Three Cougs tabbed for All-Pac-12 Honors
SAN FRANCISCO – Ahead of the conference championship tournament, the Pac-12 Conference announced the postseason awards with Washington State earning three honors. Fifth-year Michael Flowers was named to the second team while freshman big Mouhamed Gueye was recognized with All-Freshman honors. Sophomore Efe Abogidi's prowess in the paint earned him an honorable mention nod to the All-Defensive Team. Flowers and Gueye were first time recipients while Abogidi earned his second award after taking home all-freshman honor last season.
In his first season in the Crimson and Gray and his first season in the Pac-12, Flowers proved himself among the elite talents in the conference. A floor general and a scorer, the fifth-year guard finished the regular season ninth in the conference in scoring averaging 14.2 points per game. He did much of his damage from the outside, leading the Pac-12 in three-point shooting at 2.9 per game on 38.9% shooting. In all he finished the regular season with 23 double-digit scoring efforts including eight 20-point games and the Cougs' lone 30-point night going for a season-high on the road in Seattle against the Huskies. While known for his scoring touch, Flowers proved himself a well-rounded guard adding 3.4 rebounds per game and a team-best 3.4 assists per game. His 2.14 a/t ratio ranked fifth in the conference as he ended the regular season with 105 assists to just 49 turnovers.
Arguably the best freshman in the class in his inaugural campaign, Gueye finished the year with five Pac-12 Freshman of the Week awards including taking home the final two of the season as the Cougs took on their Pacific Northwest rivals. Earning four of those awards in Pac-12 play, Gueye was at his best against his conference foes posting 8.8 ppg (51.7% shooting) and 5.6 rpg to go with 1.1 bpg. He posted 10 double-digit scoring games on the year including a career best 25-point career night in his first rivalry game against Washington. In addition, he led the way with three double-doubles including his first Pac-12 double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds against Stanford, Jan. 13. He would add a second going for 12 points and 11 rebounds against ASU, Feb. 12. In all, Gueye became the 14th Coug to earn all-freshman honors for his play on the court.
Continuing his presence as the protector in the middle for the Cougs on the defensive end of the floor, Abogidi earned his first all-defensive nod, becoming the first for WSU since Jervae Robinson also earned honorable mention honors in 2019-20. The anchor of the defense, Abogidi made the Cougs one of the elite units in Division I allowing just 65.3 points per game. With Abogidi in the middle WSU became the first Pac-12 team since Utah in 2014-15 to hold multiple conference opponents under 45 points in the same season. He ended the regular season with 1.71 blocks per game, 2nd among all shot blockers in the conference, while his 54 total blocks ranks sixth on the Cougs' all-time single season list. Additionally, he led the Cougs' rebounding efforts at 5.6 per game grabbing 20% of the rebounding chances on the defensive end.
The Cougars continue their season as they enter the 2022 Pac-12 Tournament as the No. 7 seed and take on No. 10 Cal, Wednesday, March 9 at 6 p.m. at Las Vegas's T-Mobile Arena.