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BobZag
05-24-2017, 08:45 AM
Gonzaga University Sports Information
For Immediate Release

Williams Returning for Senior Season
Zag withdraws his name from NBA Draft

SPOKANE, Wash. – Johnathan Williams will return to Gonzaga for his senior season after initially submitting his name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.

By not signing with an agent, Williams retained his collegiate eligibility to keep the option to return to Gonzaga in 2017-18. A key player in last season’s run to the national championship game, he will be a focal point on the 2017-18 team.

Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season. He made 59 percent of his shots from the field, including 40 percent from behind-the-arc. He blocked 36 shots and made 27 steals in 2016-17.

Williams was named First Team All-West Coast Conference after ranking eighth in the league in rebounds, third in field goal percentage and ninth in blocks. During league play, he was fourth in the WCC averaging 7.8 rebounds per game and second shooting 62 percent from the field.

The Memphis, Tenn. native, was named the Most Outstanding Player on the All-Tournament Team during the NCAA Tournament West Regional in San Jose, Calif. He totaled 32 points and 14 rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting from the field during the two games inside the SAP Center.

Hoopaholic
05-24-2017, 08:48 AM
Welcome back...J3 looking forward to watching you take control of the team and dominate.......

zagfan24
05-24-2017, 08:49 AM
Ecstatic that he'll be coming back. He has a huge opportunity to shine next year after already contributing in so many ways this past season. I imagine the draft workout process was very instructive and beneficial.

titopoet
05-24-2017, 08:49 AM
Gonzaga University Sports Information
For Immediate Release

Williams Returning for Senior Season
Zag withdraws his name from NBA Draft

SPOKANE, Wash. – Johnathan Williams will return to Gonzaga for his senior season after initially submitting his name into the NBA Draft without hiring an agent.

By not signing with an agent, Williams retained his collegiate eligibility to keep the option to return to Gonzaga in 2017-18. A key player in last season’s run to the national championship game, he will be a focal point on the 2017-18 team.

Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game this season. He made 59 percent of his shots from the field, including 40 percent from behind-the-arc. He blocked 36 shots and made 27 steals in 2016-17.

Williams was named First Team All-West Coast Conference after ranking eighth in the league in rebounds, third in field goal percentage and ninth in blocks. During league play, he was fourth in the WCC averaging 7.8 rebounds per game and second shooting 62 percent from the field.

The Memphis, Tenn. native, was named the Most Outstanding Player on the All-Tournament Team during the NCAA Tournament West Regional in San Jose, Calif. He totaled 32 points and 14 rebounds on 12-of-19 shooting from the field during the two games inside the SAP Center.

Here is KHQ link for the same news. http://www.khq.com/story/35507297/johnathan-williams-withdraws-from-nba-draft-to-return-to-gonzaga

Goshzagit
05-24-2017, 08:54 AM
Coaches knew all along.

This was the plan they made with J3. It was Coach B-Mike and Tommy who suggested JIII declare and get feedback.

What he needs to work on.

I disagree with many posters suggesting he can't rise on Draft boards next season. Just watch. He will.

J3 has the ability to show more...and score more...even shoot more. The FT's will always be an issue, but showing more shooting mid-range, more face up, his right hand, etc.

NBA has taken notice to his ability to hit 3pt shots (40%, 35%, 36% his 1st 3 yrs), his athleticism, motor, and the growing rim protection.

As much as they were somewhat blind-sided by Collins' early declaration and NWG's expected departure, they already made plans to build with and around J3 next season.

Williams draws fouls at a high clip, the 2nd highest on the team. If he is able to find a consistent FT stroke this Summer, he has ability to be a 15 & 10 type player.

a 6'9" PF with next level athleticism who can hit 40% of this 3pt shots earns a roster spot in today's NBA.

MontanaCoyote
05-24-2017, 09:00 AM
Coaches knew all along.

This was the plan they made with J3. It was Coach B-Mike and Tommy who suggested JIII declare and get feedback.

What he needs to work on.

I disagree with many posters suggesting he can't rise on Draft boards next season. Just watch. He will.

J3 has the ability to show more...and score more...even shoot more. The FT's will always be an issue, but showing more shooting mid-range, more face up, his right hand, etc.

NBA has taken notice to his ability to hit 3pt shots (40%, 35%, 36% his 1st 3 yrs), his athleticism, motor, and the growing rim protection.

