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Weekly Zag Briefing

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Mondays can be tough, so here's a collection of Gonzaga-related news from around the Internet to get you through the day.

Zag Notes

  • ESPN Draft Insider, Chad Ford, lists Domantas Sabonis as the #29 pick to the San Antonio Spurs in his latest mock draft. Since the mock is behind a pay-wall, we can't show you the whole thing, but we can include what Ford wrote about Domas.
    Sabonis is the perfect sort of Spurs player - highly intelligent, tough, super-productive -- especially as a rebounder. But he lacks the flash and upside of players going ahead of him. He'd thrive under Gregg Popovich."
  • The NCAA listed The Kennel as one of 5 college basketball venues every fan must attend, proving that every now and then, the NCAA can get something right. While the Kennel this season has not been the fortress it was in years past, it's nice to get some recognition for the great atmosphere created there for each game.
  • The U.S. Basketball Writers Association lists Kyle Wiltjer as one of 20 players on their midseason watch list for the Oscar Robertson Award.
  • The latest projected bracket from Joe Lunardi, Professor of Bracketology, lists Gonzaga as a 9th seed in the Midwest Region with a 2nd-round matchup against Utah in Des Moines. That projection features a possible 3rd-round game against Kansas, with the winner advancing to the Sweet 16 in Chicago. Lunardi also has the team who shall not be named in the same region as a #7 seed.
  • Class of 2016 recruit, Zach Collins, was named to the McDonald's All-American Team. He will be the program's first incoming freshman to have received this honor. Gonzaga's three previous McDonald's All-Americans (Micah Downs, Kyle Wiltjer, and Nigel Williams-Goss) all transferred in.
  • ESPN's RecruitingNation bumped Zach Collins up to #37 on its updated national rankings, while Zach Norvell comes in at #81. Gonzaga moves up seven spots to the #19 recruiting class in the nation (ESPN Insider only).
  • HBO released the first teaser trailer for its 5-part miniseries chronicling the 2015-16 Zags' pursuit of a tournament berth.

  • Sam Vecenie, a CBS college basketball writer, recapped the tragedy in Moraga last Thursday night.
  • Courtney Vandersloot, a Gonzaga Women's Basketball Alum and current guard for the WNBA's Chicago Sky, was named as one of 25 finalists for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Women's Basketball Team. The Olympic Squad will have a training camp at the end of February, with final cuts and roster announcements coming shortly thereafter. Good luck to Courtney!
  • The Lady Zags split their two home games over the weekend, and sit at 14-7 on the season.


  • Joe Lunardi examines the idea no one wants to think about, whether Gonzaga's tournament streak could end this year.
  • The WCC This Week examines the year Domas is having, sits down with him to discuss this season, and to ask what it's like to be the son of Arvydas Sabonis. The video also features nice comments from assistant coach Tommy Lloyd and fellow bash-brother, Kyle Wiltjer.