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BobZag
11-09-2010, 04:17 PM
...is tomorrow, November 10.

Expect Ryan Spangler, Kyle Dranginis, Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell, Jr. to sign tomorrow, fax it to Gonzaga and then Coach Few can talk about them (Meehan and an official release from GU).

Just fyi.

gu03alum
11-09-2010, 04:23 PM
Slipper Still Fits (http://www.slipperstillfits.com/2010/11/9/1802807/gonzaga-expected-to-ink-major-2011-class-on-wednesday#storyjump) has a nice write up on the players expected to sign tomorrow.

Kiddwell
11-09-2010, 05:06 PM
Such an important day! Hope those fax machines are lubed, loaded up with paper, and ready to go!

(1) Will this be GU's greatest one-year haul of guards ever? (OK, OK, simmer down, Kiddwell. Time will tell.)
(2) Hope-a-hope Spangler grows an inch or two before stepping on campus next summer. Wonder what chemistry he'll bring to GU's front line?
(3) It's one person's opinion only, but Kiddwell rates this group: :000tens:
:]

MickMick
11-09-2010, 05:59 PM
Such an important day! Hope those fax machines are lubed, loaded up with paper, and ready to go!

(1) Will this be GU's greatest one-year haul of guards ever? (OK, OK, simmer down, Kiddwell. Time will tell.)
(2) Hope-a-hope Spangler grows an inch or two before stepping on campus next summer. Wonder what chemistry he'll bring to GU's front line?
(3) It's one person's opinion only, but Kiddwell rates this group: :000tens:
:]

Needs time to play out, but up there with Sacre, Gray, Daye. Could even throw Downs in with that group.

Still, I'm thinking it could very well prove to be the best class ever. Love that the program still seems to be ascending. The 2011 class is loaded though. Everyone is getting a haul including our WCC rivals.

EuroZag2010
11-09-2010, 06:51 PM
Awesome thread =}
:1bestever:

Kiddwell
11-09-2010, 08:16 PM
Is there are reason to expect any surprise signings during this period? If so, during what period of time?

Wouldn't think so. This isn't like football where a school has a bazillion scholarships available every year. With those four newbies we'll be "one over the limit" (as a Washington game warden might say) next season.

11-1 = 10 + 4 = 14 (only thirteen scholarship players allowed in D1 basketball)

:]

Gin N GUice
11-10-2010, 04:15 AM
Needs time to play out, but up there with Sacre, Gray, Daye. Could even throw Downs in with that group.

Still, I'm thinking it could very well prove to be the best class ever. Love that the program still seems to be ascending. The 2011 class is loaded though. Everyone is getting a haul including our WCC rivals.

No, just us, this class will put us years ahead of anyone else.

CDC84
11-10-2010, 07:38 AM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/feed/2010-11/hoops-recruiting/story/little-noise-expected-on-college-hoops-early-signing-period

I think the most interesting story to track will be if Butler's final 4 run can enable them to land Cody Zeller, who is a consensus top 25 player out of Indiana. North Carolina and Indiana U. are the other finalists. Cody is supposed to announce Thursday.

hooter73
11-10-2010, 07:45 AM
Im excited for these guys, will be an awesome group coming in. and I would say it would give the best previous recruiting class a run for the title. If Kyle is seriously as underrated as we think and if Spangler is as unknown a gem as we hope I will be happy. Those are my two question marks out of my own pure ignorance. Just not enough out there about them.

What are we expecting from the other WCC teams?

ZagNative
11-10-2010, 08:30 AM
Ryan Spangler LOI coming in on the fax machine soon? Not if his football coach has anything to say about it, according to a Bridge Creek opponent's coach, per this story (http://www.purcellregister.com/articles/2010/11/10/sports/doc4cd96820ae8e9302671196.txt):
It’s Spangler time

Dragons head to Bridge Creek for 10th straight playoff appearance
By John D. Montgomery Jr. - The Purcell Register
Published: Wednesday, November 10, 2010 10:47 AM CST

Purcell enters the 2010 State playoffs for the 10th straight season squaring off Friday night at Bridge Creek for a 7:30 p.m. showdown with the Bobcats and star player Ryan Spangler.

