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Gonzaga expected to hire Vanderbilt coach Roger Powell Jr.

He would replace the retiring Donny Daniels.

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The Gonzaga Bulldogs are expected to hire former Vanderbilt Associate Head Coach Roger Powell Jr., Evan Daniels reported yesterday.

Jim Meehan confirmed the news yesterday as well. Powell will replace the outgoing Donny Daniels, who announced his retirement earlier this week. Like the consummate professional, Coach Daniels gave Mark Few plenty of time to find his replacement, informing Few of his intention to retire nearly two years ago.

Powell was a three-year starter at Illinois and was part of the championship appearing team in 2005. He played five seasons professionally, all in Europe.

Powell is hooked into the Illinois/Midwest basketball season, which will be an interesting shift for the Gonzaga coaching staff. Daniels wheelhouse was the west coast basketball circuit. Having an ear to the ground of the fertile basketball land that is the Midwest is not a bad thing.

Powell has coached since 2011, first as an assistant coach at Valparaiso, and then for three years as an associate head coach at Vanderbilt.