As much as they were somewhat blind-sided by Collins' early declaration and NWG's expected departure, they already made plans to build with and around J3 next season.

Williams draws fouls at a high clip, the 2nd highest on the team. If he is able to find a consistent FT stroke this Summer, he has ability to be a 15 & 10 type player.

a 6'9" PF with next level athleticism who can hit 40% of this 3pt shots earns a roster spot in today's NBA.

Good overview. Thanks. I think J3 will have a great season. As I've posted before, flattest FT shot since Elgin Baylor. I think a little more arc would do him wonders at the line. The hole just gets bigger!

jazzdelmar
05-24-2017, 09:00 AM
Tantamount to signing a five star, McD level player, IMO.

TexasZagFan
05-24-2017, 09:06 AM
Tantamount to signing a five star, McD level player, IMO.

AFAIK, there are no incoming 5-star Burger Boys that have experienced playing in the NCAA title game. He's a grown man, as compared to 18-19 year olds.

MDABE80
05-24-2017, 09:13 AM
Coaches knew all along.

This was the plan they made with J3. It was Coach B-Mike and Tommy who suggested JIII declare and get feedback.

What he needs to work on.

I disagree with many posters suggesting he can't rise on Draft boards next season. Just watch. He will.

J3 has the ability to show more...and score more...even shoot more. The FT's will always be an issue, but showing more shooting mid-range, more face up, his right hand, etc.

NBA has taken notice to his ability to hit 3pt shots (40%, 35%, 36% his 1st 3 yrs), his athleticism, motor, and the growing rim protection.

As much as they were somewhat blind-sided by Collins' early declaration and NWG's expected departure, they already made plans to build with and around J3 next season.

Williams draws fouls at a high clip, the 2nd highest on the team. If he is able to find a consistent FT stroke this Summer, he has ability to be a 15 & 10 type player.

a 6'9" PF with next level athleticism who can hit 40% of this 3pt shots earns a roster spot in today's NBA.

Look, lets be clear, he wasn't a 3 pt machine. Sure he made some. SO did Collins...........he needs work. Glad he's back. Won't solve our problems which go beyond J3. But still, he's welcomed back with open arms. Good player and a good kid.
Still, when the COY and FF team can't seem to find some high performing kids to fill 4 departures , to me it smells funny.
Nevertheless, J3 should have a good upcoming season. More so if Tillie stays healthy.

Zags_Fanatic
05-24-2017, 09:15 AM
Tantamount to signing a five star, McD level player, IMO.

With you on that one. Should see a 25-30% increase in production for J3 this season. Wouldn't be surprised to see him average 18-9 on 60% shooting which are AA type numbers.

SanDiegoZag
05-24-2017, 09:15 AM
Phew (Few).... This would have been crushing to the Zags hopes in 2017/18. He is our best and most important player next year, likely without question (certainly among the returnees).

Zags_Fanatic
05-24-2017, 09:18 AM
Look, lets be clear, he wasn't a 3 pt machine. Sure he made some. SO did Collins...........he needs work. Glad he's back. Won't solve our problems which go beyond J3. But still, he's welcomed back with open arms. Good player and a good kid.
Still, when the COY and FF team can't seem to find some high performing kids to fill 4 departures , to me it smells funny.
Nevertheless, J3 should have a good upcoming season. More so if Tillie stays healthy.

Still smelling roses. Didn't really have any scholarships to offer until April when most recruits were locked up. Right now the program is alternating between great and elite seasons each year and that trend seems like it will continue over the next 2 years. A lot of new faces, but the talent is there and they should be peaking at the right time.

Markburn1
05-24-2017, 09:19 AM
Phew (Few).... This would have been crushing to the Zags hopes in 2017/18. He is our best and most important player next year, likely without question (certainly among the returnees).

I think you'll be very surprised by Tillie.

CDC84
05-24-2017, 09:31 AM
He needs to do everything humanly possible to get his free throwing shooting form repaired. Unlike Shem, who has great form and just seemed to miss due to psychological reasons, JW3's form is terrible. He shoots as if he has a broken wrist or something.

Zagger
05-24-2017, 09:35 AM
Tantamount to signing a five star, McD level player, IMO.

I like that take :)
Go J3!

