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ZagNative
02-03-2017, 04:34 AM
This is a nice piece from tdn.com (http://tdn.com/preps/college-basketball-bakamus-is-no-gonzaga-s-glue-guy/article_6dba3f1d-c9d1-5c3e-a104-730c5177d496.html) about everybody's favorite walk-on. We're going to miss him!

SPOKANE — Ask around the Gonzaga locker room, and the resounding belief is that Rem Bakamus is the ultimate player’s player.

“He keeps everybody’s spirits up whenever you’re having a rough patch, or the coach is getting on you,” Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams said, “or you’re not having a good game, he always makes sure you’re staying up no matter what.”

Bakamus is the first — and loudest — to celebrate a big play from the bench and will go to bat for teammates against internet naysayers, even when it may not be warranted.

“It’s deeper than basketball,” teammate Josh Perkins said. “He’s kind of the glue guy. Keeps everything together. If somebody’s down he cracks a joke.

“Never a dull moment with Rem Bakamus.”

Bakamus, a fifth-year walk-on and fan favorite, describes his time at Gonzaga as “a blur of fun.”
If looking for a measurable read on Rem Bakamus’ contributions to the No. 1 Gonzaga Bulldogs, look past the stats (he’s played less than 100 minutes for the Bulldogs). Lloyd has a knack for finding walk-ons who are coach’s sons, generally have a good basketball IQ and feel for the game, he said.

Bakamus was no exception.

“With all walk-ons, you’re making sure these are people who are going to contribute to our culture,” Lloyd said. “I knew Rem could do that and he’s done that in spades, whether that’s been keeping things light in the locker room, connecting guys socially on the court or having great individual relationships with some of the better players so he can talk to them.”


Bakamus, a public relations and sport management double-major, doesn’t officially graduate until May, but he walked at graduation last spring for ulterior reasons: 7-foot-1, 300-pound center Przemek Karnowski wanted him to.

“If he didn’t tell me he wanted me to I wouldn’t have,” Bakamus said.

When the clock strikes midnight on No. 1 Gonzaga’s thus-far charmed season, the end result may run the gamete of emotions. But Bakamus’ laser focus is on March.

And who knows? The Zags may be playing the first week of April.

zag67
02-03-2017, 05:36 AM
Thanks and great comments. Congrats Bakamus you have had a great ride. Good luck after this great season and into the rest of your life.

SWZag
02-03-2017, 07:09 AM
Thanks ZN. The article reiterates the important role of a walk-on. It's not just a warm body, but someone who understands the game and can be a valuable figure during practice, not just to warm a spot on the bench.

Will be a different bench after Rem leaves.

Birddog
02-03-2017, 07:33 AM
Did TDN buy out "The Logan"?
https://logannews.wordpress.com/page/3/

VinnyZag
02-03-2017, 06:18 PM
In his hometown paper, the Longview Daily News (http://tdn.com/preps/college-basketball-bakamus-is-no-gonzaga-s-glue-guy/article_6dba3f1d-c9d1-5c3e-a104-730c5177d496.html). The author, I believe, is a GU student and recent editor of the Bulletin.


But his days as a Monarch don’t feel all too far in the past. He parallels the feeling of not knowing what next year holds to how he felt as a senior in high school. It was spring, and his hopes of playing D-I basketball were fading.

Bakamus remembers the call as if it was yesterday.

At a baseball tournament in Anaheim the spring of his senior year at Mark Morris, Bakamus was fighting the clock on college decisions, when Kelso native and Gonzaga assistant Tommy Lloyd called with the walk-on offer. It didn’t take much convincing for Rem to commit.

“I ran up to my parents’ room and I said, ‘I just talked with Tommy,’ told them everything, this is a no-brainer,” Bakamus said. “I called (Lloyd) later that night and said ‘I’m in.’ ”

ZagNative
02-03-2017, 06:27 PM
Add this post to thread previously started here? http://guboards.spokesmanreview.com/showthread.php?59007-quot-College-basketball-Bakamus-is-No-1-Gonzaga-s-glue-guy-quot

basketballzag
02-06-2017, 08:36 AM
http://m.tdn.com/preps/college-basketball-bakamus-is-no-gonzaga-s-glue-guy/article_6dba3f1d-c9d1-5c3e-a104-730c5177d496.html

I've been saying for months that he will be in the NBA one day and I'm dead serious. This article does a great job of explaining why this team is #1. He will coach in the league in the next 10 years.

MontanaCoyote
02-06-2017, 08:52 AM
http://m.tdn.com/preps/college-basketball-bakamus-is-no-gonzaga-s-glue-guy/article_6dba3f1d-c9d1-5c3e-a104-730c5177d496.html

I've been saying for months that he will be in the NBA one day and I'm dead serious. This article does a great job of explaining why this team is #1. He will coach in the league in the next 10 years.

Good story, Great Kid!