Several Spokane media sources have confirmed Bryan Albert will transfer from Gonzaga. Alberts, who was a redshirt sophomore this past season, will attend classes during the summer and intends to graduate before transferring. Graduation will allow him to immediately play with two years of eligibility remaining. His transfer will open up a second scholarship slot for the upcoming season.
During the 15-16 season, Alberts played in 34 games, starting 10, but only averaged 11.4 minutes per contest. He scored 14 points against St. Martins, 12 against Loyola Marymount and grabbed 6 rebounds against San Francisco.
This past season, his minutes dropped to 5.9 per game with no starts. Unfortunately, he had to compete against possibly the country’s best four guard rotation, limiting his minutes to late game garbage time and the occasional situational substitution
Alberts, whose father is from Amsterdam, Netherlands, spent the past two summers traveling around Europe playing for the Netherlands National Team.
Bryan is a talented 3-point specialist and will have no problem finding a team who’ll utilize his skills and allow him to play big minutes. Next season, Zach Norvell will come off his redshirt and I expect Rui to spend the summer learning to play the “3”, which seems to be his natural position. With Josh Perkins and Silas Melson also returning, Gonzaga will add guards Jesse Wade and Corey Kispert. If Nigel Williams-Goss returns, minutes will be scarce in an already crowded, very competitive backcourt.
We wish Bryan the best of luck in his future endeavors and thank him for his contributions to three of the best, most memorable teams in the history of the Gonzaga Men’s Basketball program.