It’s been just over a month since Gonzaga lost to Baylor in the National Title game. A bunch has happened in that one month. Oumar Ballo, Pavel Zakharov, Aaron Cook, and Tommy Lloyd have all left for new adventures. Chet Holmgren and Rasir Bolton both committed to Gonzaga. There are rumors swirling that they may add Nolan Hickman to the class of 2021 as well.
As the offseason moves into a more dull period, here are some important dates to consider:
- May 18-21: NBA Play-in series
Right now, Domantas Sabonis and the Indiana Pacers along with Brandon Clarke (and Killian Tillie) and the Memphis Grizzlies would both play in the NBA play-in tournament.
- May 30: NBA Early Entry Deadline (11:59 p.m. ET)
Drew Timme still has not said anything on his status for next season. Most assume he will eventually return to Spokane, but those same folks believe he will test the NBA Draft waters and at least go through the process. The deadline to make that announcement comes at the end of the month. By all accounts, Andrew Nembhard will not be testing the waters and will return next season.
- NBA Draft Combine: June 21-27
- NBA Draft Lottery: June 22
The combine and lottery will give us a better idea of where Jalen Suggs, Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, and Filip Petrusev may end up in the draft.
- NCAA Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline: July 7 (11:59 pm ET)
If Drew Timme does indeed go through the NBA Draft process, the date the NCAA sets for to withdraw his name is two weeks after the combine, which would be July 7 this Summer.
- NBA Draft: July 29
Four Gonzaga players will likely be drafted this year, with all four of them having first round potential. It will be a historic night for the GU program.
- Summer Olympics: July 23 - August 8
Assuming these actually take place in Japan still, Rui Hachimura could be the hometown hero as he plays in the Olympics. Rosters have not been confirmed for any country, but he was planning on being Japan’s national team last Summer before the pandemic pushed the event back a year.