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Flowers, Gueye, Abogidi pick up All-Pac-12 honors

Fifth-year player Michael Flowers leads the way for WSU.

PULLMAN, WA - MARCH 5: Washington State Cougars Men’s Basketball versus the University of Oregon Ducks at Beasley Coliseum - Washington State guard Michael Flowers (12) Jack Ellis/CougCenter

On the eve of the Pac-12 Tournament tipping off in Sin City, the conference took the opportunity to announce their annual postseason honors, as voted by the coaches. WSU was shut out of the major awards, mostly because Arizona won five of the six honors, with Stanford’s Harrison Ingram bringing home the sixth for freshman of the year. Despite that, a trio of WSU players did pick up honors.

That group was led by the team’s breakout star of the season, fifth-year transfer Michael Flowers who was named to the all-conference second team. The guard made the most of his only season on the Palouse. The transfer from South Alabama finished ninth in the Pac-12, averaging more than 14 points per game. He also led the conference in three-point shooting with nearly 3 per game on 39% shooting. He also quickly picked up the role of locker room leader in his short tenure in the crimson and gray. Nothing showed just how much he was loved like the team’s reaction to him during Saturday’s senior day ceremony.

Another first-year WSU star, Mouhamed Gueye, was also recognized by the conference Tuesday. While he did fall short of the conference’s freshman of the year honor, the five-time freshman of the week was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Gueye entered WSU as one of the top-ranked recruits in program history, and he showed his potential all season long and kicked things into gear once conference play started. The freshman scored nearly 9 points per game on 52% shooting while pulling down 5.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks. With the all-freshman honor, Gueye becomes the 14th WSU player to make the list and the first since... Well... Some guy named Efe Abogidi last season.

Speaking of Abogidi, WSU’s sophomore star picked up more honors this season, getting the nod for the Pac-12 all-defense honorable mention. As a team, WSU was one of the best defensive teams in the nation, allowing just over 65 points per game, and Abogidi was a major part of that. He finished second in the Pac-12 with 1.7 blocks per game and, with 54 total blocks, currently ranks sixth in WSU’s all-time single season record book.

Of course, Abogidi and the rest of the Cougs still have at least one more chance to add to their totals. They’ll tip-off Pac-12 Tournament play as a 7 seed later tonight against Cal at 6 p.m. in Las Vegas. With a win, they will face off with UCLA Thursday night. Both games will be broadcast on the Pac-12 Network with the one and only Bill Walton on the call alongside Ted Robinson.

Men’s Basketball Links

Three Cougs tabbed for All-Pac-12 Honors - Washington State University Athletics
Ahead of the conference championship tournament, the Pac-12 Conference announced the postseason awards with Washington State earning three honors.

2021-22 Pac-12 Men's Basketball All-Conference honors and Annual Performance Awards, presented by Nextiva | Pac-12
Following a record-setting regular season, ARIZONA claimed five of the six major Pac-12 Men's Basketball awards in a vote of the 12 Conference coaches.

'Maybe we have something going here': Seventh-seeded Washington State opens Pac-12 Tournament with momentum | The Spokesman-Review
LAS VEGAS – Last season, a team from the middle of the pack caught fire at the right time and made a surprise run through the Pac-12 Tournament.

Football

Jake Dickert and the Cougs have unveiled their spring football schedule. Practice will start on March 23 and continue every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday after that, capping off with the Crimson and Gray Game in Pullman on April 23 at 3 p.m. on the Pac-12 Network.

Cougars Ready for 2022 Spring Practice - Washington State University Athletics
The Washington State University football team will begin its spring practice schedule, Wednesday, March 23, the first of 15 practice dates that conclude April 23 with the annual Crimson and Gray Game at Gesa Field.

Washington State announces spring football camp schedule | The Spokesman-Review
PULLMAN – Washington State’s football team will conduct 14 practice sessions in March and April and wrap up its first camp under coach Jake Dickert with the spring game on April 23, the Cougars’ athletic department announced Wednesday.