Spangler a 6-8, 230 pound specimen of a quarterback has already verbally committed to play basketball with Gonzaga but his high school coaches are hoping he will sign a division one football letter of intent.

“They think he can play division one football at quarterback,” Purcell head coach Mike Wilson said in conversations with the Bridge Creek staff.

Purcell will not only have to contend with Spangler but his supporting characters including number 11 wide receiver Caden Locke and running back Blake Henderson.

The Bobcats run a spread offense and work off Spangler’s golden arm.

“He’ll run if he’s flushed from the pocket,” Wilson said. “But he’s mainly a pocket passer and he has a rocket for an arm.”

Spangler has passed for 2,200 yards this season while Henderson has rushed for 1,500. They are quite a dynamic duo on offense that has led the Bobcats to a 7-2 record this year.

They’ll be all the Dragons can handle if they want to advance to the second round in the State Class 3A Playoffs.

Bridge Creek runs a stack three on defense, a defense the Dragons have seen on a couple of occasions this year.

Kiddwell
11-10-2010, 10:41 AM
Those LOI's should all be in by now, yes? Can anyone confirm this? BZ? ABE? ZN? Angelo? :o

:]

ZagNative
11-10-2010, 10:48 AM
I have no idea, but I think a lot of kids or their high schools like to use the signing as a photo op, so maybe there are some scheduling issues, and, of course, today is just the start of the early signing period.

Edited to add, just for fun, some good memories ...

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Recruits/2009%20Recruits/Sam%20Dower/2008-11-14SamDowerSigningSchoolWebs.jpg
Sam and his family and coach on LOI signing day

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Steven%20Gray/Steven_with_family-LOI.jpg
Steven and his family at LOI signing

BobZag
11-10-2010, 10:52 AM
Meehan reporting Spangler, Dranginis and Pangos have faxed in their LOIs. Bell's will arrive this afternoon.

madness
11-10-2010, 11:07 AM
Haha, yah his football coaches will be dismayed that Spangler's was the first one to arrive!

skan72
11-10-2010, 12:36 PM
6-foot-6 small forward Adonis Thomas signed his letter of intent on Wednesday and officially became a Tiger, the school announced.

"Adonis is an outstanding young man," head coach Josh Pastner said. "Adonis exemplifies what a true student-athlete is - high character, high academics, tremendous work ethic and a big-time basketball player. We're fortunate to continue to get elite-level student-athletes from the city of Memphis, which has the best high school basketball in the country."

Thomas, ranked No. 8 overall among seniors, is the only recruit thus far in Pastner's 2011 class.



Pastner has proven himself to be a wicked recruiter, probably in part to his tutelage under Calipari; however, could saying this slightly estrange him with other top-flight talent from across the country? I understand he said it because they're a hoops hotbed and he wants to keep the recruiting pipeline to the city going, but...

JohnOGU
11-10-2010, 12:39 PM
All LOI's have arrived per Meehan:

"Gonzaga has received letters of intent from Gary Bell, Ryan Spangler, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis. A fifth player, G-Prep’s Chris Sarbaugh, is also coming to GU, but he’s considered a walk-on since he’ll be attending on a tuition waiver."

Kiddwell
11-10-2010, 12:52 PM
All LOI's have arrived per Meehan:

"Gonzaga has received letters of intent from Gary Bell, Ryan Spangler, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis. A fifth player, G-Prep’s Chris Sarbaugh, is also coming to GU, but he’s considered a walk-on since he’ll be attending on a tuition waiver."

Thanks for the info. Kiddwell can now relax and have a cookie.

:]

BobZag
11-10-2010, 02:00 PM
Should be getting some comments about these players from Few soon via Meehan and the SID.

