Landing Perkins is a good and great thing. In addition to increasing positive attention to GU and being an outstanding recruit, it should be easier to land other prolific recruits in the two remaining scholarship slots. It doesn't hurt that we have a Top 150 SG in Silas Melson and the transfer for Wiltjer either!
It is time to focus on Travis, Pope, and Wright, with Sabonis in the mix too. We have two open scholarships for 2014 still. I wonder how the coaching staff feels dealing with four prolific recruits with only two scholarship spots? It is tough to guess who, if any of those four, will commit to Gonzaga. They each seem to have potential pluses or negatives with recruiting:
Wright looks like a wing in the tradition of Mike Hart (great defender with a motor), but with much better athleticism and great offensive prowess cutting to the basket (not taking anything away from Hart - he truly was the cornerstone of last season). This is a desirable skill set, especially since it contrasts with and complements Melson's and Perkins' skill sets. Recruitment wise I'd say that he is definitely interested in GU - he has retweeted a number of GU-related tweets over the last couple weeks, such as one about a dream team of Melson, Perkins, Pope, Travis and himself, one that he should become a Zag, and another tonight about Perkins committing. Conversely, he also retweeted a bunch of UTEP stuff like that back in late July when he received an offer from them. GU also has a surfeit of guards. In the 2014-2015 season, excluding walk-ons, GU will be fielding Pangos, GBJ, Coleman, Dranginis, Perkins, AND Melson. Wow. We obviously lose 3 guards for 2015, but managing 6 will be a challenge - and managing 7 could be intense. On the positive side, Wright is 6'5 and athletic, so he could, in my lowbie opinion, play the 3 at GU.
Travis in the paint reminds me a little bit of Harris. I'll just go ahead and put that out there. Things are looking up regarding Travis. As you may have noticed, one of Perkins' other top three schools was Minnesota, a school that is very high on Travis' list. Rumor is that they want to play together, and since Travis was considering Gonzaga already, it is another bonus for GU's recruiting. Travis tweeted a congratulations to Perkins in committing to Gonzaga, so it didn't go unnoticed. In addition, no area of GU's basketball program has been as successful the last few years as with the development of the bigs. GU sent Sacre to the pros last year, and just sent Olynyk and Harris there as well - not D-League or overseas, but to the NBA with multi-year contracts. With Wiltjer transferring in and citing GU's PF player development as a reason, it is true that this is a definite boon to recruiting someone like Travis. Travis should be making his commitment within the next month and things look up.
Regarding Pope, he seems poised to announce his official visits soon. With his broken leg on the mend his recruitment did slow down a bit with all schools, but look for it to accelerate in the coming months with the visits.
Sabonis - who knows? As with Travis though, GU is becoming known for its development of bigs and for its international connection - something that obviously appeals to Sabonis.