Jamal Bey, a 6’6 winger from Las Vegas, Nevada, is taking an official visit to Gonzaga on October 7.
Bey is rated a three-star prospect in the class of 2018 according to 247 Sports. He is also rated as the No. 5 best prospect coming out of Nevada.
What do we know about Bey? Judging from his mixtape videos, he is one of the greatest prospects the world has ever seen!
But seriously, Bey looks like a multi-dimensional guard, just like the Youtube description says. He seems just as comfortable taking a long range shot as he is attacking the hoop and drawing contact. He is a big guard at the moment, 6’6 and 185 pounds, with plenty of time to add on more muscle.
For the most part, this looks like it might be an uphill battle for Gonzaga to win. Bey is garnering a lot of interest from Pac 12 schools, most notably from the Washington Huskies. They have been on him for quite some time, and he has already taken an unofficial visit to Seattle, as well as scheduled his official visit. Back in July, he told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he is leaning towards Washington, USC, or UNLV at the moment.
With that aside, the Zags have an ace up their sleeve which can be thoroughly summed up by the following picture.
Granted, it is up to the coaching staff to make the final pitch, but a word or two from Zach Collins couldn’t hurt. Collins basically had the year of dreams for Gonzaga, and has been on the record saying pretty much only the utmost positive things about the Bulldog program possible.
By 2018, the Zags will have room in the backcourt for a big body like Bey’s. Silas Melson will graduate after this season. Rui Hachimura has been tossed about in 2018 mock drafts here and there. The Zags have a player like Bey in Corey Kispert, but the beauty of the winger is you can fill two positions on the court -- and the Zags will have one hole left by Melson. There is room on the roster that makes sense.
But again, recruiting is all about relationships, and the Zags are getting a late start on this one compared to some other schools.