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Post by DoubleDipper Thu Apr 21, 2022 11:19 pm

It is no surprise to anyone that 7-1 freshman Chet Holmgren, a potential #1 or #2 pick, has declared for the draft, and will not return to GU.
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Post by up7587 Mon Apr 25, 2022 6:49 pm

Andrew Nembhard applied for the NBA draft. It's apparently his 3rd time, and means he has no option to return to GU.

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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Apr 25, 2022 9:21 pm

up7587 wrote:Andrew Nembhard applied for the NBA draft.  It's apparently his 3rd time, and means he has no option to return to GU.
Usually after the moves we've seen at GU you'd be inclined to call next year a "rebuild" year, but just like at St. Mary's, that just never seems to be the case at GU.
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Post by Geezaldinho Mon Apr 25, 2022 11:34 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:It is no surprise to anyone that 7-1 freshman Chet Holmgren, a potential #1 or #2 pick, has declared for the draft, and will not return to GU.

Great talent. He’s not ready to bang in the pros.
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Post by DoubleDipper Tue Apr 26, 2022 9:40 am

Geezaldinho wrote:
DoubleDipper wrote:It is no surprise to anyone that 7-1 freshman Chet Holmgren, a potential #1 or #2 pick, has declared for the draft, and will not return to GU.

Great talent. He’s not ready to bang in the pros.
It has been said from the beginning that Holmgren would be great in college but too skinny for the NBA.

I doubt he'll ever develop his body to be a banger, but he has very rare shooting and passing skills for a 7-footer. I think he'll be fine, and we will find out soon whether the NBA GMs feel the same way.

Regardless, Holmgren's pay of at least $25 million over three years will certainly ease the pain of not finishing his Jesuit education in Spokane. tongue
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Post by aleppiek Tue Apr 26, 2022 10:36 am

Same things were said about Kevin Durant... Chet is not Kevin Durant but about as similar a comparison as I can make.
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Apr 27, 2022 5:24 pm

Former Iowa St., Penn St., and current Bulldog, Rasir Bolton, has declared for the NBA draft.

Rasir, a 6-3 point guard, started all of GU's 32 games this past season and had 1-year of eligibility remaining.
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Post by up7587 Sun May 01, 2022 4:42 pm

GU picks up a transfer big man from LSU, Efton Reid. Played one year at LSU, appeared in 34 games as a freshman. 6'11", 238# per LSU roster on ESPN (VerbalCommits says 7'0", 245#, 5*).

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Post by DoubleDipper Mon May 09, 2022 4:17 pm

up7587 wrote:https://www.slipperstillfits.com/2022/4/7/23015713/nba-draft-2022-drew-timme-gonzaga
Drew Timme declares for the NBA Draft
He has hired a NCAA approved agent, so theoretically could still return for his senior season.
Drew Timme has obviously been the "straw that stirs the drink" at GU in recent years, but I am just not sure how well his great college game will translate to the NBA.

At 6-foot-10, 235 pounds with a reported 7-foot wingspan, Timme has the size to defend the bigs, but IMO he lacks the agility and leaping ability it takes to prevent NBA-level athletes from scoring around the rim, and he would at best, be drafted in the bottom half of the second round.

Players selected in the bottom half of the second round sometimes show a willingness to sign a two-way contract before the draft, and then net around $460,000. Other second-rounders often sign minimum-salary standard contracts, which are around $925,000 in base salary.

It might be for that reason I am hearing Timme will return to GU where he reportedly makes in the neighborhood of $1,000,000 per season in name/image/likeness (NIL) money from the Spokane area merchants where it seems he is always showing up in TV ads.

NIL certainly brings a whole new element into recruiting, especially when it comes to players in the portal, players like LSU star Efton Reid, GU's recent signee who could be Timme's backup next season.

EDIT: I was assured today by someone more knowledgeable than me, that Timme makes closer to $700,000 in NIL money, and that he is leaning toward going to the NBA regardless of his draft position.  

IMO, that is the right thing to do financially...sign a base salary before you're potentially injured and drop further in the draft chart.


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Post by Geezaldinho Thu May 26, 2022 7:16 pm

Intestesting news from Zag graduation festivities.

Gonzaga awarded WCC commissioner Gloria Nevarez an honorary doctorate.

. https://www.gonzaga.edu/news-events/stories/2022/4/29/2022-honorary-degree-recipients?utm_source=Gonzaga+University+Email+Marketing+Platform&utm_medium=email&utm_term=Seven+Receive+Honorary+Degrees&utm_content=Traditional+Commencement+Returns,+Honors+Awarded,+New+Provost+Chosen&utm_campaign=FY22+-+Gonzaga+Newsletter+May+2022


I guess it was for services rendered.

