I'm overdue for an update to the big board as there has actually been quite a bit of news around 2014 recruiting over the past week. Here are some quick hits:
-- One of the best guards in the 2014 class is Regis Jesuit's (Denver, CO) Josh Perkins. On Tuesday, members of the Bulldogs staff were in Denver to watch him play. The guys over at Colorado's Rivals site caught up with Perkins after his game and he claimed that Gonzaga, along with Colorado and Kansas, were recruiting him the hardest.
-- Another talented 2014 guard is Bryan Alberts from Sun Valley, California. Alberts has been on the Bulldogs radar for quite some time and Scout.com's Josh Gershon caught up with Alberts who had this to say:
Recruiting has been steady for Alberts, who took a trip to check out Gonzaga over the summer.
"I took an unofficial visit there and I really liked the campus and coaches," he said of Gonzaga. "I talk to them on the phone a lot and I really like them."
I will be curious to see how the staff progresses with the 2014 class. Bigs are a glaring need but locking in a couple solid guards to backfill for Pangos and Bell is also a major need.
-- One of the advantages of playing the Battle in Seattle is that the Bulldogs get a chance to showcase themselves to the western part of the state. It is especially helpful when you are trying to win a recruit over Washington and other powers from the Pac-12. Donaven Dorsey is a 6'6'' wing that Gonzaga has offered and his recruitment is really just starting to gain momentum. From a recent article:
It was the summer of 2011 when Dorsey first learned there was interest in him from major NCAA Division I basketball programs after he had a stellar season on the AAU circuit. Since then, the interest has increased. It's likely that numerous college scouts and recruiters will be at every game he plays in this, his junior season; they already have attended his first three games.
So far, scholarship offers have come from Washington, Washington State, Oregon State, Gonzaga and Portland State. Most recently, Arkansas of the Southeastern Conference started showing interest.
Getting talent at the wing position is also something the staff should address. This season, the small forward spot has easily been the most up and down for the Zags as neither Guy Landry Edi or Kyle Dranginis have seem to fully answer the call. A guy like Dorsey has unlimited potential and would be a great addition.