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"Since Minnesota [two weeks ago] and Hampton last week, I’ve been getting a lot of calls and my...

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"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.

Przemek Karnowski ‏ @PKarnowski In the next season I will play in Zags uni! #GoZags...

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Przemek Karnowski ‏ @PKarnowski In the next season I will play in Zags uni! #GoZags #NCAA Expand From Twitter. GO ZAGS We got the big guy

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You are a 4 or 5 star recruit at the Post. The Zags beckon. With Pangos & Bell running the O for 3...

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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.

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But here at CBSSports.com, we take a different look as well - one that had more than 100 high-major...

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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

-- Jeff Goodman Pretty interesting stuff from Jeff Goodman and the fine team over at CBS Sports regarding recruiting. Gonzaga's own Tommy Lloyd makes an appearance as one of the top recruiting assistant coaches in the business per other D1 coaches.

"I loved my visit. Loved the school and the coaches. I have a good connection with the coaching...

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"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,"

-- 2013 guard Cullen Neal This quote is from Rivals.com. As we reported a few days ago, Neal was on campus for the opening of the 2011-12 Gonzaga basketball season. Keep it tuned here over the next 24 hours for more on Neal's visit.

Goodson, whose minutes declined in the second half of last season, said, "I love Gonzaga. It's a...

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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."

-- Seattle Times This is a must read if you are willing to take some hard truths about the Gonzaga program over the past few years. A number of talented players have come and gone with little explanation so it is actually refreshing to hear a postmortem on some of these guys' career as a Bulldog.

From Espn Rumors, seems everyone is seeing a lull in our recruiting We noted recently that Skylar...

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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.

Espn Rumors (Insider needed)

Virginia Tech has offered scholarships to Montrose Christian forward Michael Carrera and center...

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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.

According to the Washington Post, Gonzaga has offered scholarships to two players at Montrose Christian. Not sure where these guys fall on the priority list, as Carrera seems like a Richard Longrus clone.

28. Elias Harris (Gonzaga) Goodman: Harris had a rough season a year ago, but he should come...

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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.

-- CBSSports.com CBS Sports' Jeff Goodman and Gary Parrish broke down their way too early 2012 NBA Draft. Among the first round, Goodman names Elias Harris.

But Clarke was never completely satisfied as a Hog. Multiple sources said he had gone to the...

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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.

Interesting stuff from Andy Katz on the transfer of Rotnei Clarke. Clarke always seemed like a great fit for Gonzaga, at least on the court, but it looks like it will not be happening.
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