Congrats to all. It's a BIG day for these guys.

kitzbuel
11-10-2010, 02:21 PM
All LOI's have arrived per Meehan:

"Gonzaga has received letters of intent from Gary Bell, Ryan Spangler, Kevin Pangos and Kyle Dranginis. A fifth player, G-Prep’s Chris Sarbaugh, is also coming to GU, but he’s considered a walk-on since he’ll be attending on a tuition waiver."
I know we all know where Meehan's blog is but a link sure does help those of us on mobile phones.

JohnOGU
11-10-2010, 02:26 PM
I know we all know where Meehan's blog is but a link sure does help those of us on mobile phones.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/

kitzbuel
11-10-2010, 02:54 PM
http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/
Thanks! Sitting in a restaraunt waiting for dinner and trying to get my fix.

ZagNative
11-10-2010, 04:00 PM
Meehan's full updated story here (http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/nov/10/article-newest-zags/).

Seattle Rotary AAU basketball coach Daryll Hennings has coached Gary Bell, one of four players to sign letters of intent Wednesday to play for Gonzaga, since Bell was a sixth grader.

“The Zags got a good kid,” Hennings said. “Excellent player and a better person. He’ll come to work and he’s a student as well. Low maintenance, self motivated. His parents have done a great job teaching him to be self sustaining. He’s really humble, he doesn’t take anything for granted.”
“To be completely honest, he threw everybody for a loop (committing to) Gonzaga as early as he did,” Hennings said. “He confused his parents, myself and I’m sure quite a few coaches, but it must have been right. That’s how you know it was a good feel for him.”

Hennings said Bell is comfortable playing point or shooting guard. Bell played alongside Washington-bound Tony Wroten for Seattle Rotary and the two “just kind of handled (point guard) duties collectively,” Hennings said. “If one has it, he’ll bring it up and the other guys plays the ‘2’.”

That might be similar to what happens down the road at Gonzaga with Bell and Pangos, a point guard on Canada’s U-17 team.

ZagNative
11-10-2010, 09:15 PM
TV video from Idaho Channel 7 (http://www.ktvb.com/sports/Skyviews-Dranginis-officially-a-Bulldog-107126103.html) re: Kyle Dranginis' commitment.

2Germans4Zags
11-11-2010, 04:08 AM
Ryan Spangler Talks About Gonzaga Decision

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czaIbYrpaKA

77Zag
11-11-2010, 06:12 AM
Now that we have the written commits, time for BZ to update the prospect chart.
Great job to the coaches --a fine class and the future is bright.

:000tens:

ZagNative
11-11-2010, 07:22 AM
Gary Bell:

Nice photo album of Gary's signing ceremony at Kentridge by photographer Doug Zylstra at waprepsports.net (http://www.waprepsports.net/photos/11-10-10-bb-garybellsigning-doug/index.html), including ...

Gary and his family ...

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TNwVqCssiMI/AAAAAAABMfs/V82A2bc3l2E/2010-11-10%20Gary%20Bell%20at%20signing-2a.jpg

And his coach at Kentridge ...

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TNwVq2BQhSI/AAAAAAABMf0/E76etcvJrkM/2010-11-10%20Gary%20Bell%20at%20signing-0.jpg

Story in the News-Tribune (http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/11/11/1419323/curtis-to-pullman-pipeline.html):
BELL CHOOSES GONZAGA

For his opponents, it seems like Gary Bell has been in high school forever, tormenting them with smooth jumps shots and uncanny poise. For the Kentridge Chargers, it seemed like just the other day he was skinny freshman making his varsity start.

On Wednesday, the Chargers were reminded that this will be the their last season with the standout senior point guard, but it won’t be the final season of basketball for Bell, who signed a national letter of intent to play basketball for Gonzaga in the Kentridge gym in front coaches, teachers, friends, family and teammates.

“I was a little nervous,” he said. “My hands were shaking.”

That might be the only thing that flusters Bell. As a freshman, he marched into Dave Jamison’s starting lineup and never left, showing remarkable poise and maturity.

“He knew exactly what he was supposed to do and what he had to do get there,” Jamison said. “He never wavered.”

Last year, Bell averaged 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists a game for

Kentridge, including a career-high 55 points against Auburn Riverside. He has been a member of The News Tribune All-Area Team the past two seasons, and was also named to TNT’s All-State team for all classifications.

