THE BLOG
12/29/2014 01:52 pm ET Updated Feb 28, 2015

Wood, Pangos Named NetScouts Basketball Players of the Week

Ethan Miller via Getty Images

UNLV handed Arizona its first loss of the season and followed it with a blowout win over Southern Utah. Christian Wood recorded a pair of 20-10 performances and has been named NetScouts Basketball's National Player of the Week for games from December 22nd to December 28th.

The Palmdale, Calif. native started with a career-high 24 points on 10-of-17 shooting to go with 10 rebounds in a home win over Arizona. After setting a career-high in scoring, the 6-foot-11 sophomore grabbed a career-high 14 rebounds in a 79-45 victory against Southern Utah. He added 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting and five blocks. On the week, Wood averaged 23.0 points, 12.0 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks per game while shooting 65.5 percent (19-of-29) from the field.

Wood has had a breakout sophomore season after averaging just 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds per game as a freshman. He's boosted those numbers to 14.6 points and 10.0 boards as UNLV is 9-3 on the season. The Rebels begin conference play at Wyoming on Wednesday and look like possible Mountain West contenders if the young squad can show consistency.

Kevin Pangos has been a vital contributor for Gonzaga over the past four seasons and came in clutch once again in an 87-80 win at BYU. The Holland Landing, Ontario native has been named NetScouts Basketball's International Player of the Week for games from December 22nd to December 28th.

The 6-foot-2 point guard scored 21 points against BYU while shooting 6-of-11 from the field and 5-of-8 from three-point range. He added seven assists, two rebounds, two steals, and just one turnover in 38 minutes of action.

Gonzaga improved to 12-1 on the year as the Bulldogs look like Final Four candidates. Pangos has had his scoring numbers dip to 11.6 points per game, but he has the best assist-turnover ratio of his career (4.3:1). After falling to Arizona in overtime earlier this season, Gonzaga has a chance to run the table the rest of the regular season.Wood,

Carl Berman is Managing Partner of NetScouts Basketball.