It’s good to see Gonzaga back in action, and even better to see them play to the level we were all hoping for—at least for one night—after our endless speculation about the talent of this team.
After each game this season, I’ll try to share some of my quick thoughts. With all necessary qualifiers about the talent level of the opponent and the fact it was just an exhibition, here are my observations from the game against West Georgia:
- The only thing that seemed to go wrong for Gonzaga in this game was the tipoff when the ball went straight to a West Georgia player for an easy layup.
- Przemek Karnowski looks healthy, but he’ll be the first to tell you he’s still working on getting his legs and lungs into top competitive condition.
- Gonzaga should have the rebounding edge in just about every game this season. The stable of bigs are all very good at cleaning the glass, particularly Johnathan Williams. Even the guards are above average.
- Nigel Williams-Goss doesn’t get rushed. He’s always playing under control, even when he finds trouble. Such a smooth operator. I think he wins WCC Player of the Year.
- Zach Collins has excellent feel in the post for someone his age. He also showed some high level footwork which is a testament to the work he puts in, and the coaching he’s received.
- Rui Hachimura demonstrated the physical tools that make your eyes pop, but is still very raw. Of the 4 remaining freshmen after Larsen’s redshirt, he’s the furthest away from being a steady contributor and most likely redshirt candidate. Will be a weapon as his development progresses.
- Jordan Mathews is an ELITE shooter. Easily replicates his mechanics and has a quick but simple release.
- Zach Norvell’s knee looks fine to me. Showed that Mathews isn’t the only shooter on this team. Will be another great player out of Simeon Career Academy.
- Tough shooting night for Bryan Alberts. He was more aggressive than last year and took his chances when they were there, but an 0-fer never feels good, especially considering the competition for minutes in the backcourt.
- Someone lost track of the number of fouls Zach Collins had because he should not have fouled out. It’s preseason for everyone.