The Zags got a bit of a boost after winger Byron Wesley announced he would transfer from USC to Gonzaga to play his final year of collegiate basketball, Jeff Goodman with ESPN reported on Sunday.
Gonzaga has landed a HUGE piece in USC leading scorer Byron Wesley, he told ESPN. Zags are legit Top 10 preseason team.— Jeff Goodman (@GoodmanESPN) May 18, 2014
Wesley will be able to come in and contribute immediately for the Bulldogs due to the graduate student exemption in the transfer rules after he graduated from USC this year.
Securing the services of Wesley over the likes of Pittsburgh and Oklahoma State is a big boost for Gonzaga. Wesley was the leading scorer on a Trojan team that was more than often starved for offense. Wesley averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists last season while playing 34.6 minutes per game. He is someone whose shot is much better as close to the rim as possible, although he has a career 34.8 three-point percentage when called on for the deep shot.
The departure of Gerard Coleman opened the door for Wesley to arrive. The real question will be how much space he finds in the lineup. Wesley has been a starter at USC each year and has shown great improvement through college. Gonzaga is loaded in the backcourt with players that can be stretched into the 3 spot, but Wesley is the prototype winger the team has been missing for a while. Although Kyle Dranginis performed admirably last year and showcased his all-around glue guy skills, it looks like a majority of the minutes at the position will be between the two to fight out.
Once again, having too many good players isn't necessarily a bad thing. With the incoming class, the Zags are shaping up to be a deep team, with veterans to carry the anchor and youngsters to provide the spark.