Spencer is one of the top post players on the West coast in the class of 2012, and he is making his way through the recruiting process.
Right now, he is focused on USC, Washington, Florida State, California and Gonzaga, with two schools sitting in the driver’s seat.
"I like Florida State because of their playing style," Spencer said. "And Gonzaga, they feed the ball to the post."
Even though he is trying to become an inside-outside threat, Spencer prefers playing near the basket and is therefore looking for a school that isn’t averse to involving big men in the offense.
"I’m looking to see how I fit into the offense," he said when asked what he wants in a school. "Also, education and coaching."
I asked Longrus which schools have extended scholarship offers. "UCLA, St. Mary’s, Colorado, Gonzaga, UNLV and Santa Clara," said Longrus.
Longrus said he is in no hurry to reach a decision. "I’ll probably narrow it down sometime after July," said Longrus.
Longrus has visited Cal, Stanford, UCLA, St. Mary’s and Santa Clara already.
"I’ll probably visit Gonzaga, Washington, maybe Colorado and Texas," said Longrus.
Longrus said he has a 4.2 GPA.
"Schools showing him the most interest right now, following him the most are Minnesota, Washington, Missouri, Gonzaga, and UNLV," said Lea. "Then he's got Washington State who offered him the other day, Auburn offered, Boston College, Virginia, and Oregon State."
Johnson rolled off four names when asked who he thought he'd been hearing from the most.
"Gonzaga, Washington State, Washington, and Oregon State," said Johnson.
"In practice he was the most competitive, most intense guy. I kind of challenged myself to try and get on that level, so I tried to bring out that level of competitiveness on whichever team I was on to try and beat his team, because in drills, his team was always winning...I was a little disappointed to hear that he transferred because I saw that competitive spark in him and I thought that if he wasn’t getting the minutes he wanted that he could earn the minutes, because he was that hard of a worker."
"I'm really liking Gonzaga right now," Spencer said. "I plan on taking a visit up there to check it out. I like their playing style and coaches. I want to go up there and see it."
Spencer is hoping that visit will happen in the next few months and he wouldn't rule out making a decision if everything goes well.
"Possibly," Spencer said of pulling the trigger to Gonzaga on his visit. "But I might want to wait. It all depends on who else offers me."
Gonzaga point guard Demetri Goodson, who started 68 of 69 games the last two seasons, is leaving the basketball program to play college football, Bulldogs coach Mark Few said Tuesday.
Goodson recently completed his junior season. Few said because GU doesn’t offer football, Goodson can transfer to another school and he will have two years of eligibility. Goodson is expected to return to his home state of Texas, possibly at Texas A&M, where his older brother Mike played running back, or Texas State, coached by Dennis Franchione, who was Mike’s coach at Texas A&M.
"I’m proud to be associated with him," Few said. "He’s a tough kid, a great teammate and from a coaching standpoint, day in and day out at practice he gave everything he had and in games, too. That’s a great quality.
"He gave it a good run up here, but his heart is kind of set on this. I just want him to graduate, and he’s in great shape to do that and then he’ll be in great position for the rest of his life."
"Yeah, he's thinking about transferring," said Mike Goodson, now with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. Mike Goodson said his brother started considering the idea after Gonzaga's second-round loss in the NCAA Tournament to North Carolina.
"After basketball was over, that's when he started thinking about it," Goodson said.
"We have just heard about the commitment of the other player to the Gonzaga Bulldogs. We are still in the process of figuring out whether or not we will visit Gonzaga and when that visit will take place. If we visit, it will likely be next week sometime," Jones said.
(Longrus) finished with both hands around the rim and even knocked down a step-back jumper. Longrus has a good build and uses his strength to his advantage on the glass and at the defensive end.
Right now, five schools are coming at Longrus the hardest: Stanford, UCLA, Washington, Gonzaga and Texas.
"Gonzaga has offered, UCLA has offered," he said. "Washington and Texas are showing heavy interest, and I have to take the SAT for Stanford."
What made Gonzaga a good fit for you?
Gonzaga was one of the first schools that contacted me, and I’ve built a great relationship with a lot of the coaches. They have everything I want in a program. The only issue is that it’s far from home, but I’m willing to give that up for the right fit. It’s on the West Coast, but me and my family talked about that and every factor involved, we couldn’t think of anything bad. We were willing to accept the distance for the atmosphere they have, the coaching style, the playing style and the way team was really familiar oriented. Everything about them was great. They have a guy like John Stockton around the program, and now that I’m going there, people compare me to him. I hope to work with him, too.