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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed May 11, 2016 11:33 am

DoubleDipper wrote:GU has already reloaded at the PF spot with 3 guys coming in......
One of those three, and apparently only the 5th Japanese player to play D1 basketball, has qualified academically, and will arrive in Spokane any day now:

"Rui Hachimura will enroll at Gonzaga in time for 2016-17 season"

http://www.slipperstillfitsa.com/2016/5/11/11657118/rui-hachimura-will-enroll-at-gonzaga-in-time-for-2016-17-season
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Post by up7587 on Tue May 24, 2016 3:21 pm

@pkarnowski wrote:After talking with my family and coaches I am happy to announce that I will be back for one more year with @ZagMBB #letsdoit #ZagUp
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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue May 24, 2016 4:37 pm

up7587 wrote:
@pkarnowski wrote:After talking with my family and coaches I am happy to announce that I will be back for one more year with @ZagMBB #letsdoit #ZagUp
That is very good news, and really the best decision IMO.

Karno will continue get professional training and medical care in Spokane as he recovers from his back surgery, and with some luck and a reasonably good year on the court he should recover enough to play professionally......and barring that, he should at least lead a "normal 7-1 life" upon his recovery.
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Post by Geezaldinho on Tue May 24, 2016 4:50 pm

Are you Karno's dad?
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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:04 pm

Not unexpected, but guard Jordan Mathews will transfer to GU for his final year of eligibility after graduating from Cal.....

Interesting how GU has become the landing spot for a number of outstanding transfers in recent years.

http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2016/6/24/11826052/cal-jordan-mathews-transfers-to-gonzaga
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Post by up7587 on Fri Oct 14, 2016 3:54 pm

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Post by up7587 on Tue Apr 11, 2017 6:24 pm

WRV mentioned this on the 2017 recruiting thread. Zach Collins is a one-and-done. http://www.sbnation.com/gonzaga-zach-collins-2017-nba-draft-projection-lottery-pick
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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:12 pm

@SportsCenter wrote:This Just In: Nigel Williams-Goss will enter the NBA draft and sign with an agent.  
Sorry to see him go because he's good for GU and good for the WCC, but I understand.....
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Post by up7587 on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:46 pm

The draft is going to be interesting this year. I heard one report that Collins may have to play D-league for a year. Wonder who else might be outside looking in?
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Post by DoubleDipper on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:54 pm

up7587 wrote:The draft is going to be interesting this year. I heard one report that Collins may have to play D-league for a year. Wonder who else might be outside looking in?
Mrs. DD and I were discussing the same thing.  There are going to be a lot of college dropouts entering the job market in the next couple of months, and some are going to be disappointed....
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Post by FloridaPilot on Tue Apr 18, 2017 4:58 pm

One such player that has many South Carolinians scratching their heads is PJ Dozier. But, D-League salaries are on the rise so you can actually make a living off of it so I have heard.

When your choice is NCAA-style uncompensated labor or make money playing basketball then the decision seems a bit more clear for some of these kids.
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Post by up7587 on Tue Apr 18, 2017 5:38 pm

On the other hand, Grayson Allen is returning to Duke. Must be he wants that coveted Duke diploma. And all the love he gets at road games. Rolling Eyes
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Post by up7587 on Thu Jun 22, 2017 7:47 pm

up7587 wrote:The draft is going to be interesting this year. I heard one report that Collins may have to play D-league for a year. Wonder who else might be outside looking in?

Well, that was a bogus speculation. Collins goes #10 in the NBA draft, and the Trailblazers traded up to get him.

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Post by up7587 on Wed Mar 21, 2018 5:54 pm

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Post by DoubleDipper on Wed Mar 21, 2018 10:11 pm

From the article, "The 2017-18 Bulldogs roster featured eight players who have redshirted. That’s down from 11 on last season’s national runner-up squad."

Rev rarely redshirted players, and usually left the decision to redshirt up to the player, but TP and his staff have a different approach. For them it is ideal to have one transfer and one or two freshman redshirt each season to gain the maturity, strength, and one year of practice before taking to the court....without wasting a year sitting on the bench.

Generally, TP probably won't have a rotation beyond 8 players, and with a couple of walk-ons (this coming season there will be at least 4) and 2 or 3 redshirts, you've got plenty of practice players, thereby really cutting down on the wear and tear on the starters over the course of the season.

There is no doubt that Taki and Hugh would have rarely gotten off the bench this last season had they not redshirted, and there's no doubt in my mind that Josh Phillips will redshirt this coming season,...and I bet there will be at least one more new players who will do the same.
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Post by FloridaPilot on Sat Mar 24, 2018 5:53 pm

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Post by DoubleDipper on Sat Jun 02, 2018 2:04 pm

Jesse Wade, the top high school recruit in Utah in 2015, prior to his 2-year LDS mission, has decided to leave the team.

Jesse played minimal minutes in 20 games this past season as a freshman, but was thought to be one of the stars of the future in Spokane.  My guess is he'll end up closer to home, but I would imagine one of the conditions of his release is he will not be allowed to go to BYU, or any other WCC school.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jul 06, 2018 3:43 pm

Some may recall the "tune-up" game in Spokane GU had against North Dakota last December that ended up going to overtime with the Zags finally pulling out the win.

In that game UND's Geno Crandall, a 6-4/180 guard, scored 28 points, and for the season he shot 48% from the floor.

I don't know if GU will face UND again this season, but this time Crandall will be wearing a Gonzaga uniform after signing with them as a grad-transfer.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Fri Jul 13, 2018 3:49 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Jesse Wade, the top high school recruit in Utah in 2015, prior to his 2-year LDS mission, has decided to leave the team.

Jesse played minimal minutes in 20 games this past season as a freshman, but was thought to be one of the stars of the future in Spokane.  My guess is he'll end up closer to home, but I would imagine one of the conditions of his release is he will not be allowed to go to BYU, or any other WCC school.
Well, the new "unrestricted" NCAA rules have changed the transfer landscape as schools can no longer prohibit a transfer from going to a specific school or conference....everyone is pretty much a free-agent, but still must sit one year per NCAA rules.

Jesse Wade and his wife have decided to transfer from Gonzaga to BYU!

It's a new era for intra-conference transferring.
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Post by up7587 on Thu Jun 20, 2019 10:42 pm

Zags had two players drafted in the 1st round of the NBA draft.
Washington took Hachimura with the 9th pick. Memphis took Clarke with he 21st pick.
Interestingly, one draft analyst rates Hachimura as a 'D' and Clarke as an 'A+'.
www.sbnation.com/nba/2019/nba-draft-grades-2019-first-round
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Post by up7587 on Fri Jun 21, 2019 5:36 pm

Zach Norvell Jr was undrafted.
@slipperstillfits wrote:Zach Norvell reportedly signed a two-way contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after going undrafted last night.
 Seems a two-way contract is basically a minor league contract that can be converted to a standard contract if the player develops.  Meanwhile, the teams retains rights to that player.
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Post by DoubleDipper on Sun Jun 23, 2019 8:44 pm

Gonzaga picked up grad-transfer Ryan Woolridge as its PG for next season.  Woolridge, initially signed with USD out of high school in 2015, but transferred to North Texas before ever suiting-up for the Toreros.

Last season in Hawaii, Woolridge scored 22 and dished out 8 assists against the Pilots in North Texas' 78-73 win.
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