Top Transfer Marcus Foster Considering Gonzaga

Former Kansas State guard is considering transferring to Gonzaga to finish out his college basketball career.

Foster finished his sophomore season at KSU with per-game averages of 12.5 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists. He shot 34.7% from three-point land. This comes after a freshman season in which he scored 15.5 points a contest and put up 3.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. The 6’2” guard shot 39.5% from deep in his first season at Kansas State.

It’s probably safe to say he’d be forgiven for doing this if he suits up for the Zags.

Foster is also considering Creighton, Cincinnati and LSU.

Fellow sought-after transfer Nigel Williams-Goss is also considering Gonzaga. 

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Nigel Williams-Goss Transfer: Guard Considering Gonzaga Among Others

University of Washington guard Nigel Williams-Goss is leaving UW. The Oregon native and former McDonald’s All-American will transfer and is reportedly considering Gonzaga. According to Chris Haynes, the guard is also considering UNLV, Texas, Georgetown, Michigan State and Arkansas. He averaged 15.6 points, 5.9 assists, 4.7 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game at UW last season.

The Zags already have their future point guard in Josh Perkins, but a backcourt of Williams-Goss and Perkins would be pretty dynamic, not to mention fun to watch. Just for kicks and whistles, here’s some highlights of Perkins’ passing.

Stanford and Cal apparently reached out to the guard, but as Haynes notes, programs can make it tough to transfer within conferences.

One thing is for certain, if Williams-Goss heads to Gonzaga, it would certainly spice up a rivalry that has grown dormant in the past few years.

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March Madness Recep: Bracket Check, Gonzaga’s Future

Here’s a list of links to my bracket. I didn’t exactly ace it. 

For Gonzaga fans, here’s a look at GU’s future and what to expect for next season. 

Speaking of next season and the future, here’s a look at departing senior Kevin Pangos’ replacement, and next great GU guard, Josh Perkins.

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Gonzaga Basketball: Kevin Pangos’ Replacement

With Kevin Pangos graduating, here’s what the future at point guard looks like for the Zags. Meet Josh Perkins.

With that kind of passing and an elite front-line of Kyle Wiltjer, Przemek Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis returning to Spokane, expect the Zags to make another run in March in 2016 as they chase an elusive Final Four berth.

Gonzaga Links: Karnowski’s Passing, Duke Matchup, 2011 Recruiting Class

Here’s the latest from Know Hitter on the Gonzaga Bulldogs.

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March Madness: Key Stats from Gonzaga vs UCLA

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• 18—the number of points scored by Przemek Karnowski against UCLA. The 7’1” center destroyed the Bruins’ front-line, drawing Shaq comparisons. Karnowski also had nine rebounds and two assists. You can view those assists here, they’re pretty nifty.

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• 3—the number of made three pointers by the Zags. They took 19. Kyle Wiltjer missed all three of his shots from deep while Kevin Pangos finished 1-for-7.
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• 10—the number of rebounds by Wiltjer, well above his average of 6.2 per game. The skilled big-man had a rough shooting night after going 18-for-24 over the first two games. Wiltjer shot 33.3% from the field on 4-of-12 shots. He only scored eight points but contributed with the 10 rebounds as well as four assists, a steal and a block.

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• 14—the number of points scored by senior and former USC Trojan Byron Wesley. Wesley clearly enjoyed playing against his former rivals. In two contests this season, the slasher has averaged 17 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

March Madness: How Gonzaga Matches up with Duke

Gonzaga and Duke will meet in the South Regional final for a chance to go to the Final Four. In some ways, the matchup represents two very different, yet similar teams. Duke is former champion steeped in tradition seeking yet another Final Four berth while Gonzaga searches for an elusive appearance on college basketball’s biggest stage to cement itself among the best.

Both teams like to get up and down and score, so expect an entertaining game. Many will pick Duke thanks to the Blue Devil’s slightly higher seed and the fact that they don’t really respect Gonzaga. Most basketball fans won’t admit to disrespecting the Zags, but there is a level of disbelief that continues to follow Gonzaga.

Even after the program reached the Elite Eight. Yes, that’s right, the Elite Eight, pundits are still doubting the Zags. Sure, GU didn’t exactly knockout #1 seeds in the tournament, but that doesn’t mean they should be knocked for reaching this point for the first time since 1999. It’s almost like taking the easy way out and forming an opinion without watching Gonzaga enough to realize that yes, they are in fact really good and can beat anyone. They even have the size to challenge and compete with Kentucky.

After the Zags’ Przemek Karnowski-led frontline destroyed their UCLA counterparts, the Zags will face Duke in Houston on Sunday. Some will tell you otherwise, but GU actually matches up well with the Blue Devils.

The South’s top-seeded team feature three extremely talented freshman in Jahlil Okafor, Tyus Jones and Justice Winslow. Outside of the trio and Quinn Cook, Coach K has exactly zero players averaging double-figures. Duke has depth issues, but the team is generally able to overcome them thanks to their stars, especially Okafor. The Blue Devils have Marshall Plumlee and Amile Jefferson, but other than that there is a definite dearth of size. Additionally, neither are even close to being in the same discussion as Okafor offensively. Winslow was slid to the four next to Okafor at center to help combat this. While Winslow will likely be tasked with slowing down Kyle Wiltjer, Okafor will have issues with Karnowski and Domantas Sabonis on both ends of the floor.

The beauty of Gonzaga’s frontline is that they not only features a rotation of bigs, but that those bigs can beat you in different ways. Wiltjer is the stretch four who can score from any spot on the floor while Sabonis is the rare freshman with an extremely polished offensive, low-post game. He also brings energy, size and rebounding to the team when he enters the game. Karnowski is a different matchup entirely. The 7’1” center is the definition of an immovable object in the lane with soft hands and potent array of hook shots.

With all three at his disposal, Mark Few relies on a rotation, which was on full display against UCLA as the Zags’ coach constantly subbed the post players in and out in order to keep them fresh. With Duke expected to heavily rely on Okafor, tiring him out will be key. This won’t be hard with the rotation and number of screens the Zags tend to set.

Gonzaga’s opponents also have a tendency to pile up fouls quickly, often leaving the Zags in the bonus for long stretches of the game. Most of this has to do with post players trying to grapple with the “mountain masquerading as a man” known as Przemek Karnowski. Karnowski’s size also provides him the opportunity to shut down Okafor on the defensive end. Simply put, Karnowski is a big dude and despite his offensive gifts, Okafor will have trouble scoring on him.

Getting Okafor gassed and/or in foul trouble will give the Zags a leg up in the game. It will also expose the Blue Devils lack of depth. In Duke’s last two tournament games they have played one exactly one player more than 10 minutes, and that was Jefferson who averages 6.6 points per game.

Outside of the starting five for GU, Sabonis essentially plays “starter minutes” off the bench while Kyle Dranginis’ minute totals approach “starter” territory. If it turns into a game of depth, the Zags will have the upper hand.

There will be offensive fireworks with both teams likely to have adjusted to the cavernous backdrop of the stadium in Houston. Expect an entertaining match as both the Zags and Blue Devils seek a Final Four berth.

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