View Full Version : Okay....a feel good thread: 2011 guys

12-09-2010, 12:29 AM

Bell averaged 22.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game for the Chargers last season and scored a career-high 55 points versus Auburn-Riverside. Bell shot 46.2 percent from the field, including 41.8 percent from beyond the 3-point arc, and hit 75.3 percent of his free throws. Kentridge went 15-10 and lost in a West Central District consolation game. He is a two-time The News Tribune All-Area selection, and was named to the TNT's all-classification All-State team and the Seattle Times All-State team last spring. He is rated 53rd on ESPN's Super 60 list for players in the Class of 2011.

"Gary Bell is just a consummate guard. He can score, pass, put the ball on the floor, good shooter, very good defender and I think will be a very, very good leader by the time it is all said and done," Few said. "It's something we've been very, very excited about since we started recruiting Gary. To have him in the Gonzaga family is huge."

Dranginis is a two-time Idaho State Player of the Year and this past season as a junior was four points shy of tying the Idaho State 4A Tournament record with 75 points in three games as Skyview finished fifth in the State tourney. Dranginis averaged a team-high 20.3 points, 6.3 assists, 5.8 rebounds, 2.3 blocks and 2.0 steals for the Hawks. As a sophomore, his layin 28 seconds left in overtime proved to be the winning points in Skyview's 59-58 overtime victory over Pocatello for the Idaho State 4A title. He averaged 10.9 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 5.4 assists, 1.6 blocks and shot 54.7 percent from the field. Skyview finished fifth at State his freshman season and he earned first-team All-Southern Idaho Conference honors.

"He's another totally complete guard. He can stretch the defense with his range well past three, terrific passer, longer, bigger guard that I think will give us some versatility on defense," Few noted. "He's a guy who has played a lot of point in high school so he's comfortable with the ball and without the ball, the kind of guard who really functions well here because he can do everything."

Pangos helped lead Canada to the bronze medal at the FIBA U-17 World Championship in Hamburg, Germany, this past July. The team captain and starting point guard averaged 15.8 ppg, 5.0 rpg and 4.1 assists as Canada went 5-3 overall and defeated Lithuania 83-81 for the bronze medal. Canada went 3-2 in group play, taking second in Group B. He shot 46.2 percent from the field (42-for-91), including 39.1 percent from 3-point range (18-for-46). He also shot 82.8 from the free throw line (24-for-28). He scored in double-digits in seven of the eight games, including 26 in the tournament opener against Germany and 22 against Poland.

"Kevin is a pure point, a point guard who can shoot. They've really anointed him as the next great Canadian guard up there," Few said. "He has a very, very good feel for the game and is very driven. He also understands the importance of leadership at the position, too. He's played in big international tournaments and faired very well. He works extremely hard at his game and that has always been something that works very well here at Gonzaga."

On the court, Spangler averaged 26.0 ppg and 18.5 rpg as a junior, the team losing in the game to advance to State. He was not heavily recruited until this past summer when he played AAU ball as most observers thought he would pursue a collegiate football career.

"Ryan is a tough, hard-nosed player that really has a knack for rebounding at a high level. We think we are just scratching the surface with him basketball wise because he's been such a good football player," Few said of the lone inside player to sign. "When he focuses on basketball I think there is definite room for his skill development to catch up. He also comes from a great family, high character, a young person who I think is very team oriented and will be a great addition with his toughness. Being a high school quarterback gives it a whole different perspective as far as playing inside at the collegiate level. I think it allows you to play with poise and some savvy and you combine that with how hard he plays and it's a pretty good combination."

12-09-2010, 12:47 AM
And thank god they've all signed letters of intent cause after the performance witnessed tonight....

This ship has to be put back on course and soon. Think about the potential 2012 and beyond recruits who are fortunate enough to witness these games. That cant exactly help our cause

12-09-2010, 12:52 AM
We have some good kids joining us. All this independent press from people who have actually SEEN these recruits is heartening.

Few has his opinions on several players. It's somehow better to see it come from others too. One thing is that nobody EVER has said anything bad about any of our new recruits. Bell is an All Stater and that can't be a rumor. Pangos shines whether it's in MSG with the Jordan classic or the above. Dranginis can'tbe abd if he's a 2 time All Stater and POY.

Spangler...has incredible reports following him around.
I'd have to say what we've been seeing is anaomalous. We likel will have a tough season but some killer kids are on the way. I have no doubt of it.

12-09-2010, 01:31 AM
They can't come soon enough.

12-09-2010, 06:01 AM
"Wait 'til next year" is a lousy mantra. . .but it beats the heck out of "We Suck."

12-09-2010, 06:44 AM
So for the .third year in a row, we can be" a young team, just learing the complex offens. e" Hope this version works! If one of the new guards is not the starting PG next year, it could be deja vu

12-09-2010, 07:51 AM
"Wait 'til next year" is a lousy mantra. . .but it beats the heck out of "We Suck."

Post of the day! LOL

12-09-2010, 08:56 AM
Thank God! We can finally get some decent players on the team. I feel so sorry for Few and Co having to get by with Gray, Harris, Sacre, Manny, Olynyk, Dower, a junior college AA, and Goodson, who was highly touted coming in himself.

Give me a break, this is more than just a "talent" issue, as the current Zags have plenty of it. Few was singing the praises of every one of the current players just as much, and they all were offensive minded (save maybe Meech) and put up huge numbers before getting to GU.

Pangos has said he wants to redshirt (although I'm not sure if that is still his plan), Dranginis probably won't have a D1 ready body coming in, and I'm not sure if Spangler has played against anyone over 6'6". Don't get me wrong, I'm hyped about the guys coming in next year, but I'm going to have to see how it shakes out on the court before I start feeling great about next year.