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Edwards recruitment featured on Yahoo!

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A nice little article with a bit of insight into the recruiting process. Crazy that it sounds like it caught everybody by surprise. http://sports.yahoo.com/blogs/ncaab-the-dagger/gonzaga-may-uncovered-rare-hidden-gem-ryan-edwards-193800077--ncaab.html

Luke Winn has GU in his Top 10 for 2012-2013

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It seems like everyone else has GU around #20 but Luke seems to have a lot of faith in Pangos/Bell to put the Zags in at #7.

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Bell vs. Wroten One Season Later

Now that the season has ended and Tony Wroten has prematurely ended his career at UW to see if his skill set will translate to the NBA, I thought it would be interesting to compare GBJ and Tony...

Pangos the 4th Best Freshman So Far

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Pangos getting some sold ink in this Insider article. Not only is he ranked in the top five but he has also been labeled "Best Freshman Guard." The thing that excites me most with Pangos is that he is not the type of player who jumps ship to the NBA so the prospect of seeing him develop over a few seasons is exciting to say the least. Here is his summary for those who don't have Insider access: 4. Kevin Pangos, Gonzaga Bulldogs See No. 7. Pangos can be usefully summarized in broad strokes as Trey Burke, but much more accurate. Way back in November, "the book" on Pangos was to force him to put the ball on the floor, but when opponents realized this excellent perimeter shooter was also making 55 percent of his 2s, that book had to be thrown away. Pangos was a three-star prospect coming out of high school in Canada, and his slightly built 6-1 frame won't land him on any all-airport teams, goodness knows. But to this point in the season, he's been the best freshman point guard in the country.

Birch to visit GU

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This link is Insider only so I am posting it in it's entirety below. Birch needs to make a decision soon and will be hitting the road to visit a number of schools. It's hard to say what Gu's chances are at this point but it is nice to be on the list. Here is Dave Telep's post: The re-recruitment of former McDonald’s All-American and Pittsburgh freshman Khem Birch, officially begins this week. According to Birch’s mother, the process begins on Tuesday. "Starting tomorrow he’s going to go to visit Florida, New Mexico State and UNLV," Wendy Sparks said. "The next week he wants to take a visit too. I’m not sure where he’s going to visit next but he wants to make his decision next week." Gonzaga and Oregon State, according to Sparks, are on a list for visits as well. The reality is a decision is in the near future so the process is more like speed dating. By mid-January at the latest, Birch will need to be enrolled in a new school. "He’s looking for development, a school that will develop him like a big man," Sparks said. "Khem’s mentality is that he wants to play the sport and if he makes the (NBA) he wants to be good. Khem wants to learn as much as he can. He wants a school that’s going to run him up and down the court. He doesn’t want to play center, he wants to be a four." Birch averaged 4.4 points and five rebounds through 10 games. He was the highest-ranked player Jamie Dixon recruited during his tenure at Pitt.

Coach Monson Taking Care of Business at LBSU

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Great article about Coach Monson's journey. I hope the committee doesn't try to be clever by putting GU against them in the tourney this year because that is going to be a tough game for any team.

Kevin Pangos Raw Interview

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Everything about this kid impresses me. Incredibly well spoken and confident for his age. Can't wait to see the encore performance!

ESPN's Complete WCC Preview

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I have been waiting for this preview for awhile, for some reason the WCC was one of the last to be featured (and no, it wasn't done in alphabetical order). Tons of great content including the Blue Ribbon Previews if you are an ESPN Insider.

McConnell Gets Drafted...

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By the LA Dodgers?!? Getting drafted in the 31st round doesn't give him much of a chance at playing in the majors, but it is pretty good considering the fact that he hasn't played baseball since high school. Of all of the Gaels of the last decade he is the one that I respect the most and hate the least so it seems appropriate to wish him the best.

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2012 WCC Tournament Changes

With the inclusion of BYU it was necessary to make some changes in the format of the WCC Basketball Tournament.  Per the end of season WCC press release the tournament will go from Wednesday...

