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BYU star Shaylee Gonzales one of 10 semifinalists for Mid-Major Player of the Year

The award is called after Becky Hammon, star faculty basketball participant and present coach of the Las Vegas Aces.

(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) BYU guard Shaylee Gonzales (2)runs the offense for the Cougars, as Pepperdine Waves ahead Kendyl Carson (22) defends, in ladies’s basketball motion between the BYU Cougars and the Pepperdine Waves, on the Marriott Middle in Provo, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. Judkins scored his 450th win tonight.

Shaylee Gonzales is arguably one of the best participant on one of the best ladies’s basketball crew within the West Coast Convention. The BYU sophomore is second within the convention in scoring and steals, third in area objective proportion and assists, and is tied with one different participant for essentially the most 20-point video games this season.

However Gonzales is definitely not one to soak within the reward, or the a number of instances she’s been named WCC Participant of the Week, or the nationwide watch lists on which she seems.

“She doesn’t need all that stuff,” coach Jeff Judkins advised The Salt Lake Tribune. “She doesn’t need that stuff being introduced as much as the crew. She doesn’t wish to destroy what the crew has and have any person really feel that she’s getting further remedy or further … publicity.”

Need it or not, Gonzales is getting loads of publicity through the 2021-22 season. This week, she was named amongst 10 semifinalists for the Becky Hammon Mid-Main Participant of the 12 months Award.

Gonzales was averaging 18.8 factors, 4.5 assists, 5.4 rebounds and a couple of.3 steals per sport getting into this week. She had helped the Cougars to a 23-2 file and a 13-1 mark in convention play.

However Gonzales isn’t simply among the many high performers within the WCC. She is also throughout the high 60 gamers all of Division I ladies’s basketball. She’s thirty fifth in factors per sport, forty sixth in area objective proportion (51.6%) and 58th in steals per sport.

Gonzales made the third minimize of Becky Hammon award. In October, the watch checklist was 25 gamers deep. That checklist was whittled down to fifteen in January. The 5 finalists might be introduced in early March, with the winner being unveiled someday through the Closing 4.

The opposite 9 semifinalists for the award are: Dyaisha Truthful, Buffalo; Jasmine Dickey, Delaware; Kierstan Bell, Florida Gulf Coast College; Macee Williams, Indiana College–Purdue College Indianapolis; Sam Breen, Massachusetts; Katelyn Younger, Murray State; Abby Meyers, Princeton; Stephanie Visscher, Stephen F. Austin; and Meral Abdelgawad, Western Kentucky.

Judkins mentioned Gonzales is such a humble participant that when she has gained WCC Participant of the Week prior to now, she doesn’t even need it introduced to the remainder of her teammates. She merely needs to be remembered as a winner and go so far as doable within the NCAA Event, he mentioned.

Gonzales has had a number of signature moments this season. She scored a career-high 35 factors earlier this month. She caught an outlet move along with her left hand and completed a layup whereas by no means placing the ball on the ground. She is of course right-handed. She additionally so occurs to be a profitable entrepreneur off the courtroom.

Judkins as a result of there’s “no query” Gonzales ought to be named the WCC Participant of the 12 months. A primary-team choice appears inevitable as effectively.

The longtime BYU coach, who’s genuinely operating out of issues to say about his star participant, additionally thinks Gonzales ought to be acknowledged on the Becky Hammon award’s bigger scale.

“I do know I’m biased, however I don’t know if there’s a mid-major participant higher than her. I simply don’t,” Judkins mentioned. “I haven’t seen one. I watch plenty of video games and I haven’t seen it. So hopefully she receives that. She deserves it.”