Q&A: Canadian PG Kevin Pangos


204666[1]I recently had the chance to speak with Canadian PG prospect Kevin Pangos. Kevin isn’t sure yet whether he’ll be in the class of 2011 or 2012, but said the decision should be made sometime around October. Regardless of which class he joins, Pangos has a scholarship offer and is high on Michigan’s recruiting board.

Describe your game. I’m a point guard and I have a good basketball I.Q. That’s probably my strength. I can shoot the ball pretty well, too. I try to be a good leader on most of the teams that I’m on and try to be steady, not too up or too down. And mostly that’s it, just try to stay calm on the court.

What schools have shown interest in you? Michigan, of course, Gonzaga, Cincinnati, UNLV, Notre Dame, Stanford, Marquette, Boston College… I’m forgetting a couple.

Any offers? I have four offers: UNLV, Michigan, Cincinnati and Gonzaga.

Is this your first year playing AAU ball? Yeah, I just got back from Vegas. Pretty much. I’ve gone to two AAU tournaments before, one when I was really young in Indiana and another one last summer, but it wasn’t a big tournament. So basically, this is my first summer on the AAU circuit and my first tournament was Vegas.

What did you think? It’s crazy. There are a lot of teams, a lot of good teams. It’s very competitive obviously because it’s such a big tournament and everyone wants to win. But it was great seeing all the coaches come out to the games and it was a lot of fun.

You think you’ve played pretty well? In Vegas, I didn’t think I played my best, I think I played alright. I haven’t done like I was hoping to, but this summer in Germany I played pretty well (Ed: Canada finished 3rd in the FIBA U17 championships and Pangos avg’d 15.8 points and 4.1 assists per game & made the all-tournament team.).

There’s been some confusion as to what graduating class you’ll be a part of. Any news? I’m not sure yet. I’m talking to a lot of people and I haven’t really come to a conclusion yet. I’m going to make my decision sometime in the beginning of the school year, so that I know what I’m doing, just to make things easier on myself and the coaches who are contacting me.

Where would you put Michigan out of the schools that have offered you? I’m not going to rank them right now, but Michigan is definitely up at the top. They’ve shown a lot of interest, they’re close by, coach Beilein is a great coach and Michigan is a great school. The construction over there is crazy right now, I hear, so they’re putting money in their facilities and all that. So, definitely Michigan is up at the top for me, so we’ll see. They’re definitely a good option for me.

What is it you like about coach Beilein? I like the way he deals with his players. I was watching their games on TV and he seems like he gets along with them and has good relationships with them. His system is great–he lets his guys play but it’s a structured system as well. And just talking to him, he seems like a good guy, easy to talk to and easy to get along with.

How would you fit into Michigan’s offense? I think I’d do alright. I know that they like to shoot the 3, and that’s one of my strengths. He lets them run, he lets them play the game of basketball, which is one of my strengths, just creating and finding open teammates.

Any aspect of your game you’re trying to improve right now? I’m trying to be more of a slasher, more aggressive, in order to put more pressure on the defense. As a point guard, if you can get in the paint and either be a threat to score or a threat to make plays for other players, you’ll be hard to stop.

Any player you’re compared to? A little bit of Steve Nash (laughs), but that’s kind of overblown a bit. Basically, Steve Nash is Canadian and he’s a point guard, so that’s the only one, really.

What ultimately goes into your decision? Location is nice, but it’s not the big point, that’s just a factor. Style of play, who I’m going to be playing with, coaching stability, academics as well. I just want to go to a spot where they’ll respect me as a person and a player, where they’ll be fair and everything like that and I’ll get my opportunity to play and show what I can do and improve for the future.

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  • Brian W

    Nice interview. Hopefully he can visit U-M this fall.

    This Rivals article says that Michael Frazier, a 2012 shooting guard, has an offer from Michigan. It sounds like he’s playing well in Orlando…


  • gordie bell

    Is Pangos hoping another year of HS ball will get him the offer he truly covets, whoever it may be? Why play another year of HS ball if you like Michigan and they have offered?

  • Brian W

    Rivals is also listing Marcus Paige (PG) with a Michigan offer. GoBlueWolverine has an interview with him too.


  • First time that I’ve seen Michael Frazier’s name. We are trying to get an interview with Paige.

  • Well done.

  • Mark

    Because it is probably a scenario similar to graduating in December so that you can enroll in January and play in Spring Football instead of waiting until August.

    Some kids want to do that, but most enjoy their senior year. I assume if he is going to be part of the 2011 class, it would mean that he has to take extra classes to get done early.

  • Or is he a prep school candidate? Not because of grades, just because he wants to develop more? I don’t know anything, and am not suggesting anything, these are just general questions.

  • Colby

    Two questions: Is Eric Katenda playing AAU this summer? And will Jordan Morgan be ready for the start of the season? Thanks

  • Section13Row15

    Michael Frazier looks pretty legit. We like 4 stars from Florida…does he play on the same AAU team that Hardaway Jr. played for?

  • TheYooper

    Could somebody explain to me the whole “MSU Legacy Recruit” thing? It’s been brought up several times while talking about Denzel Valentine, and I don’t think I fully understand it.

  • Ben

    First regarding Pangos, IN Canada we are allowed to take an extra year of hich school, kind of like a 5th year senior because not everyone has the classes or the maturity to go to university at 17 or 18 years old. Alot of kids over here stay for their 5th year so thats is why he can be a 2011 or 2012 recruit. He may just want to develop his game more before coming to university.

