- Detailed NFL Mock Drafts, Player Prospect Rankings, and One of the Largest Mock Draft Databases on the Web

2011-12 College Basketball Season Preview: Gonzaga

Written by Paul Banks of the Washington Times, David Kay and Peter Christian of the The Sports Bank. Send Paul an e-mail here: paulb05 AT hotmail DOT com.
All other e-mail, including advertising and link proposals, send to:

Gonzaga Bulldogs (Last Year: 25-10, 11-5 in WCC)

2011-12 Projected Depth Chart:

C: Robert Sacre (Sr)/Sam Dower (So)

F: Elias Harris (Jr)/Kelly Olynyk (Jr)/Ryan Spangler (Fr)

G/F: Mathis Monninghoff (So)/Guy Landry Edi (Jr)

SG: Gary Bell Jr. (Fr)/Mathis Keita (So)/Kyle Dranginis (Fr)

PG: Marquise Carter (Sr)/Kevin Pangos (Fr)/David Stockton (So)/Chris Sarbaugh (Fr)

Gone: SG-Steven Gray, PG-Demetri Goodson (left to team to play football), SG-Keegan Hyland (transfer-Vermont), G/F-Manny Arop (transfer-Indiana State)

2011-12 Outlook:
11 straight conference championships. 14 20-plus win seasons in a row. 13 consecutive trips to the NCAA Tournament. It will be business as usual for the Gonzaga Bulldogs as they should remain the kings of the West Coast Conference even with the arrival of BYU. Unlike recent years though, the Bulldogs will rely on their veteran frontcourt as they go through some transition at guard.

That frontcourt will be anchored by Robert Sacre and Elias Harris. Sacre is a legit seven-footer who has a solid combination of strength and athleticism. He showed flashes last season but has to become a real dominating force inside for Gonzaga. After a terrific freshman season, Harris was hampered by injury last season and it definitely affected his level of play. He is an inside/outside threat and now that he is healthy, should be ready for a breakout junior year.

The Zags have solid depth behind Sacre and Harris. Kelly Olynyk is a finesse seven-footer who has a nice touch around the rim but also range out to the three-point line. Sam Dower is a physical force in the paint and actually finished fourth on the team in scoring despite playing less than 15 minutes per night. Freshman Ryan Spangler will likely be the odd man out of the rotation.

The backcourt is where the concern lies for the Bulldogs since they lose starters Matt Bouldin and Demetri Goodson, and key reserve Manny Arop. A lot of the pressure will land on the shoulders of Marquiese Carter, who really came on strong last season after seeing scattered playing time for the first half of the year. Carter is capable of playing either guard spot and it will be interesting to see who joins him in the starting lineup.

Mathis Monninghoff was a three-point specialist off the bench a year ago, connecting on 45.8% of his triple tries but figures to see a bigger role this year. Freshmen Gary Bell Jr. and Kevin Pangos should both compete for starting spots and regardless, both will see quality minutes right away. Bell Jr. is an undersized off guard but can really shoot the basketball. Pangos is a true point guard but can also score when needed.

JUCO transfer Guy Landry Eli and seldom-used Mathis Keita will hope to provide depth on the wing. Walk-on David Stockton found a role off the bench last season as Mark Few looked for a consistent answer at the point guard, but might be hard pressed to see as many minutes with Pangos and fellow freshman Chris Sarbaugh in the fold. Kyle Dranginis is another newcomer who adds even more depth at the guard spot.

There are plenty of options for Few at guard, but it is just a matter of finding out who will emerge in what role which might take some time. Few could also elect to go with a bigger lineup, playing Harris and Olynyk at the three and four so opponents should expect to see an early dose of feeding the post when they meet up with Gonzaga.

Player to Watch: Elias Harris, F
The German-born forward caught the eyes of NBA scouts after his great freshman campaign. An Achilles' injury bothered him at times throughout the year and he simply did not look like the Harris we saw during as a freshman. He struggled with his outside shot as his percentage dipped nearly 10%. Now that Harris is recovered from injury, he should return his old self and likely emerge as Gonzaga's go-to player.

