Unlike last season when we were sorting through preseason accolades from various sources all across the nation, we are now sorting through the terms of a proposal from Washington that was barely received by Gonzaga before it hit the press. If you are a Gonzaga fan that missed the days when your Bulldogs were flying under the radar, you should take some pride in this years Zags. That doesn't mean we aren't getting our fair share of press, especially the Gonzaga backcourt which, if it plays up to potential, could be among the nation's elite. Here's the news for the day:
One of the best general college basketball blogs around wrote a piece about underrated college stars. Here's what they had to say about Matt.
Matt Bouldin, Gonzaga: Last season, Matt Bouldin played on arguably the most talented Gonzaga team to date. With guys like Jeremy Pargo, Josh Heytvelt, and Austin Daye on the roster, Bouldin played more of a complimentary role, as he is a heady player and a good passer. With those three guys gone, this will be Bouldin's team. Offensively, Bouldin is one of the best all-around wings that you will find. His game is based off of his ability to put the ball on the floor. He has a good mid-range game, is a smart passer that significantly cut down his turnovers last season, and has developed a dead-eye three point shot. While Gonzaga maybe a bit down compared to the last few seasons, don't be surprised if Bouldin posts impressive numbers as the Zags make another NCAA Tournament.
You won't be able to see if you aren't an ESPN Insider but this is a shot quote from a blurb about Gonzaga's class which expounds a bit on Andy Katz's piece a few days ago.
Gonzaga's freshmen class, while mostly unknown due to their international status, could finish the season as one of the best in the nation. Along with Elias Harris, there has been much praise for Manny Arop and Bol Kong, two players from Sudan via Canada.
Player Rankings: Big 12 features country's wing commanders - NCAA Division I Mens Basketball - CBSSports.com
Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com wrote an article yesterday raking the best wings in the nation. Gonzaga did get some love from Parrish with Matt Bouldin coming in at 11th and Steven Gray at 28th. Seems like a very fair ranking, especially for Gray who many Gonzaga fans feel is due for a breakout season after seeing his efficiency decline last year.
Some good looks at guys like Bol Kong, Manny Arop, and Elias Harris. Also interviews with Coach Few, Matt Bouldin, Demetri Goodson, and Rob Sacre.
That's all we've got for you today. For those of you lucky enough to be in Spokane this weekend, we'd love to hear all the report's from Saturday's Kraziness in the Kennel so makes sure to write a fanpost or e-mail us if you have any thoughts on the event.