GonzagasaurusFlex
05-24-2017, 09:53 AM
Thrilled to know JWIII will be back in the fold for 17-18. Neither he or Tillie are low block post players like Karnowski and Collins were so it will be real interesting to see what kind of offensive wrinkles the coaches implement.

Markburn1
05-24-2017, 10:02 AM
Thrilled to know JWIII will be back in the fold for 17-18. Neither he or Tillie are low block post players like Karnowski and Collins were so it will be real interesting to see what kind of offensive wrinkles the coaches implement.

I would amend that take. JWIII absolutely has the skill to post up. The thing is, his game has more variety than Karnowski's. And Collins was outrageously more versatile.

willandi
05-24-2017, 10:20 AM
Phew (Few).... This would have been crushing to the Zags hopes in 2017/18. He is our best and most important player next year, likely without question (certainly among the returnees).


I think you'll be very surprised by Tillie.

With the addition of Larsen to those two (if Lars turns out half as good as projected), the Zags again have the top front court in the WCC. It would be nice to add depth.

GonzagasaurusFlex
05-24-2017, 10:41 AM
I would amend that take. JWIII absolutely has the skill to post up. The thing is, his game has more variety than Karnowski's. And Collins was outrageously more versatile.

He has shown the nice left hook from the block but not a toolbox full of park in the low post and go to work set of moves like Collins or PK. Seems to me he does best with space to face up and maneuver rather than back to the basket low post game. Having PK or Collins alongside really opened up things for JWIII as he didn't deal with many double teams. Looking forward to seeing what new skills he shows us next year and how the coaches utilize them.

sittingon50
05-24-2017, 11:15 AM
:clap:

229SintoZag
05-24-2017, 11:19 AM
He has shown the nice left hook from the block but not a toolbox full of park in the low post and go to work set of moves like Collins or PK. Seems to me he does best with space to face up and maneuver rather than back to the basket low post game. Having PK or Collins alongside really opened up things for JWIII as he didn't deal with many double teams. Looking forward to seeing what new skills he shows us next year and how the coaches utilize them.

From what I understand, people are underestimating or are unaware of how good Larsen will be for us. He will be the surprise of the year next year assuming he gets and stays healthy.

jazzdelmar
05-24-2017, 11:55 AM
AFAIK, there are no incoming 5-star Burger Boys that have experienced playing in the NCAA title game. He's a grown man, as compared to 18-19 year olds.

Did you just cuss at me Tex? What does that acronym mean?

primal23
05-24-2017, 12:05 PM
Did you just cuss at me Tex? What does that acronym mean?

AFAIK = as far as I know :)


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kitzbuel
05-24-2017, 12:30 PM
From what I understand, people are underestimating or are unaware of how good Larsen will be for us. He will be the surprise of the year next year assuming he gets and stays healthy.

While I am still withholding complete judgement until I see him play, I am also of this opinion. Tommy didn't bring him here because he was a stiff. I suspect he will hold up well in the post.

TexasZagFan
05-24-2017, 12:34 PM
Did you just cuss at me Tex? What does that acronym mean?

:lmao:

WETSU

BOHICA - that's what we say to the WCC every year.

Kitz probably knows the first one.

seacatfan
05-24-2017, 01:00 PM
Good news for the Zags! Looking forward to a great Sr. year for JWIII. He got off to a slow start last year but then finished strong. Should be good to go out of the gate this season.

TexasZagFan
05-24-2017, 01:47 PM
Good news for the Zags! Looking forward to a great Sr. year for JWIII. He got off to a slow start last year but then finished strong. Should be good to go out of the gate this season.

He and Silas should be the co-captains.

O/T, but there are new Zag fans in Texas. I just got through talking with my son, and we were talking about J3's return. We started talking about next year's team, to include the arrival of Joel Ayayi. Apparently, Joel's game has been creating some buzz at the local high school, he's a known commodity among that group.

I'm sure my son's going to have a shopping list for Zag gear when we are in Spokane in July.

I need to get out more... :lmao:

willandi
05-24-2017, 02:47 PM
With the addition of Larsen to those two (if Lars turns out half as good as projected), the Zags again have the top front court in the WCC. It would be nice to add depth.


From what I understand, people are underestimating or are unaware of how good Larsen will be for us. He will be the surprise of the year next year assuming he gets and stays healthy.

Agreed!

zagbeliever
05-24-2017, 04:19 PM
I am elated that he is returning! Gives the team a little more fire.