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This is the most balanced squad Gonzaga has ever had

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In five games, five different players have led the Zags in scoring.

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After last night’s outburst against Florida, Josh Perkins now leads the team in scoring, at a very un-Gonzaga like 12.3 points per game. After that, the competition for leading scorer on the team is a multitude of players one big game away.

Tied for second are Zach Collins, Nigel Williams-Goss and Johnathan Williams, averaging 11.8 points per game. Przemek Karnowski is bringing up the rear with 11.6 points per game.

Gonzaga hasn’t had a team with five players averaging double-digit points since the 1995-96 season, featuring the likes of Kyle Dixon, Scott Snider, Lorenzo Rollins, Jon Kinloch and Paul Rogers—not exactly household names in the annals of Gonzaga’s history.

This year’s squad is different, however. Jordan Mathews is just a couple more threes made away from joining the list of players averaging over 10 points per game. There is no sign that any of this is going to change either.

Through five games, the Zags have had five different players lead the team in scoring. No team in the top 25 has had a different player lead its team in scoring each night except for Gonzaga.

  • vs. Utah Valley: Silas Melson, 17 points
  • vs. San Diego State: Jordan Mathews, 17 points
  • vs. Bryant: Przemek Karnowski, 22 points
  • vs. Quinnipiac: Johnathan Williams/Zach Collins, 13 points
  • vs. Florida: Josh Perkins, 18 points

That is an impressive spread of players, and it doesn’t even include Nigel Williams-Goss. Theoretically, the Zags can extend that impressive little stat against Iowa State if the ball bounces the correct way.

Regardless, there are balanced teams on offense, and then there are balanced teams on offense. The Zags have a multitude of weapons at their disposal, and it should only get better as the year goes on. There is still a lot of gelling this team needs to do, as we have seen in that absolutely corrosive first half against Florida. They are quite talented, but there are also a ton of new faces learning how to ball with each other.

Once that gelling is complete, this Gonzaga team is going to be a nightmare to contend with, because each and every player on the floor is someone who will keep you honest. Last season, teams had to plan around Kyle Wiltjer and Domantas Sabonis, and even struggled to do that at times, but the rest of the team was easier to contend with. Not so this season, and it is going to be a real fun thing to watch.