Maybe if we awarded her one she would make other teams play us.
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Post by ExpatPilot Fri May 27, 2022 1:15 pm

Universities give out honorary doctorates like they’re Halloween candy. It waters down the magnitude of the effort it takes to actually earn one. There I said it.

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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Jun 01, 2022 2:42 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Former Iowa St., Penn St., and current Bulldog, Rasir Bolton, has declared for the NBA draft.

Rasir, a 6-3 point guard, started all of GU's 32 games this past season and had 1-year of eligibility remaining.
Very big news for the Zags, Bolton has withdrawn his name from the NBA draft and will return to GU for his final year.
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Jun 01, 2022 2:49 pm

In a move that should guarantee GU's hold on first place in the WCC, Julian Strawther has decided to withdraw from the NBA Draft and return to Spokane.

At 6’7, with a fearless attack, and some serious length, Strawther has a lot of the intangibles that translate pretty easily to the NBA...

He averaged 11.8 points and 5.4 rebounds as a sophomore. He scored 20 points in a loss to Duke last season and 20 points again against BYU at home. He was one of the Zags more consistent three point threats, hitting 36.5 percent from long range.
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Post by Sound Voltex Wed Jun 01, 2022 8:42 pm

Gonzaga Notes - Page 7 Timme10
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Post by DoubleDipper Wed Jun 01, 2022 9:52 pm

Sound Voltex wrote:Gonzaga Notes - Page 7 Timme10
With Timme back to join the proven Anton Watson and the strong potential of LSU transfer Efton Reid and Ben Gregg and Kaden Perry, and with both Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther returning to Gonzaga, the Zags now boast one of the deepest lineups the team has had in years.
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Post by up7587 Fri Jun 03, 2022 8:41 am

GU adds another transfer, 6'4" guard Malachi Smith from Chattanooga. Has two years left to play. Scored 20 ppg last year, averaging 35 min/game.

Are there enough minutes and basketballs to go around for all the Zag players? Or will someone transfer out?


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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 03, 2022 10:52 am

up7587 wrote:GU adds another transfer, 6'4" guard Malachi Smith from Chattanooga.  Has two years left to play.  Scored 20 ppg last year, averaging 35 min/game.  
Smith is the reigning Southern Conference Player of the Year and was considered one of the best remaining players in the transfer portal.

Smith is a smart, tough-minded defensive player, who rarely makes mistakes. He committed just 1.4 fouls per 40 minutes last season, the 24th-lowest mark in college hoops last season.

All of a sudden, it's crowded in Spokane, but it is probably the most balanced depth GU has had since the 2017 team.
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Post by DoubleDipper Fri Jun 03, 2022 6:02 pm

Is there room in Spokane for the highly prized recruit from Spain, Baba Miller?

Miller, a 6-10 power forward from Real Madrid Baloncesto, and considered by many to be the next big Spanish star of the future, has narrowed his choices to Florida St. and Gonzaga.

Geographically, that's interesting final two.  

Seems like some schools never run out of scholarships... Suspect

Says he will announce his decision on Monday after visiting GU earlier this week.
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Post by up7587 Fri Jun 03, 2022 6:17 pm

DoubleDipper wrote:Is there room in Spokane for the highly prized recruit from Spain, Baba Miller?

Miller, a 6-10 power forward from Real Madrid Baloncesto, and considered by many to be the next big Spanish star of the future, has narrowed his choices to Florida St. and Gonzaga.

Geographically, that's interesting final two.  

Seems like some schools never run out of scholarships... Suspect

Says he will announce his decision on Monday after visiting GU earlier this week.

If he comes, perhaps someone with "voluntarily" give up his scholarship and walk on. Some of their young players might transfer, but it is too late to avoid sitting out a year now.

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Post by DoubleDipper Sat Jun 04, 2022 10:21 am

While looking at the number of high-power and high-profile recruits going to Gonzaga, and to a similar extent BYU, I cannot but think how important NIL benefits have become in recruiting.

Sure, GU and BYU have been attracting top recruits for some time now, but the NIL inducements now have players spurning their chances at the NBA to stay in college.

GU and BYU are the only WCC schools to have chartered jets at their disposal for recruiting and team travel...and now it would seem the rich get richer.

https://news.yahoo.com/endorsements-have-changed-college-sports-is-it-for-the-better-191836687.html?guccounter=1
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Post by DoubleDipper Mon Jun 06, 2022 12:52 pm

up7587 wrote:
DoubleDipper wrote:Is there room in Spokane for the highly prized recruit from Spain, Baba Miller?
If he comes, perhaps someone with "voluntarily" give up his scholarship and walk on.  Some of their young players might transfer, but it is too late to avoid sitting out a year now.  
No "extra" scholarship magically appeared, and Miller is off to Florida State.
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