Heytvelt, Bouldin Earn All-WCC First-Team Accolades

March 2, 2009

SAN BRUNO, Calif. - All-West Coast Conference first-team men's basketball selections Josh Heytvelt and Matt Bouldin were among five Gonzaga University honorees announced Monday as selected by the conference coaches.

Senior Jeremy Pargo and sophomores Austin Daye and Steven Gray received honorable mention recognition.

For the first time in nine years a Bulldog is not the Player of the Year, the coaches voting for John Bryant of Santa Clara University. Pargo was the reigning WCC Player of the Year, the eighth straight Gonzaga player so honored. Diamon Simpson of Saint Mary's College is the Defensive Player of the Year; T.J. Campbell of the University of Portland and Kevin Foster of SCU are the Co-Newcomer of the Year, and Eric Reveno of Portland is the Coach of the Year. It's the first time since the 1998-99 season a Bulldog has not won at least one of the major awards.

Gonzaga University went 14-0 for the third time in the last nine seasons, and the balance of the team was reflected in the statistics. Heytvelt, a senior from Clarkston, Wash., who is in graduate school, averaged a team-high 15.3 ppg for sixth overall in the WCC, grabbed 6.8 rpg for seventh and shot 55.0 percent from the field for third in all games. He capped the year with an amazing run that saw him set his career-high with 28 points against Pepperdine University and then come back five days later and set it again with 29 at SCU the final weekend of the WCC season. He had four double-doubles. In WCC games he averaged 16.0 ppg to rank fourth and 6.8 rpg to rank eighth. He was also third overall in field goal percentage (55.0 percent) and second in WCC games (56.6 percent).



Bouldin, a junior who hails from Highlands Ranch, Colo., was perhaps the Bulldogs most consistent performer this season, and carried the team in WCC play. He averaged 13.4 ppg overall but 15.4 ppg in WCC games, ranking ninth overall and fifth in WCC play. He was fifth in assists at 3.1/game and averaged 3.7 in WCC action for to tie for second. He was also among the top 10 in field goal percentage. He ranks fourth in 3-point field goal percentage for all games at 43.1 (44-for-102) and third in WCC games at 49.1 percent (28-for-57). He led the conference in WCC play in assist-to-turnover ratio with a 2.36.

Pargo, a senior from Chicago, Ill., was 21st in scoring in the WCC for all games at 9.7 ppg and was 19th in WCC play at 10.1 ppg. But Pargo didn't have to a big scorer to make his impact felt. He was first in the WCC in assists with 5.0/game, second in assist-to-turnover ratio at 1.9 and tied for seventh in steals with 1.4/game overall but finished third in WCC play with 1.6/game.

Daye, a sophomore from Irvine, Calif., was 13th in all games in scoring with 12.7 ppg, was sixth in rebounding with a team-high 6.9 rpg and was second in blocked shots with 2.1.

Gray, a sophomore from Bainbridge, Wash., who joined Daye on the All-Freshman team a year ago, was 23rd in scoring in all games with 9.3 ppg and was ninth in 3-point field goals made/game with 1.5.

The Bulldogs have one regular-season game remaining Tuesday when USC Upstate from Spartanburg, S.C., visits the McCarthey Athletic Center for Senior Night at 6 p.m. Heytvelt, Pargo, Micah Downs, Andrew Sorenson and Ira Brown will play their final home game. All five are expected to start.

2009 All-West Coast Conference Honors

Player of the Year - John Bryant, SCU

Defensive Player of the Year - Diamon Simpson, SMC

Co-Newcomer of the Year - T.J. Campbell, POR; Kevin Foster, SCU

Coach of the Year - Eric Reveno, POR

All-WCC First Team

Matt Bouldin, GON, JR, G
John Bryant, SCU, SR, C
T.J. Campbell, POR, JR, G
Josh Heytvelt, GON, SR, C
Dior Lowhorn, USF, JR, F
Patrick Mills, SMC, SO, G
Gyno Pomare, USD, SR, F/C
Nik Raivio, POR, JR, G
Omar Samhan, SMC, JR, C
Diamon Simpson, SMC, SR, F

Honorable Mention

Austin Daye, GON
Kevin Foster, SCU
Steven Gray, GON
Jeremy Pargo, GON
Robin Smeulders, POR
Jared Stohl, POR

All-WCC Freshman Team

Keion Bell, Pepperdine, Guard
Jared DuBois, Loyola Marymount, Guard
Kevin Foster, Santa Clara, Guard
James Rahon, Santa Clara, Guard
Marc Trasolini, Santa Clara, Forward

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