a worry about the Serbian product departing early. This year, the situation might be different. Petrusev established himself as one of the top scoring big men in the nation. Although he needs seasoning, that is what the NBA Draft process is for.

That said, today is not the normal start to April. COVID-19 has changed the landscape of the nation and has especially changed the landscape of sports. There is no guarantee at the moment there will even be a normal NBA Draft process. All of this is a long way of saying who knows if Petrusev will be back in a Gonzaga uniform next year.