Gonzaga Men's Basketball Places Three On All-WCC Squad

Feb. 28, 2000

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - Gonzaga University placed Casey Calvary, Richie Frahm and Matt Santangelo on the All-West Coast Conference first team, and the Bulldogs' Mike Nilson was named the Defender of the Year as voted by the league's coaches and announced Monday.

Pepperdine, the West Coast Conference regular-season champion, joined the Bulldogs with three first-team selections.

Santangelo is back on the squad for the third straight year after being an honorable mention selection and Co-Freshman of the Year in 1997. Frahm is a two-time selection and Calvary made the first team after being an honorable mention selection last season.

Frahm is averaging a league-leading 17.2 ppg, and finished in a tie with USF's Darrell Tucker for the scoring lead in WCC games only at 16.9 ppg. Frahm leads the league in 3-point field goals with 90.

Santangelo is averaging 13.2 ppg, and leads the league in assists at 6.7 per game. Calvary is averaging 12.5 ppg and leads the WCC in blocked shots with 49 for 1.8 per game. Nilson was regularly assigned the opponents top offensive weapon and played a big role in the Bulldogs having the stingiest field goal defense in the league at 38.7 percent.

Pepperdine placed seniors Tezale Archie and Kelvin Gibbs plus sophomore Brandon Armstrong on the list for the first time.

San Francisco senior center Kenyon Jones earned the Player of the Year honor, becoming the first Don since Quintin Dailey in 1982 to sit atop the league. The league's rebounding leader (9.1 rpg) enters the WCC tournament ranked #2 in scoring (16.8) and #3 in field goal percentage (59.8%).

San Diego head coach Brad Holland gained his colleagues' approval as Coach of the Year for the second season in succession, the first time a head man won back-to-back awards since Pepperdine's Tom Asbury in '91 and '92.

Tucker, USF's freshman sensation, is the conference Freshman of the Year. By tieing Frahm for the WCC games scoring title, he became the first freshman to lead that category. He also gained a spot on the All-WCC first team, becoming the first freshman so honored since Greg Anthony played at Portland in 1987.

Only four players are making return trips to the All-WCC list, which this year features six seniors.

Name 		      School 	      HT  Pos  Yr    Hometown 		Notes
Tezale Archie Pepperdine 6-1 G Sr. Fresno, CA 9.8 ppg (#18), 5.8 assists (#2)
Brandon Armstrong Pepperdine 6-4 G So. Vallejo, CA 14.1 ppg (#5), 1.9 steals (#3)
Casey Calvary Gonzaga 6-8 F Jr. Tacoma, WA 12.5 ppg (#10), 6.0 rebs (#10), #1 blocks
Nathan Fast** Santa Clara 6-4 G Sr. Fresno, CA 14.7 ppg (#3), 82.4% FT (#2)
Richie Frahm**# Gonzaga 6-5 G Sr. Battle Ground, WA 17.2 ppg (#1), 41.7% 3PT (#1)
Kelvin Gibbs Pepperdine 6-6 F Sr. Bellflower, CA 9.5 ppg (#21), 7.2 rebs (#4)
Brian Jones**# Santa Clara 6-3 G Jr. Carson, CA 13.4 ppg (#7), 5.0 assists (#3), 2.1 spg
Kenyon Jones# San Francisco 6-10 C Sr. Savannah, GA 16.8 ppg (#2), 9.1 reb (#1), 59.8% FG
Matt Santangelo***# Gonzaga 6-1 G Sr. Portland, OR 13.2 ppg (#8), 6.7 assists (#1)
Darrell Tucker San Francisco 6-9 F Fr. Oakland, CA 13.5 ppg (#6), 16.9 ppg WCC (#1)

*Number of times All-WCC, #Unanimous choice

COACH OF THE YEAR - Brad Holland, San Diego
PLAYER OF THE YEAR - Kenyon Jones, San Francisco
DEFENDER OF THE YEAR - Mike Nilson, Gonzaga
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR - Darrell Tucker, San Francisco

Pepperdine: Tommie Prince, F, Sr., Nick Sheppard, C, Sr. Portland: Ryan Jones, G, So., Troy Collins, F, Sr. Saint Mary's: Frank Allocco, G, Sr. San Diego: Andre Laws, G, So, Tom Lippold, F, So.



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