Przemek Karnowski @PKarnowski
In the next season I will play in Zags uni! #GoZags #NCAA
From Twitter. GO ZAGS We got the big guy
You are a 4 or 5 star recruit at the Post. The Zags beckon. With Pangos & Bell running the O for 3 more years it's a no brainier. Sign on and shine.
But here at CBSSports.com, we take a different look as well - one that had more than 100 high-major Division 1 coaches respond to the following seven questions about their peers and recruiting.
Regardless of affiliation, if you had to pick one assistant coach to get a prospect, who would it be?
1. Russell Springmann, Texas
2. Jerrence Howard, Illinois
3. Butch Pierre, Oklahoma State
4. Dalonte Hill, Maryland
5. Tommy Lloyd, Gonzaga
"I loved my visit. Loved the school and the coaches. I have a good connection with the coaching staff. I can really see myself fitting in, and I got along with the players really well. I also love how Gonzaga is a big-time basketball school and the tradition they have. … I thought the Zags brought a lot of energy and had two really good practices. It looks like they are going to be really good this year, led by their bigs Robert Sacre and Elias Harris,"
Goodson, whose minutes declined in the second half of last season, said, "I love Gonzaga. It's a great school. I loved playing ball there." But he added, "I just felt I'm a much better player than what people, I guess, saw me as."
Goodson, asked if he had a good relationship with Few, said, "Nah, not really. He treated it like a business. He's an excellent coach. It's just the way he coaches wasn't for me, I don't think."
From Espn Rumors, seems everyone is seeing a lull in our recruiting
We noted recently that Skylar Spencer had cut his list of finalists to four -- a list in which Gonzaga was conspicuously absent. A few months ago, it seemed the Bulldogs would be in the race to land a Spencer-commitment to the very end, so the fact Gonzaga was not included was a definite surprise.
So where does Gonzaga turn to now, in terms of recruiting? The Bulldogs were able to bring in a very talented 2011 class, and it's not clear whether each of the members will take the court next season -- perhaps some will redshirt. However, in terms of GU's 2012 class, the situation is dim -- both Richard Longrus and Zena Edosomwan haven't been connected to Gonzaga in months, and early target Demarquise Johnson seems to have moved on.
Of course, Gonzaga could always return to their highly successful European and Canadian pipeline -- assistant Tommy Lloyd is one of the best at identifying prospects in far-flung places. However, at the moment, it would appear that Gonzaga's 2012 recruiting efforts are stuck.
Virginia Tech has offered scholarships to Montrose Christian forward Michael Carrera and center Kevin Larsen, Mustangs Coach Stu Vetter said Thursday. Both players are rising seniors.
Carrera, a 6-foot-6 forward from Venezuela, emerged as a standout this past season, developing a scoring touch around the basket while gaining notice for his energy level and work ethic.
He also has scholarship offers from Richmond and Gonzaga, Vetter said.
Larsen, a 6-9 center from Denmark, played sparingly most of the season but was splendid as Montrose won the National High School Invitational at season’s end. Gonzaga also has offered Larsen, Vetter said.
28. Elias Harris (Gonzaga)
Goodman: Harris had a rough season a year ago, but he should come back strong -- especially if he's healthy. The Zags have learned to utilize Harris in the post, but he can step out and shoot it as well. Harris will also benefit from an improved point guard situation in Spokane.
But Clarke was never completely satisfied as a Hog. Multiple sources said he had gone to the previous coaching staff after his sophomore season and asked for a release, only to later decide that he wanted to stay for his junior season. Sources also said that Clarke's uncle, Kelly Clarke (who was his high school coach) was making multiple calls to Gonzaga during Clarke's career to see if there was interest in him transferring.
Clarke is a talent and now the suitors are lining up. The problem is that a school needs to have a scholarship available in July for Clarke for next season and then in 2012-13. Gonzaga is not an option. The Zags don't have a scholarship and aren't interested in pursuing Clarke after the overtures from his uncle the past year. Nebraska doesn't have a scholarship either.
Gonzaga transfer Manny Arop is headed to Indiana State - per source. Quality pickup for Greg Lansing and the Sycamores