View Full Version : SB Nation picks GU this year

06-26-2012, 10:03 AM
but comments on how difficult it will be to get over SMC and BYU


Angelo Roncalli
06-26-2012, 11:26 AM

1. Gonzaga

Elias Harris was one of the biggest recruits ever to sign with Gonzaga, so it's a little bit of a surprise to see him back for his fourth season in Spokane. But the surprise is a good one for Mark Few, whose Buldogs displayed a frontcourt toughness in both their NCAA Tournament blowout of West Virginia and loss to Ohio State that had been noticeably absent in recent postseason appearances. The loss of Robert Sacre is a blow, but junior center Sam Dower has the potential to be a star, and if Polish 7-footer Przemek Karnowski is half as good as certain recruiting specialists say he is, then the 'Zags shouldn't miss a beat in the post.

Kevin Pangos is also back after a freshman season where he surprisingly led the 'Zags in scoring at 13.6 ppg. Classmate Gary Bell, Jr. (10.4 ppg) and backup point guard David Stockton also return to comprise perhaps the West Coast's most formidable backcourt.

Gonzaga has now won a game in the NCAA Tournament in four consecutive seasons, but the team hasn't advanced past the first weekend of the tournament since '09 and hasn't played in a regional final since the Bulldogs first burst onto the national scene in 1999. This team should reclaim its spot atop the WCC standings and has the potential -- barring injuries or an unfavorable draw -- to make a deep run in the big dance.


06-26-2012, 11:34 AM
I knew USF had 6 transferring out, but I didn't realize that brought their total of players not returning to 9. Quite the turnover.

I also like the prediction for Elias as WCC POY, although having that prediction come true will definitely be a battle.