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23dpg
03-18-2008, 09:13 AM
David Pendergraft, 6-6 senior forward, Gonzaga. Most people in Spokane call him Pendo, but Gonzaga coach Mark Few calls Pendergraft the "ultimate Zag." Suffice to say, that is the ultimate compliment. "We've had some great ones here, but he stands for everything the whole program is about," Few said two weeks ago. "How he plays, how he leaves it all on the floor, how he is at practice, how he is in the locker room, how handles himself in school. ... There hasn't been a better ambassador for Gonzaga basketball than him, period."

Aside from his bright red hair, Pendergraft can often go unnoticed as he toils in blue-collar obscurity next to his flashy teammates. He throws his body around recklessly (which helps him average 4.4 rebounds per game), he can guard all three frontcourt positions and he is able to step out and knock down three-pointers. (This season he made 40-of-91 attempts from behind the arc.) But he has developed an uncanny knack to make a big play in a big moment. Only then do you realize that even if he is not this team's most talented player, he is clearly its most valuable.

Pendergraft also willingly volunteers his time for local charities, and he has taken it upon himself to be Gonzaga basketball's biggest salesman and recruiter. He has demonstrated that kind of commitment ever since he announced as a 16-year-old high school sophomore that he wanted to go there. "Coming here is about team basketball and winning," Pendergraft said, "and I did my role." Amen, Glue Guy.

23dpg
03-18-2008, 09:14 AM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/seth_davis/03/18/glue.guys/index.html?eref=T1

I think the guy missed an obvious one in Weaver for WSU.

ZagNative
03-18-2008, 10:56 AM
Bumping because this one should be on the front page all day today. Thanks, 23dpg!

I do understand, however, from reports of those who attended the Zags backetball banquet, that teammates had better lock up their ladies when Pendo's in the neighborhood, as he was described by a speaker at the banquet, as having made a move on Blake Steppe's girlfriend before he'd even donned a Zags uniform yet!

And what lady could resist? (Though she might be expected to say, "David! Don't yell at me! I'm right here!)

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Pendo/2004-12-28PendohugsJPonvictoryoverO.jpg
"Gonzaga's David Pendergraft, right, hugs J.P. Batista at the close of the game
against Oklahoma State in the All-College Classic in Oklahoma City, Tuesday,
Dec. 28, 2004. Gonzaga defeated Oklahoma State 78-75."

spokzagis
03-18-2008, 10:57 AM
From Seth Davis' on SI.com

David Pendergraft, 6-6 senior forward, Gonzaga. Most people in Spokane call him Pendo, but Gonzaga coach Mark Few calls Pendergraft the "ultimate Zag." Suffice to say, that is the ultimate compliment. "We've had some great ones here, but he stands for everything the whole program is about," Few said two weeks ago. "How he plays, how he leaves it all on the floor, how he is at practice, how he is in the locker room, how handles himself in school. ... There hasn't been a better ambassador for Gonzaga basketball than him, period."

Aside from his bright red hair, Pendergraft can often go unnoticed as he toils in blue-collar obscurity next to his flashy teammates. He throws his body around recklessly (which helps him average 4.4 rebounds per game), he can guard all three frontcourt positions and he is able to step out and knock down three-pointers. (This season he made 40-of-91 attempts from behind the arc.) But he has developed an uncanny knack to make a big play in a big moment. Only then do you realize that even if he is not this team's most talented player, he is clearly its most valuable.

Pendergraft also willingly volunteers his time for local charities, and he has taken it upon himself to be Gonzaga basketball's biggest salesman and recruiter. He has demonstrated that kind of commitment ever since he announced as a 16-year-old high school sophomore that he wanted to go there. "Coming here is about team basketball and winning," Pendergraft said, "and I did my role." Amen, Glue Guy.

http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/seth_davis/03/18/glue.guys/1.html

MDABE80
03-18-2008, 11:07 AM
HUGE honor! Congrats David!!!

lawzag
03-18-2008, 12:08 PM
WOW! congrats Pendo!

But, its nothing new to us...we already knew he was the greatest in many ways!

finechina2003
03-18-2008, 12:18 PM
Past honorees reveals that Errol Knight was an all-glue team two time member - 2004 & 2005.

ZagNative
03-18-2008, 03:14 PM
Sneaky bump, but let's make it worthwhile by posting this pic of Errol, who so many times reminded us that college basketball is, first and foremost, about JOY!

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/NBA/Errol/2006-03-06-ErrolLMU-celebratesadunk.jpg

More great pics of that March 6, 2006, game can be found in the Spokesman-Review photo album (http://www.spokesmanreview.com/zags/photo.asp?showid=51&photo=7), including this one of Pendo graciously reacting to a foul call:

http://www.spokesmanreview.com/zags/slideshows/030606/r_09.jpg

CaliforniaZaggin'
03-18-2008, 04:09 PM
Bump for Pendo!

lawzag
03-18-2008, 07:16 PM
bump for the glue that is GU BB! :)

MDABE80
03-18-2008, 07:39 PM
I wish we had our old friend #22 with us on Friday. Tall, quick rangy, major athlete. This guy got an idea to glue you, you were glued.

23dpg
03-18-2008, 09:04 PM
Does this make Pendo a first team All-Elmerican?