Key Non-Conference Games:
  • 11/14 vs. Washington State
  • 11/30 vs. Notre Dame
  • 12/3 at Illinois
  • 12/10 vs. Michigan State
  • 12/17 vs. Arizona (in Seattle)
  • 12/20 vs. Butler
  • 12/31 at Xavier

    Predicted WCC Finish: 1st

    Leave a comment

    click on image to refresh it
    Cayden 03-07-2014 06:36 am (total posts: 1)
    2     2

    Much may be carried out to build up the crash-worthiness of the automobiles QuotesChimp generate. Security progress pieces has to be dealt with. Aspect-effect safety requirements ought to be updated to lessen thoracic/stomach harms and brain accidents from experience of the a pillar and from sidedoor ejection, especially in automobile-to-automobile aspect-effect accidents. Improved rollover-protection becomes necessary, using a necessity that antilock brakes be set up in each automobile to cut back roll overs. Automated inactive discipline security conditions, presently created for voyager vehicles, should really be expaned to incorporate gentle vehicles and vehicles, that have become increasingly more well-liked by the driving people. Less harms are equaled by safer automobiles. Less harms shift underwriters' numbers involving their threat of reduction. A lower-risk of reduction permits rates to be reduced by the corporations.
    Sara 01-08-2014 12:03 am (total posts: 1)
    3     3

    We saw this last week because we were draeepste to get out of the house and it was ADORABLE! My husband especially loved it because he could relate to all the old video games of his youth. Super cute!
    Seat 01-07-2014 03:55 pm (total posts: 1)
    3     3

    My daughter suegsgted me to read it this morning and i did during my lunch break. AND it was a wonderful book. She read it at least 4 times now. I really enjoyed it. I shall thank you and my daughter. Thank you very much for the lovely note for her birthday.
    DjJulliano 01-07-2014 03:45 pm (total posts: 1)
    4     3

    > Valid or no, the snickering and wikcarcesing about the comments from Fedor's management have been regurgitated to death at pretty much every MMA forum on the Internet for going on two weeks now. And people still think it's witty and novel. Yet this doesn't hold true for Dana White-bashing, So you'll forgive me if I pay it no mind.
    Facundo 01-07-2014 08:56 am (total posts: 1)
    2     2

    shredding is not in my bag of usual tricks but I can deinlitefy see the benefits in this lesson as it easily adapts to many different genre and styles of guitar playing. And as far as the comments on there being a lack of soul in his playing run? scales and spider exercises for 10 minutes and then show off that purdy mouth
    Bertha 01-05-2014 06:18 am (total posts: 1)
    2     2

    We've ariverd at the end of the line and I have what I need!
    Sheila 01-05-2014 06:04 am (total posts: 1)
    3     2

    Love your work, Admin, but why aren't you posting signle Daniele sets? She's sooo pretty and sooo hot and sooo lovely and you get the idea, right? Thanks.
    Thiago 01-04-2014 06:31 pm (total posts: 1)
    2     2

    This is the kind of writing I like to see olnine. I appreciate good grammar and properly researched information. I also like the main points made by this writer. Thank you for your conscientious writing.
    Jorge 01-04-2014 07:19 am (total posts: 1)
    2     2

    Jana / Five snippets. 50% of the CD, and I am aleardy amazed at the beauty of what we have heard! Saying thanks just isn't enough!What a lovely gift of music for the fans! David is just the best, nobody else like him out there.
    Jennifer 01-03-2014 09:25 pm (total posts: 1)
    2     3

    alsoknownasallenkeys / Why do people alyaws complain about reviews being too low? If their all too low then relatively they are correct. Technically 10 is perfect and 5 should be average so 7/10 is a good score. The game has good aspects but is a bit boring and doesn't have anything special about it just a few old ideas shoved together. 7 out of 10 is as high as it can get for a game like this or every single games that isn't rubbish will be getting 8 s or above
    Nicola 01-03-2014 12:26 pm (total posts: 8)
    2     3

    Deleted and banned
    Willians 01-03-2014 10:43 am (total posts: 8)
    2     2

    Deleted and banned
    Ahmet 01-03-2014 06:11 am (total posts: 8)
    2     2

    This game was pretty hyped when they ancnouned a reboot to deus ex last year and any game that is released on a multiplatform makes loads of profit, so personally i think this game had good reception, i actually know a lot of people who purchased it because of its longevity. Besides its a good change of pace considering most games are all about constant action, weak story lines, and 6 hours worth of gameplay, give or take.
    Tish 01-03-2014 04:30 am (total posts: 8)
    2     2

    Smdc-kaab what I was looking for-ty!
    Abimanyu 01-03-2014 01:03 am (total posts: 2)
    2     2

    That's my problem as well. I dont want to play minmagies, i want to play an assassin. And my opinion is that they raped the game with so much extra content like investment, bombcrafting, sending assassins to missions, den fights, that on the one hand made other revelant things look smaller, and on the other hand pulls me out of the magic, the environment creates . I miss horses for faster travel, and I find it pretty annoying that now every soldier has rifles and grenades.

    Fantasy Football Rankings - July 23

    2015 NBA Mock Draft - July 1

    2015 NFL Mock Draft - June 10

    NFL Free Agents

    NFL Picks - Feb. 2

  • © 1999-2014 Walter Cherepinsky : all rights reserved
    Privacy Policy
    2 5 9

 Now on Twitter: Twitter

    Subscribe to the RSS Feed: RSS Feed