With the AAU season wrapping up last weekend in Las Vegas, the Gonzaga coaching staff is now in the mode of identifying top priorities and scheduling visits. Not surprisingly, a summer worth of evaluation has led to some very clear targets emerging on the radar in both the 2016 and 2017 classes.
Four Names To Watch In 2016
The Zags locked in their first 2016 commit back in March when Zach Collins verbally committed. Collins has dominated the AAU circuit since his commitment and looks like a lock to be a top 30-35 player in the next round of recruiting updates.
For the remaining targets in 2016, some are familiar names to people who have followed recruiting closely. After taking an unofficial visit with his team in June, Brendan Bailey remains squarely on the radar for the staff. Bailey has a world of potential, which has attracted interest from schools like Gonzaga, San Diego St, UConn and Marquette. The expectation is that Bailey will take an official visit to Spokane sometime this fall. He has already taken official visits to SDSU and UConn.
Brendan Bailey already used officials on trips to SDSU and UConn. He’s planning on officials to Gonzaga and Marquette now too— Matt Moreno (@MattGOAZCATS) July 24, 2015
Another familiar name for Gonzaga is Jonah Mathews. Mathews, who is the brother of current Cal guard Jordan Mathews, had an outstanding summer for California Supreme. He fits the versatile combo guard that tends to thrive at Gonzaga. Mathews has official visits set for SDSU and USC, with the latter definitely a serious contender for the talented guard. We expect that Mathews will take an official visit to Gonzaga, with a date being worked on. Mathews also has a strong connection to the Gonzaga staff through Donny Daniels.
#USC's Andy Enfield here to see Jonah Mathews. Also saw Dawkins. Fresno State, Gonzaga , TCU, Oregon at LV Prospects vs California Supreme— Ryan Gorcey (@RGBearTerritory) July 25, 2015
Jaquori Mclaughlin is another versatile guard that can play both the 1 and 2. The Washington native has always had interest in Gonzaga, even after commitment to Oregon St. and Washington. Mclaughlin recently came out with a top 5 that features Gonzaga, Washington, Utah, Oregon St. and Wisconsin. Mclaughlin has visits setup to Oregon St., Utah and Wisconsin and could potentially take an official to Gonzaga before making a decision. Mclaughlin has said he is open to waiting until the Spring before making his choice.
A name that may be new to the radar is Zack Norvell. The Chicago native had a huge summer with the Mac Irvin Fire and he is the true definition of a scoring guard. Although distance may be a factor in his recruitment, the staff really likes his talent and is working to potentially setup a visit with. While there have been some reports that he may try and take an unofficial soon, this is not something that is currently setup.
Two Emerge In 2017
In what could be very good news for Gonzaga, the early verdict is that the state of Washington has some serious talent in the 2017 class. Two of those local guys have earned serious interest from the coaching staff and will be priorities for the next 18 months.
Coming off an impressive summer with Seattle Rotary, Daejon Davis earned an offer earlier this week.
Blessed to receive an offer from Gonzaga #Doubted...— Daejon Davis (@DaejonDavis) July 29, 2015
Davis is an impressive kid on the court, as he has the ability to shoot from the perimeter, but also the athleticism and strength to get to the rim against the top talent in the country. At this point, Davis hasn't really focused on recruiting, but expect him to get more serious about in the Fall.
The other local product that has impressed is Corey Kispert of FOH and King high school. He fits the mold of the versatile wing that Gonzaga has had a ton of success with. He can really shoot the ball and has the size to guard multiple positions on the perimeter.
Friends of Hoop has a talented 2017 wing in Corey Kispert. About 6-5, strong frame, terrific stroke and very high basketball IQ.— Josh Gershon (@JoshGershon) July 16, 2015