The Gonzaga Bulldogs were already the preseason No. 1 team in the country and now they just got quite a bit better. Junior guard Andrew Nembhard has been granted a waiver for his transfer and is eligible to play this season.
Big Gonzaga roster news: Guard Andrew Nembhard, a transfer from Florida, had his waiver approved. He is eligible to play, beginning with Thursday's game against Kansas. Nembhard was two-year starter at Florida. Joins a deep, talented Zag backcourt.— Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) November 24, 2020
Nembhard joins a backcourt featuring the likes of Jalen Suggs, Joel Ayayi, Aaron Cook, and Dominick Harris. Nembhard started for two years at Florida, and now gives Mark Few the opportunity to throw out two point guards at the same time, circa 2017 with Nigel Williams-Goss and Josh Perkins.
Too much of a good thing? Who cares. There is no harm in having two more than capable ball handlers in both Suggs and Nembhard. Few and company will have to juggle minutes, and it seems with the approval of Nembhard’s waiver, the player most likely to see a decrease in potential playing time is the freshman Harris.
The Zags are now officially stacked at virtually every single position. Just off the top of the head, a “small ball” lineup of Suggs, Nembhard, Ayayi, Corey Kispert and Drew Timme is going to be just fine with the trio of 6’5 guards. Off the bench you would have Anton Watson, Aaron Cook, Julian Strawther, Dominick Harris, Pavel Zakharov, and Oumar Ballo. The Zags could legitimately go 10 players deep this season.