“He’s an incredible kid,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. “He comes from a great family of very high character. He’s someone we are going to be counted on from the day he steps on campus.”

And it was that challenge and responsibility that pushed Bell toward Gonzaga.

The University of California, the University of Washington, Arizona State University, USC, UCLA and Washington State University were among the seven schools to offer Bell a scholarship.


Read more: http://www.thenewstribune.com/2010/11/11/1419323/curtis-to-pullman-pipeline.html#ixzz14zWRLIqs

gamagin
11-11-2010, 07:31 AM
go with us ? He obviously had plenty of choices.

great get by all accounts. Props to the staff and the Bell family, too, for reaching this agreement.

webspinnre
11-11-2010, 07:54 AM
Bell sure is a handsome young man. I'm excited about this incoming class.

ZagNative
11-11-2010, 08:20 AM
Kyle Dranginis, from The Idaho Statesman (http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/11/11/1413569/skyviews-dranginis-officially.html):
The two-time 4A All-Idaho Player of the Year signed his national letter of intent with his sister Cammy, dad Tim, mom Julie and sister Carly by his side.

Gonzaga head coach Mark Few called the Idaho Statesman on Wednesday night to share what he likes about the 6-foot-5 point guard.

“He’s a Gonzaga guard, the type of guard that we have had great success with. He’s a complete guard, I call him,” Few said. “He can shoot, he can pass, he can dribble. He has a great feel for the game. I think he’s got good enough feet that he will end up being a pretty good defender when it’s all said and done.”


Read more: http://www.idahostatesman.com/2010/11/11/1413569/skyviews-dranginis-officially.html#ixzz14zkZ8P8FNo photo with that story, so here's one from the archives ...

http://i237.photobucket.com/albums/ff232/ZagNative/Zags/Recruits/2011%20Recruits/Dranginis/2009-08-01KyleDranginis.jpg

BobZag
11-11-2010, 09:35 AM
More from Meehan, including more links...

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/sportslink/2010/nov/11/more-gus-2011-class/#more

Crazy
11-11-2010, 09:51 AM
when i count right you actually give one more scholarship then you have, even when it is very likely that one players goes pro or transfered but how you could give the scholarship out who is technical "blocked".

One more thing i don't understand about the eligibility rules ;)

BobZag
11-11-2010, 09:59 AM
Do you think Harris will go pro, Herr Crazy?

webspinnre
11-11-2010, 10:02 AM
The rule about scholarships only applies to when the scholarships are actually occuring. As none of these scholarship will apply until next fall, we have until then to work the situation out. Most likely Elias goes pro, and we're where we need to be.

ZagNative
11-11-2010, 10:35 AM
When a kid signs a letter of intent and the school accepts it, it's a binding deal on both, effective immediately. The school thereby agrees to provide a space on the roster and to provide free tuition for one year, and the kid agrees to play for the team. If the team is over-limit, it means that space must be made before that season starts by someone already on the team leaving, such as a player going pro or a player transferring to another school. Scholarships are year-to-year, so the school is under no obligation to renew after that initial year.

OZZY
11-11-2010, 01:25 PM
When a kid signs a letter of intent and the school accepts it, it's a binding deal on both, effective immediately. The school thereby agrees to provide a space on the roster and to provide free tuition for one year, and the kid agrees to play for the team. If the team is over-limit, it means that space must be made before that season starts by someone already on the team leaving, such as a player going pro or a player transferring to another school. Scholarships are year-to-year, so the school is under no obligation to renew after that initial year.

ZN I have been thinking about the responsibility that GU would have to foriegn players when offering them scholarships.

I mean it is a much bigger deal for either Mathis to make the move over to GU than say Garry Bell. The language, the culture and the distance from family support are much bigger issues.

The chance of one of these players not getting a renewal (even if they performed below expectations) would be much less than a player from the states.

I would believe that, for this reason, If GU offers a foreign (overseas) player there is more at stake. The staff would have to be extra certain that the player would have the ability to make the grade.....

