Thursday News & Notes: Gonzaga Coaches Hit Recruiting Trail

Mar 15, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Gonzaga Bulldogs guard Kevin Pagnos (4) dribbles the ball against the West Virginia Mountaineers during the first half in the second round of the 2012 NCAA men's basketball tournament at the CONSOL Energy Center. Gonzaga won 77-54. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

If you follow us on Twitter, you might be sick of our incessant tweeting but yesterday in our world was pretty damn close to Christmas. It is this time of the year when we learn a lot about the direction the staff is going in for future years. Of course, with Gonzaga, there are always surprises whether that means European prospects or under the radar projects. Overall, it was a pretty quiet first day of the evaluation period yesterday but today is looking much more promising as we have a full day of hoops going on across the country. Here are a few things we have picked up so far:

-- We've learned from Dave Telep that Ray Giacoletti is at the Reebok Breakout Camp in Philadelphia. Ray is likely scouting Darin Johnson from Elk Grove, CA who has received an offer from the Bulldogs and is seeing a pretty big increase in his recruiting attention. Johnson seemed to have a nice evening yesterday scoring a team-high 16 teams and leading his team to a win. Also present at the Reebok Camp is Gonzaga prospect Josh Brown from New Jersey. Brown is a Temple decommit yet many still consider him a strong lean for the Owls.

-- Donny Daniels has been spotted in Anaheim at the Adidas Three Stripes Event. Donny is likely taking in 2014 PG Casey Benson and was also watching 2016 (yes, 2016) center prospect Trevor Stanback. Per Josh Gershon of Scout.com, Stanback was impressive last night and apparently "lives on the offensive glass".

-- Brian Snow of Scout.com reported that a member of the Gonzaga staff was at the Adidas Invitational in Indianapolis. This is the tournament we are paying most attention to as 2013 Dallas-area prospects Karviar Shepherd and Kendal Harris are in attendance. Also in Indy are guards Namon Wright ('14) and Issac Hamilton ('13). They are both playing for Dream Vision today. Each of these four players would be huge gets for the Zags. In particular, Shepherd and Hamilton are both guys with obvious pro potential. Namon and Kendal are both wildly skilled guards that can score in many ways.

-- Have not been able to track down head coach Mark Few yet. It is possible that he is not on the road yet for the first period but it is also likely that he is elsewhere and hasn't been spotted yet. We'll update as we find out more.

Summer League Update

-- Austin Daye continues to tear apart the summer league. During his NBA career, Daye has been incredible at summer leagues but has failed to carry that over into the NBA season. Daye has been in double figures in each game so far this summer league for the Pistons. Yesterday, he was 5-7 from the floor with 18 points in a Detroit loss to OKC.

-- Adam Morrison only logged 8 minutes yesterday in Brooklyn's loss. He did not score in the game. On Tuesday, Morrison had a nice game as he logged a double-double with 10 points and 10 boards.

-- Tomorrow is the start of the Vegas Summer League. There will be five former Zags participating in Vegas: Adam Morrison (Clippers), Jeremy Pargo (Memphis), Micah Downs (Dallas), Steven Gray (Washington), and Robert Sacre (Lakers). NBA.com has all the schedules for your viewing pleasure.

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