Gonzaga fans are collectively waiting (not so patiently) for a bit of good news. While most offseasons have been filled with news of various departures and additions, this one has been largely underwhelming. Several big time transfers linked to the Zags have elected to spend their time elsewhere and anxiety is growing for what the roster, more specifically in the low post, will look like. We all know the returning cast consists of Przemek Karnowski and Sam Dower so common sense would tell you that depth must be added. Thus far, we have seen nothing in the way of help for those two but the staff continues to explore all options.
-- One option that has recently popped up is Dominic Woodson. The top-100 center recently decommitted from Baylor and several reports have linked the Zags to the monster post prospect:
According to Dominic Woodson's mentor Kevin Robinson, the list for Woodson is Memphis, Cincy, URI, SCarolina & Gonzaga. Marshall not on it.— MemphisRoar (@MemphisRoar) May 21, 2013
While we are not getting excited until Woodson decides where he will be taking his visits, he is definitely and interesting prospect and it would be great to land a four-year prospect that the staff can work with. One year guys like Mike Moser and Josh Davis would have been great as they are easy to plug in and run but grabbing a skilled top-100 incoming freshman would be huge for the pipeline. A good comparison point for Woodson would be JP Batista. Very skilled, soft touch from around the hoop but needs to work on his physicality and positioning. I've read many reports saying they have never seen a 250 lb. guy like Woodson so light on his feet. He would be a big get for the Zags.
-- One of Gonzaga's biggest competitors for Woodson will be Josh Pastner and the Memphis Tigers. Having recently lost Tarik Black to transfer, Memphis is sure to make a big push as they also lack low post depth. In addition to competing for Woodson, it sounds like the two programs will compete on the floor soon per Andy Katz:
2. Memphis is putting together another stellar nonconference schedule with a home-and-home series with Oklahoma State, starting in Stillwater, a home-and-home series with Gonzaga, starting in Memphis, playing Florida in the Jimmy V Classic in New York City as well as being in the Old Spice Classic.
Even though from a competitive standpoint this hasn't been the best series for the Zags, I've always enjoyed playing Memphis. These two programs have historically been two of the top non-BCS programs and it has been a nice showcase game.