    Denzel Valentine’s father played at MSU thats why he is a legacy recruit and if MSU offers him it would probably be an instant commit for them. I would rather have J hawkins and he has said several times that michigan leads

    Hope that clears some things up

  • MHoops1

    TheYooper–Denzel’s father, Carlton Valentine, played at MSU while Jud heathcote was the HC and Tom Izzo was an assistant.

    Colby–Kaenda has been out since mid-spring, first with appendicitis and then with tendonitis.

    Section13–No, Hardaway actually played for the Chicago-based Mac Irvin Fire for most of last spring/summer.

    Musket–I’m pretty sure he won’t go to prep school–I believe he plays in high school for his father. The issue seems to be whether he thinks he would play right away as an ’11 at his school(s) of choice and/or whether, if he wouldn’t, he should redshirt or reclassify.

  • TheYooper

    Thanks for clearing that up, I wasn’t aware of that.

  • Brian W

    Carlton Brundidge played for the Detroit Fire at the AAU Nationals…


    Michigan was in the crowd to watch Marcus Paige at the AAU Nationals…


    A story on Robbie Hummel’s recovery from surgery. I always want U-M to beat Purdue, but I do like Hummel…


    Big Ten Network is adding six shows to its fall lineup…


  • Bluebufoon

    I thought Pangos decision was red-shirt at the college of his choice, start his college career on schedule or attend a Prep School. Don’t believe staying at his Canadian high school is going to happen. Plus Pangos father coaches the women’s team at York University.

    Remains to be seen if Pangos and his Dad will visit Gonzaga as rumored in early August ?

  • Bluebufoon

    From previous edition of Sports Illustrated on Pangos:

    “Pangos no longer shoots exactly like Nash (from the side), either, nor does he wear No. 13 with any regularity (he was No. 6 in the Jordan Game, and No. 4 on his provincial team). And he’s far more exposed, as a recruit, than Nash ever was: A major part of the Nash legend is that he wasn’t actively pursued by U.S. colleges, with Santa Clara being the only school that bit on the game footage that his high school coach sent out in hopes of luring scholarship offers. Pangos is already being chased by Syracuse (Rautins’ alma mater), Gonzaga (whose roster is stocked with Canadians), Michigan and Cincinnati, in addition to Santa Clara. Because Canadian players often reclassify class years when jumping to the U.S. educational system, he’ll be faced with the decision of either doing one prep-school season in the U.S., which would put him in the Class of 2012, or jumping straight to college after his senior year at Dr. Denison, which would put him in the Class of 2011.”


  • Bluebufoon

    Gonzaga taking another guard– Does this affrect Pangos ?

    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: ESPN Insider is the best bargain in college hoops subscription services out there.
    Gonzaga’s consistent performance over the past several years has put the team in a position to land some big-time recruits. But they still can’t churn out top-10 classes every year the way that schools like Kansas, Syracuse and Kentucky can. As a result, the Zags still need to find their fair share of sleepers.

    They may very well have found one in 2011 point guard commit Kyle Dranginis. ESPN Recruiting’s Joel Francisco writes that after seeing Dranginis play last week at the Fab 48 and adidas Super 64 event, he thinks the 6-foot-5 point guard might be “the best kept secret out West.” Francisco adds: “The rangy combo-guard doesn’t have great quickness, but he has tremendous savvy as well as a feathery touch out to 23 feet.”

    That description does sound like the type of sleeper that can help the Zags out big time in 2011. If Coach Mark Few can add a few more like Dranginis, along with the occasional blue-chip prospect, he’ll be able keep the program humming right along out in Spokane.

  • MHoops1

    Musket, Bluebufoon–Sorry, I was wrong about Pangos. I should have checked rather than relying on (obviously faulty) memory. Thanks, Blue, for the catch.

  • Bluebufoon

    The above post was lifted from a Gonzaga message board

  • Brian W

    I hope U-M gets Pangos, but I must say that I like the strategy that Beilein and the coaches are taking in their quest for a 2012 point guard. It seems like they’re in on a bunch of ’em. After the TZ situation last year, I like the idea of going after several talented players with similar qualities and trying to land one of them instead of concentrating on the one guy. That’s sorta why I’m not getting attached to one particular guard prospect (Yogi, Pangos, Balentine, Paige, etc.). I’ll be satisfied with pretty much any of them. I just want someone who can play the position well and wants to be a Wolverine.

  • Dylan

    Michigan is rolling three deep (most coaches allowed at one game) watching Yogi Ferrell right now.

  • Dylan

    Now they are rolling three deep to watch the Eric Gordon 15U squad that includes Zak Irvin, Devin Davis, and Basil Smotherman.

  • Colby

    MHoops, what is your opinion on the 11 class? Will JB just take one more and save the ship?

    It does not seem like many 11 recruits are mentioning us or saying they are hearing from us and no new names have emerged. Would be interested to hear your thoughts.

  • Keep up the great work guys. Does it seem we are chasing harder after the 2012 kids than we are with the 2011 kids? Could we only go with CB in 2011 and have 4 ships for 2012?? I would be surprised by that.

  • Kenny

    Waldo78, I was wondering the same things and guess that they are waiting for spring to catch some late bloomers.

  • Troy

    No answer to the question if Morgan was going to be ready to play this fall….?

  • Sam

    As far as I have heard, Morgan should be full go by the beginning of the season. I can’t remember exactly when he should be on track to be 100%, but I’m almost certain that he should be fine by November.