There are plenty of questions for the Gonzaga Bulldogs heading into the offseason. That is a given. No team in any sport ever heads into an offseason without questions.
That said, Gonzaga has more than its fair share. And this comes a season after having more than its fair share of questions as well. So let's try and take a look at some of the bigger ones the Zags are facing.
What will the frontcourt look like?
As of right now, the frontcourt consists of Przemek Karnowski, Ryan Edwards, Johnathan Williams--and that isn't even talking the incoming freshman. Zach Collins, Killian Tillie and Jacob Larsen are all there to bolster the crew. We can basically start talking about how we have one of the best frontcourts in the country now.
But there is a good chance the frontcourt won't look like that by the time the season starts. How good of a chance, no one is really sure. Sabonis is off to the NBA Draft, and Karnowski is primed to collect his paycheck overseas. That reduces our once best ever frontcourt into a frontcourt consisting of a foul-prone 7-footer and a slightly undersized power forward, backed by up what looks to be a sure thing in Collins and a couple of question marks in Tillie and Larsen.
We call Tillie and Larsen question marks because we have less to go off. We can probably retire the question marks, however, because Tommy Lloyd's sure-fire hit rate in his European travels is approximately 1,000 percent. This staff rarely strikes out on its foreign recruits, especially from Europe. It is about time we place faith in them. It also doesn't necessarily mean that Tillie or Larsen are going to be ready to log 20 minutes per game their freshman season.
That said, if Karnowski bounces as well, the frontcourt goes from deep and stellar to deep and inexperienced. There will be some growing pains there.
What about Rui Hachimura?
This is probably one of the biggest questions no one has any answers for. Hachimura has announced his love for Gonzaga, but he hasn't specifically said whether he will play in 2016, or reclassify for the 2017-18 season. It also might not be his choice.
Questions still for Rui Hachimura if he'll pass tests to get into Gonzaga. Hopefully he's hitting books hard instead of coming to #AST2016— David Hein (@heinnews) March 28, 2016
Either way, according to Fran Fraschilla, the Zags are getting an absolute beast in Hachimura, who might end up being one of the best under the radar overseas signings the Zags have ever gotten.
Here's @franfraschilla on the #Zags incoming international trio, with some very high praise for Rui Hachimura. pic.twitter.com/KAEcambRD2— Darnay Tripp (@DarnayTripp) March 31, 2016
There is plenty of room for Hachimura to make a big impact if he decides to show up for the 2016-17 season. The Zags don't really have a true winger, and actually rarely have had one. Hachimura might be able to fill that void.
Will this team be able to hit any three-pointers?
Thank goodness for Josh Perkins, because without him, this backcourt might be in for a world of hurt. Perkins hit 46.3 percent of his three-pointers in conference play to help average out a disastrous start to the season. Overall, he went 37.8 percent from beyond the arc last season.
Other than him, the pickings are a bit slim. Silas Melson is a career 32.9 percent three-point shooter, and this season he was much better when he was driving the ball as close to the hoop as possible. Nigel Williams-Goss is a career 30.7 percent three-point shooter. Yeah, Bryan Alberts is still hanging out with his very respectable 40.4 percent average, but minutes are hard to come by for him.
Luckily, Zack Norvell is coming to the rescue. The incoming recruit once hit 14 three-pointers in a game, and should help provide a bit of offensive firepower, as long as he is ready to compete. As we saw with both Melson and Perkins, sometimes, recruits take a little bit longer to come into their own.
I'm sure I missed some, so if you got other ones, let's chat 'em out in the comments.