Gonzaga guard Andrew Nembhard shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary’s in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Canadian guard Andrew Nembhard was named sixth man of the year by the West Coast Conference on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Young Kwak

Gonzaga guard Andrew Nembhard shoots during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Saint Mary’s in Spokane, Wash., Thursday, Feb. 18, 2021. Canadian guard Andrew Nembhard was named sixth man of the year by the West Coast Conference on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Young Kwak

Canada’s Andrew Nembhard picks up conference sixth man of the year

Canadian guard Andrew Nembhard was named sixth man of the year by the West Coast Conference on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old helped No. 1-ranked Gonzaga to an undefeated regular season, averaging 4.4 assists for fourth in the conference and 9.0 points a game. He’s ranked 11th in the NCAA in assist-to-turnover ratio (3.39).

The 24-0 Bulldogs are aiming to be the first NCAA Division I basketball team to go undefeated and win a national title since Indiana in 1976.

They almost swept the conference honours, winning four of five. Senior Corey Kispert collected player of the year, Mark Few earned coach of the year, and Jalen Suggs was named top rookie.

The six-foot-five Nembhard, from Aurora, Ont., transferred from Florida prior to the season, after starting all 67 games for the Gators in his two seasons there. He earned SEC all-freshman honours in the 2018-19 season at Florida, and then averaged 11.2 points and 5.6 assists in his sophomore year.

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