Gonzaga Bulldogs News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
The Slipper Still Fits: 2019 Recruiting: Anton Watson invited to U19 World Cup team training camp
Gonzaga Bulldogs 2019 recruit Anton Watson was invited to the USA Basketball Men's U19 World Cup Team training camp, June 15-18, at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Watson is one of 34 athletes to receive an invitation, which will eventually be whittled down to a 12-man roster. The U19 team departs for the FIBA World Cup in Greece on June 24.
Of note for Gonzaga fans is the invitation of 2020 Gonzaga recruit Jalen Suggs. Gonzaga has been hard on the chase for Suggs, the No. 10 ranked recruit by 247 Sports.
The Slipper Still Fits: Report: Zach Norvell Staying in 2019 NBA Draft
During his workout with the Atlanta Hawks this morning, Zach Norvell Jr. told reporters that he has decided to stay in the NBA draft and will forgo his final two years of eligibility at Gonzaga.
Gonzaga's Zach Norvell said he's 100 percent locked into this draft and won't return to school.-- Chris Kirschner (@ChrisKirschner) May 9, 2019
This doesn't come as a huge surprise if you've been following reports the last couple of weeks. Sam Vecenie of The Athletic posted recently that NBA scouts and GMs were under the impression that Norvell would indeed stay in this draft as opposed to the 2020 draft.
The Slipper Still Fits: Brandon Clarke, Zach Norvell and Killian Tillie invited to NBA Draft Combine
Gonzaga Bulldogs players Brandon Clarke, Killian Tillie and Zach Norvell received invites to the NBA Draft Combine, which is scheduled for next week, May 14-19.
Right off the bat, one might be asking, where is Rui Hachimura? That is a fair question to ask. Often times, players that are dead set on the NBA, and have hired agents, turn down their invitation to the combine, electing to workout for teams in private. If you remember back in 2016, Domantas Sabonis turned down his invitation as well.
The Slipper Still Fits: Killian Tillie receives NBA Draft combine invite
Killian Tillie will also be attending the NBA Draft Combine on May 14-19, Jim Meehan of the Spokesman Review reported on Sunday.
Gonzaga's Killian Tillie received an invite to the NBA Draft Combine (May 14-19 in Chicago). He sprained his ankle Friday at workout for the Atlanta Hawks, but it didn't sound too serious. Previously reported that Norvell, Hachimura and Clarke received combine invites.-- Jim Meehan (@SRJimm) May 6, 2019
As also stated in Meehan's tweet, Tillie sprained his ankle last Friday in a private workout with the Atlanta Hawks, so he will have a little over a week to prepare himself for the workout.
The Slipper Still Fits: Admon Gilder Chooses Gonzaga
Texas A&M graduate transfer guard Admon Gilder gave his verbal commitment to play at Gonzaga next season. The 6'4" guard is immediately eligible and will help fill a hole in Gonzaga's back court.
Gilder was on campus this weekend and obviously enjoyed what he saw as he committed right away. The two sides had great interest in each other and the style of play and fit for Gilder ended up outweighing his options to play closer to home (Texas, SMU, TCU).
Gilder missed all of last season because of a blood clot in his arm. If he is back to his sophomore and junior year form, he is an excellent addition.
The Slipper Still Fits: Pitching Gonzaga to Boogie Ellis
If you haven't heard the news, Boogie Ellis (the #34 overall player in the 2019 class) has decommitted from Duke and has re-opened his recruitment. I'd like to to think he decided to leave Duke because of the return of Tre Jones and the fact that he wanted to be the lead point guard. I get it.
The five-star point guard from San Diego, California has been getting looked at by Washington, Georgetown, Virginia, Arizona, Oregon, Gonzaga, Kansas, Memphis, UCLA and Vanderbilt. So what basketball program would be the best fit for him to excel and prosper as a PG?
The Slipper Still Fits: Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder to visit Gonzaga
Texas A&M graduate transfer Admon Gilder will be on campus this weekend as he looks at the Gonzaga Bulldogs program, Jeff Goodman reported last night.
Gilder missed all of last season because of a blood clot in his arm. His junior season (2017-18), he averaged 12.3 points as the starting two-guard for the Aggies, who made it to the Sweet 16 that season.
Gonzaga is searching for some backcourt assistance. Both Josh Perkins and Geno Crandall graduated, and there are growing indications (based off of a combine invite) that Zach Norvell Jr.
ESPN.com: Assistant: Miller paid 10K per month to Ayton
NEW YORK -- Federal prosecutors on Wednesday played a recording to the jury of a phone call intercepted by wiretaps, in which former Arizona assistant Emanuel "Book" Richardson told aspiring agent Christian Dawkins that Wildcats coach Sean Miller was paying star center Deandre Ayton $10,000 per month while he was enrolled there.
Prosecutors played the call, which was intercepted by wiretaps on June 20, 2017, to the jury near the end of its case.
Dawkins and Richardson we're discussing how to recruit Ayton as a client to Dawkins' fledgling sports management company.
