In tribute to the loyal Gonzaga fans who continually endure "soft schedule" criticism I offer the following: ___________________________________________ Top Ten teams all around us are tanking On Mark Few's squad we surely are banking And after we give Brigham Young a good spanking We'll humbly accept the NUMBER ONE RANKING!!!
Well, thanks to the commitment and dedication of the Gonzaga coaching staff – especially assistant coach Tommy Lloyd – Zags fans will even get the chance to offer up their best pronunciation attempts. Karnowski toured the U.S. in April and visited or spoke to California, Duke, Kansas and Ohio State among others. But Big P’s message to those schools was clear: "They asked me if I wanted to come. I told them: ‘You wrote me two weeks ago, and I’ve been in touch with the coaches at Gonzaga for two years.’ It was the main reason."-- Hein News An absolutely incredible article about Przemek Karnowski and why he chose Gonzaga over some of the biggest names in college basketball. Definitely an article that is impossible not to get fired up over! It is worth reiterating that in the world of international recruiting, no one does it better than Tommy Lloyd.
But another thought weighing heavy on the senior front court star is his recently signed letter of intent to play for Mark Few and the Gonzaga Bulldogs after graduating next year. "It will be a great thrill to go to a great school and play for such an outstanding program," said Meikle. "They treated me well on my visit this year; it will be a great experience." The get-acquainted period had been building for quite a while. "They started contacting me after my sophomore year, and I got to know assistant coach Ray Giacoletti and coach Few real well."-- Tacoma Weekly Not the most well edited piece in the world from the Tacoma Weekly but it provides some good color on Lucas Meikle. Pay no mind to the fact that Meikle hasn't and can't sign his LOI yet and that the "Jeremy Pangos" the author writes is probably Kevin Pangos...even though a combination of Jeremy Pargo and Kevin Pangos would be freaking awesome.
Assistant coach Ray Giacoletti called Harkins in May to ask for film of Edwards. Within a month, Zags had offered Edwards a scholarship and had him visit the campus. And on Monday, Edwards decided there was no use dragging the process out any longer, selecting a nationally acclaimed program that is only a four-hour drive from his home. "Being from Montana you don't get a lot of exposure, so it's kind of hard to believe I'll be playing with a top 25 program," Edwards said. "I don't want to say it was an easy decision, but it wasn't too hard. They told me from the beginning the believe in me."-- Yahoo's "The Dagger" Pretty awesome article from Yahoo's college basketball blog on Gonzaga's newest commit. Most fans (myself included) weren't completely sure how to react to the news that Edwards committed to GU but this does a nice job laying out how everything came together.
Gonzaga: "I saw them play a couple times on TV. They have a very disciplined program. I've seen a picture of their campus and they have an amazing campus, great facilities and that offer excited me a lot."2013 wing Elliott Pitts, who was recently offered by Gonzaga, broke down his thoughts on Gonzaga to Josh Gershon from Scout.
I spoke with Wright recently and he gave me a rundown on his recruitment. "I have offers from Fresno State, Utah, USC, Gonzaga and New Mexico," said Wright. "Some other schools I'm hearing from are Stanford, UNLV and UC Irvine." One local school that Wright hasn't heard from much is UCLA. "I get some mail and stuff from them but haven't really talked much with them," said Wright.-- Scout.com's Greg Hicks 2014 prospect Namon Wright recently had a great showing at the Pangos All-American Camp. If this trend continues, expect Namon's offer list to grow exponentially. He's a potent scorer who would be a great addition to the Gonzaga roster.
"Since Minnesota [two weeks ago] and Hampton last week, I’ve been getting a lot of calls and my phone has really been blowing up," Rathan-Mayes said. "Baylor and Kansas called me today (Sunday) and I’ve heard from Minnesota, USF, Oregon, Syracuse called my coach, Missouri, Florida, Alabama, UCLA, Gonzaga, LSU, Seton Hall and a few more." He also knows several schools who fit that description and who can help him get to where he wants to be. "Kansas, Louisville, Baylor, Florida State, UCLA, Oregon, Alabama, Gonzaga and a lot of other schools that I’m forgetting all fit that," Rathan-Mayes added.Good update on Xavier Rathan-Mayes from National Recruiting Spotlight. Be sure to check out the full update, but it's not surprising to see that Gonzaga is staying in touch with the highly-talented Canadian SG.