Credit: Zuma press – Scanpix
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After five splendid seasons in Europe, former Gonzaga star Kevin Pangos has signed the first NBA contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Canadian guard has dominated overseas since turning pro in 2015, playing professionally for Gran Canaria (Spain), Zalgiris Kaunas (Lithuania), FC Barcelona (Spain), and Zenit Saint Petersburg (Russia).

Considered to be one of the top point guards in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague, the 28-year-old averaged a career-high 13.5 points and 6.6 assists with Zenit last season. He earned All-EuroLeague First Team honors and led his team to its first-ever playoff berth.

Moreover, the 1.88-meter athlete shot 39% from beyond the arc and made the most three-pointers (89) in EuroLeague play, while ranking third in assists per game and 18th in points per contest.

Pangos was an All-EuroLeague Second Team selection and helped Zalgiris Kaunas reach the 2018 EuroLeague Final Four – the first time in 20 years the Lithuanian club had been there. While overseas, Pangos has averaged double figures in three of his five seasons and averaged at least 3.2 assists every year.

Following four seasons at Gonzaga University, Pangos went undrafted in the 2015 NBA Draft. With the Bulldogs, the Ontario, Canada native earned First Team All-WCC all four seasons (2012-2015), appearing in 142 total games (141 starts) with career averages of 12.9 points, 2.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, and 1.3 steals in 33.1 minutes.

Additionally, Pangos left Gonzaga as the only player in program history with more than 1,700 points, 500 assists, and 150 steals and remains the Bulldogs' all-time leader in three-pointers made (322).

It’s unclear how Pangos will fit in with the Cavaliers, who already have three point guards in Darius GarlandCollin Sexton, and Ricky Rubio.

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