While talking about Ayton, Richardson told Dawkins, "Sean's got to get the (expletive) out the way and let us work.
The Slipper Still Fits: Zach Norvell, Brandon Clarke and Rui Hachimura receive NBA Draft Combine invites
Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke, and Zach Norvell Jr. have all received invitations to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, according to posts on Twitter.
2019 NBA Draft Combine Invites
- DeAndre Hunter (Virginia)
- Neemias Queta (Utah St)
- Grant Williams (Tennessee)
- Nic Claxton (Georgia)
- Romeo Langford (Indiana)
- Rui Hachimura (Gonzaga)
- Darius Bazley (USA)
- Darius Garland (Vanderbilt)-- NBA Draft God (@NBADraftGod) April 27, 2019
2019 NBA Draft Combine Invites
Simi Shittu (Vanderbilt)
Brandon Clarke (Gonzaga)
Ja Morant (Murray St) will decline
Carsen Edwards (Purdue)
Keldon Johnson (Kentucky)
Ignas Brazdeikis (Michigan)
Zach Norvell (Gonzaga)
Jordan Poole (Michigan)
Mike Daum (South Dakota St)-- NBA Draft God (@NBADraftGod) April 28, 2019
Rui Hachimura is a no-brainer for the NBA and signed with an agent after the season ended.
The Slipper Still Fits: Year in Review: Filip Petrusev
When Filip Petrusev entered his name into the NBA Draft process last weekend, some people were wondering why in the world that would happen. If you take a look at the film of the Duke game in November, you will understand why. If you look at the offensive numbers, albeit a small(ish) sample size, you will understand why. If you talk to scouts who have watched Gonzaga play and practice, you will understand why.
In all likelihood, Petrusev will be back next season, and he will be one of the focal points of the offense, whether Killian Tillie returns or not.
The Slipper Still Fits: Year in Review: Corey Kispert
Field goal percentage .437 vs. .435, 3-point percentage .374 vs. .372, free throw percentage .875 vs .867, rebounds per 40 minutes 6.2 vs. 5.6. Quick, which statistics are Corey Kispert's and which are Zach Norvell's? Kispert's are the first numbers, the higher ones. To be fair, Norvell played more minutes (31 vs. 26), took more shots (11.3 vs 6.4), was a much better ball distributor (3.1 vs. 1 assist per game) and had more steals. Kispert though had more blocks with less turnovers. So how did Norvell make the Wooden Award preseason Top 50 and All-West Coast Conference First Team while several fans thought Kispert should lose his starting spot?
The Slipper Still Fits: Filip Petrusev to go through draft process, intends to return for sophomore year
Gonzaga Bulldogs freshman center Filip Petrusev is taking advantage of the new-ish NCAA/NBA Draft early entry rules and will engage in the draft process, with the full intention of returning for his sophomore season.
Source: Gonzaga freshman Filip Petrusev has declared for the 2019 NBA Draft with every intention to return for his sophomore season. Will get feedback and return to Gonzaga.-- Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) April 22, 2019
Since the rules changed and allowed all college players to submit their names for NBA Draft consideration without penalty, Petrusev's decree is unexpected, and something he should be doing.
The Slipper Still Fits: Farewell to Josh Perkins, the most underappreciated player in GU history
Josh Perkins was the face of the Gonzaga Bulldogs for almost all five years he was here, sometimes deservedly, sometimes because this fanbase just needed a lightning rod for blame.
Future fans will look at Perkins from the view of the record books, noting he holds the record for career assists at GU (709), the single-season assists record (231), and the most NCAA Tournament games played as a Zag (16).
The current crop of fans will either look at Perkins through two different lenses: a talented, albeit frustrating, point guard; or someone who was never good enough.
The Slipper Still Fits: Killian Tillie Declares for NBA Draft
The deadline to enter your name into the NBA Draft process was midnight eastern on Sunday night. Gonzaga and Killian Tillie released a statement 10 minutes prior to the deadline saying that Tillie will indeed be entering his name into the NBA Draft. Tillie plans on hiring an agent and will go through the draft evaluation and make a decision from there, much like Zach Norvell.
Killian Tillie I'm declaring for the NBA Draft: "I have informed Coach Few that I wish to take advantage of the new NCAA rules and enter my name into the NBA Draft.
The Slipper Still Fits: Zach Norvell Jr. declares for 2019 NBA Draft; remains eligible to return
Gonzaga Bulldogs sophomore guard Zach Norvell Jr. announced he will enter the 2019 NBA Draft pool, although he will remain eligible to return to Gonzaga if he so chooses.
Norvell is the third Gonzaga player to declare for the 2019 NBA Draft, joining forwards Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke. Clarke, like Norvell, still has the option to return to Gonzaga.
Snacks averaged 14.9 points for the Zags this season and was the leading three point shooter on the squad.
Norvell has not determined his final status and has until May 29 to determine whether or not he wishes to remain in the NBA Draft pool.