When Demarquise Johnson's father announced last week that his son would take an official to Gonzaga in September, many Zag fans took a collective sigh of relief. Last night, however, Greg Hicks of Scout.com posted an update on the recruitment of Skylar Spencer, an athletic power forward from the state of California. The Zags have been on Spencer for about as long as any other prospect in the 2012 cycle but Hicks reports that Skylar is is still considering four schools: Washington, Washington State, San Diego State, and Nevada. Wait...what?
Up until this last update, Skylar had made it clear that Gonzaga was one of the leaders for his signature. In a May update from Scout.com, Spencer had this to say:
"I'm really liking Gonzaga right now," Spencer said. "I plan on taking a visit up there to check it out. I like their playing style and coaches. I want to go up there and see it."
Spencer is hoping that visit will happen in the next few months and he wouldn't rule out making a decision if everything goes well.
"Possibly," Spencer said of pulling the trigger to Gonzaga on his visit. "But I might want to wait. It all depends on who else offers me."
Obviously, school lists are extremely fluid in the summer months but I don't see many cases when a kid discusses committing to a certain school in May and then completely removing them from his list in August.
What's even more head-scratching is that it is not like the staff is in on mulitiple high major big men in the 2012 class. Zena Edosomwan appeared to be an option but is no longer listing Gonzaga and there has been virtually no connection between GU and Richard Longrus over the past few months, either. The one player that still might be an option is Chris Reyes (yay! more international players), who seems to be a decent offensive player but there are concerns about his ability to play at the next level as he is a tweener. Hence why his best offer is from Gonzaga.
For as good as things were looking in May and June, they have begun to look pretty atrocious in August. One offical visit lined up and a whole bunch of nothing else. There is still time left to put together a decent class but I can't remember a year when there was such little interest in the program in mid-August.