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Encouraging notes from Gonzaga's first practice

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The Spokesman's Jim Meehan comes through with some good quotes and notes from yesterday's opening day in Spokane. Early indications are that this freshman class is coming in and making a big impact. Over the past few years, we have seen some excellent classes but this one truly does have a very special feel about it. One note I really didn't want to read was: ------- "During one five-on-five session, I saw at least three occasions when the ball was fed inside and then kicked back out to guards Pangos and David Stockton. On three occasions they swished 3-pointers as defenders couldn’t recover in time on the perimeter. GU appears to have more options in terms of players who can take advantage of those kick-outs to spot-up shooters, which should happen frequently with GU’s interior threats." ------- It's obviously great that the Zags are knocking down outside shots but I'm not sure how many more years can be wasted by horrid perimeter defense. I'm hoping Meehan provides some notes about the defensive intensity in the near future (while us peasant bloggers are forced behind the fence). I have high expectations that the blend of experience and young athleticism can provide a solid defensive team but a lot of that requires the staff to adjust what they've done over the past few years. Ok, enough of me reading into the first practice!

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