It appears 2021 four-star recruit Ben Gregg is reclassifying to the Class of 2020 and will be eligible to play for the Gonzaga Bulldogs immediately.
THE TIME IS NOW! I have been blessed with an opportunity to graduate high school early and be immediately eligible to play basketball at Gonzaga University. Let’s get to work! #ZAGUP #GRE33ACY pic.twitter.com/qyGghYKdcV— ben gregg (@bengregg20) December 17, 2020
Gregg, a 6’8 power forward, is ranked as the No. 60 player in the Class of 2021 out of Clackamas High School, in Clackamas, Oregon. With high school sports on pause due to COVID, it appears that Gregg has decided to leave high school and enroll in Gonzaga now.
In a press release, Gonzaga said, “He will be available to play as a freshman once he passes all university health protocols.”
Alongside the news of Andrew Nembhard’s granted waiver, this is a time for the Zags to get richer. Perhaps the only real hole on the roster was in the front court, which has largely been occupied by Drew Timme, with Oumar Ballo able to provide a few minutes. Getting Gregg into the mix will add a bit of depth to the position, if he is able to contribute immediately.
Either way, from a basketball standpoint, it doesn’t matter if he can’t even play. He will be able to practice with the squad, something he cannot do currently as his senior basketball season washes down the remote learning drain due to COVID-19.
Weird situation for sure, but not that surprising. Basketball players often take summer courses to ensure they can reclassify all the time. If Gregg has his credits, he can get his diploma, and begin the next step at GU.