I've had a blast the last five months. I watched every minute of every game, enjoyed reading and occasionally contributing to this board, and even liked the Mark Few Show (even Heister). The boys just ran into a buzz saw tonight. I knew the team shooting the lights out from 3 would beat the team dominating the offensive glass, I just thought, like all the experts, it would be the Zags shooting the3's. Spokane is my adopted home; I'll continue to be a Zag fan, watch every game on TV, go to every game at Pullman or at the arena, and occasionally spend $150 fu**ing bucks a ticket on Craigslist to see a game or two at the Kennel. A few random thought now the season is over:
1. Mike Hart is phenomenal. GU needs to pay for this fine young man to go to Grad School and keep him as a grad assistant to the coaching staff, teaching rebounding and drawing charges.
2. David Stockton is an asset. Easy to berate him for his defensive shortcomings, but at 5' 9" and maybe a buck 50 he gives it everything he has and is a hell of a player. He'll be even better next year; appreciate him.
3. Good on you Mark Few. I had 32 hell yeahs this year vs. 3 aw sh*ts. You are going to take heat again, but you have broad shoulder and are a hell of a coach. A team averaging 19 each 3-point attempts all year making 6.3 shoots 28 against you and makes 14 is tough to beat.
4. Thank you E. I enjoyed watching you for four years, appreciate your staying, and wish you the best in the future. Even if you didn't make the NBA after your Freshman year, I'm sure you would have been a star in Europe making $200 K a year playing in Germany. Staying in school demonstrates what a quality young man your are.
5. Keep working this summer Sam......fulfill that Freshman potential and be the WCC POY next year.
6. Good luck Kelly. I can see your game continuing to improve and you becoming the Canadian version of Dirk Nowitzski.
7. If we get Wiltjer, think about him with a more muscular, smoother Karno and Seniors Pangos and Bell in two years. That will be a scary bunch.
8. God bless you GLE. You would have been a starter and a star at 250 other D-1 Schools. I don't know you, but you seemed to have kept a positive attitude and were a supportive teammate.
9. Keep up the hustle Drew Barham and Kyle D. Big minutes for you next year Drew and Kyle will start at wing for the scary bunch in item 7.
10. Good luck to all you fans. Have a great spring and summer and I look forward to talking sh*t with you again in Oct. I know you are disappointed now, I am too. But I also think about young Brandon Chastain and how he would have loved this team no matter the outcome. I do too.