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VinnyZag
04-04-2016, 12:40 PM
Sporting News (http://www.sportingnews.com/list/4700805-college-basketball-top-25-ranking-2016-17-kentucky-duke-recruiting-villanova-unc-louisville) couldn't even wait until the championship game had been played to post its 2016-'17 preseason top 25. Zags at No. 11.


11. Gonzaga Bulldogs

Why they’re here: The Zags are losing seniors Kyle Wiltjer, Eric McClellan and Kyle Dranginis, and big men Domantas Sabonis and Przemek Karnowski have to decide the next step in their careers, whether it’s returning to Spokane or playing pro basketball. But … Josh Perkins is back after a solid freshman campaign (10.1 points) and outstanding transfers Jonathan Williams III (Missouri) and Nigel Williams-Goss (Washington) will enter the mix this fall. And coach Mark Few has what some are calling his best recruiting class (Scout.com ranks it 14th in the country), led by four-star big man Zach Collins.

DixieZag
04-04-2016, 12:57 PM
If one of two - Zack or Shem come back, I think that actually sounds about right. If both come back, a little low, neither come back, maybe a little high.

CDC84
04-04-2016, 01:00 PM
Got to beat the competition! CBS Sports Network will be unveiling their preseason top 25 during their pre-game show tonight....

With the new NBA Draft/Combine rules, these "way too early" preseason top 25 lists are more absurd than ever. I mean, Calipari has instructed every UK player to participate in the combine. All sorts of kids will be "declaring for the draft." They can all come back so long as they don't hire an agent. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if some GU board members declare as well.........:)

CDC84
04-04-2016, 01:05 PM
Regarding the Zags.......whether or not Rodney Pryor (or some other elite grad transfer) commits will also play a factor in their preseason ranking.

zagsfanforlife
04-04-2016, 01:09 PM
Well it looks like I won't be getting GU 100-1 odds for the championship.

cggonzaga
04-04-2016, 02:22 PM
Didn't we start this past year ranked around 10-15? I believe we were over 100-1 to start the season. I'd still take 60-1 :)

zagsfanforlife
04-04-2016, 02:25 PM
Naw we were 25-1

MDABE80
04-04-2016, 02:26 PM
If Domas returns, we'll be top 10 before one ball drops. If both come back, we'll be close to top 5. This upcoming year will be crazy. With Nigel, Collins and WIlliams III........the sky's the limit this year. I'd love Pryor to be that wing. Good wings are SO hard to find.