The University of San Francisco heads into Las Vegas this weekend as the No. 4 seed in the West Coast Conference Tournament, and they’ll be armed with two of the league’s best.
Senior point guard Frankie Ferrari has earned his second straight All-WCC First-Team nod, the league announced on Tuesday, and redshirt sophomore Charles Minlend, two years removed from being named to the league’s All-Freshman team, has earned himself a spot on the All-WCC Second Team.
No. 1 Gonzaga swept the individual awards for the conference, with Rui Hachimura earning Player of the Year honors, Brandon Clarke winning both the Defensive Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year and head coahc Mark Few earning Coach of the Year.
Ferrari, with his second nod, becomes the first Dons player to earn first team honors in back-to-back years since Cole Dickerson did it in 2014 and ’15. The Burlingame, Calif., native is averaging 14.8 points per game, while shooting 43.4 percent from the field. He currently ranks 16th in all of Division I college basketball in assist-to-turnover ratio at 2.98, and his 5.6 assists per game rank 34th.
In WCC play, Ferrari led the team in scoring with 16.1 points per game, while shooting 44.9 percent from the field and 46.5 percent from 3-point range. For the second straight year, Ferrari has scored 400 or more points and dished out 150 or more assists (167). He joins San Francisco Hall of Famers Orlando Smart and Chubby Cox as the only players in program history to do so, and against Santa Clara two weeks ago, he became the 36th men’s player in school history to score 1,000 career points.
Minlend, coming off of a redshirt year during which he rehabbed a torn shoulder labrum, led the team in scoring for much of the season, finishing second to Ferrari with 14.5 points per game. He scored in double figures 25 times this season, including a stretch of 21 straight games.
In Las Vegas for the WCC Tournament, the Dons (21-9, 9-7 WCC) will take on the winner of LMU vs. Pepperdine/Pacific on Saturday at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN2.