I say this as I believe that GU as an institution would take this responsibility more seriously than most.

FlyZag
11-11-2010, 02:54 PM
When I was a scholarship athlete and this situation arose with one of my teammates. He was given the option of transferring to another program or... out of "good-will" the student athlete was offered free tuition at the university but was no longer on the team.

I am not certain all universities choose to offer this, but this was very much the case with the situation I am familiar with.

Go Zags!

BobZag
11-11-2010, 03:00 PM
At this time next year I'd hope for two very solid bigs and a wing or big guard, ala Tebbutt or Notice, to be signing LOIs to Gonzaga.

TerpZag
11-11-2010, 06:47 PM
http://www.sportingnews.com/ncaa-basketball/feed/2010-11/hoops-recruiting/story/little-noise-expected-on-college-hoops-early-signing-period

I think the most interesting story to track will be if Butler's final 4 run can enable them to land Cody Zeller, who is a consensus top 25 player out of Indiana. North Carolina and Indiana U. are the other finalists. Cody is supposed to announce Thursday.

Cody Zeller to Indiana (http://www.zagsblog.com/2010/11/11/cody-zeller-to-indiana/)


In what can’t come as a shock to many, 6-foot-10 center Cody Zeller has chosen Indiana over Butler and North Carolina.

“Until about a week ago, I didn’t know it was right,” Zeller said during the announcement, according to the Indianapolis Star. “Next year, I’m going to go to IU. The biggest thing was the players and the coaches. They had a good combination of the two.”

“I knew it was the right thing for me,” Zeller added. “It was a tough process, but I enjoyed it. … I didn’t tell hardly anyone.”...

ZagNative
11-11-2010, 08:22 PM
I have my DVR set to record the ESPNU LOI signing show at 10:00 AM Pacific Friday morning. We'll see if I can pay attention to the parts unrelated to the Zags (i.e., most of the show).

MickMick
11-11-2010, 08:31 PM
ZagNative,

You really do add a significant contribution to these forums.

I just gotta say thanks for what you always do.

This is an extremely happy and important time for these young men and you exhibit this well. For all the debate that goes on about GU basketball, you really keep the focus on how appreciative we are that they joined the family. You never abandon them after they arrive either.

You help in this regard more than you realize.

ZagNative
11-11-2010, 10:45 PM
Wow, Mick. What a sweet thing to say! Thank you! I believe we have been fortunate to attract very special kids to Gonzaga, and I just hope they really do have a wonderful and unique experience here and in some way remain a part of the Gonzaga family always.

Crazy
11-12-2010, 01:11 AM
When a kid signs a letter of intent and the school accepts it, it's a binding deal on both, effective immediately. The school thereby agrees to provide a space on the roster and to provide free tuition for one year, and the kid agrees to play for the team. If the team is over-limit, it means that space must be made before that season starts by someone already on the team leaving, such as a player going pro or a player transferring to another school. Scholarships are year-to-year, so the school is under no obligation to renew after that initial year.

thx for the explanations, i thought scholarships are given for the complete education with some resolutory conditions like grades and regular visit to training and so on.

But luckily it don't seem to be that often, that players get kicked out against there will*, which would be hard especially for those athletes who use the sport to get their education and don't look for a pro contract after College.

* or at least i never heard of it, and they are germans on college who never really contributes or like Niemann are always injured(and you don't have infinite medical Redshirts - even when they shouldn't impact the scholarship situation right?)

ZagNative
11-12-2010, 09:43 AM
Oh, oh. Adorable alert!

Gary Bell and his Aunt Janice on signing day

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_UkLNCxT74w4/TN2JM4PSdII/AAAAAAABMkA/T1RRgapQo1I/2010-11-12%20Gary%20Bell%20signing.jpg
Kentridge High's Gary Bell gets a big hug from his aunt, Janice
Sonia, Wednesday after signing his letter-of-intent to play
basketball next year at Gonzaga University.

CHARLES CORTES, Kent Reporter (http://www.pnwlocalnews.com/south_king/ken/sports/107365538.html)