Juco recruit Guy Landry to visit this weekend

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This came from the last paragraph of the S-R article about Manny's release but I felt it deserved its own fanshot. Grab a pair of clean shorts, just in case you have the same reaction I did and check out this mixtape: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8fEboAS3was I know we are guard heavy but I always love an athletic guard who can slash and fly out of the gym. The article also confirms the Bryce Jones visit next week.

Katz on USD

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I can't stress enough how much I feel for Coach Grier. He was already under the microscope after dropping off in the last few seasons. I can't help but wonder how many of those losses were fixed by his players. It is probably safe to assume that they simply lost games that they were supposed to lose by a large margin to allow the other team to beat the spread, but if you are dirty enough to shave points you are capable of some pretty terrible things.

USD Point Shaving Scandal

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Fortunately Coach Grier has nothing to do with this but it must be terrible for him to know that it was happening under his nose. The people named in the indictment are USD star player Brandon Johnson, Brandon Dowdy and ex-Assistant Coach Thaddeus Brown. I have a feeling this isn't the last that we will hear about this.

Vandersloot goes 3rd in WNBA Draft!

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Congrats Courtney! Drafted 3rd overall by the Chicago Sky. I hope she has a wildly successful professional career.

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New 2011 recruit on the horizon?!?

I'm not even sure how I got there but I just ran across a couple of tweets from Chase Webb out of Erie, CO saying that he has been talking to GU and SMC coaches and that one of our assistants has...

Bryce Jones to visit GU 4/22

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He is down to UNLV, SDSU and GU. He will be visiting SDSU first, then GU in a few weeks and is waiting on the coaching situation at UNLV.

Great NYT article about Vandersloot

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Not much to say, can't wait for tonight! Time to make history!

Giacoletti withdraws name from consideration at NIU

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As of yesterday it appeared that we would be losing Giacoletti to the NIU Huskies, but Jim Meehan is reporting today that he has withdrawn his name from consideration. This doesn't mean he won't find himself reaching for the golden ring on the coaching carousel, but for now he is staying in Spokane. Hopefully he will decide that a trip to the Looff in Riverfront Park is good enough for him.

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Women's Team to Play in Spokane Until Final Four!

While it may seem like on the surface that the women's team got screwed in their seeding (they are much better than an 11 seed).  I couldn't be happier that they were placed in the Spokane...

Great article about David Stockton

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One more from around the web, this is from the Yahoo sports blog and is currently on Yahoo's front page.

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EWU Fires Coach Earlywine. Could Hayford or McIntyre get the call?

After only four years, Coach Earlywine was given the pink slip this morning.  There is some great coaching talent in Spokane that could possibly step up to the challenge, namely Coach McIntyre and...

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The BYU Effect

We have a few days before the WCC Tourney Semifinal and BYU is playing their best basketball in the school's history, so it seems like now is as good a time as any to discuss the future of the WCC...

Post-smackdown Interview with Elias Harris

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Quick interview from after the game along with a decent article by Diamond Leung from ESPN.

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A quick break from the sausage fest.

I know we all get caught up in the Men's team (myself included) but the Women are putting together a great season and deserve a little love as well.  Here are some quick shots on their...

Elias Harris Update (Spoiler: It's Good News!)

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Elias' 2nd MRI didn't reveal a tear, he practiced on Thursday and is expected to play against the Illini! Should make the road trip that much more pleasant :)

Mark Few Interview from the Houston Chronicle

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Nothing earth shaking for someone who has been following the Zags, but an interesting article nonetheless.

ESPN the Magazine plus Insider access for $1.99/year

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This will only be available for another 10 hours but I know people have taken advantage of these in the past and it's an incredible deal. $1.99 for 26 issues of ESPN the magazine plus you can get access to the Insider articles online when you get the ESN number from your first issue.

Excellent WCC Preview from ESPN

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This is a great look at a lot of the pressing questions in the WCC this season. All are valid, well thought out and certainly worth a look.

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