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It was a tough decision between Blake Stepp and Ronny Turiaf, but Zags Hoops has chosen the 6'5" junior guard as its MVP during a tough pre-WCC schedule.
During a pivotal three-game stretch that saw Washington, Montana and Washington State give the Zags their best shots, Blake rang up 33, 22 and 34 points, respectively. No other Zag has come within 10 points of his season high of 34.
In a game against Long Beach State, Stepp dished an amazing 16 assists to shatter the school record of 13 jointly held by such legends as NBA career assist leader John Stockton and Matt Santangelo.
Ealier, in the Maui Classic, Blake took over against Big-Ten favorite Indiana and almost single-handedly brought the Bulldogs back from 17 down to within 1 point.
Stepp's 3-pointer against Eastern Washington put Gonzaga in the lead for the first time with under a minute to go for the eventual win.
Even Dick Vitale included Blake in his "Best of the Week" column at ESPN.com.
Without a deadly scoring threat like Dickau to team with this year in the backcourt, Blake is now the focus of opposing team's perimeter defense, yet he still averages better than 15 points per game. With very few exceptions, he has risen to the challenge, leaving us to believe that his best games have yet to be played.
Good luck to Blake Stepp and congratulations on a fine preconference performance.