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ZagNative
08-23-2018, 10:52 AM
Nice piece here at sportsquotient.com (http://thesportsquotient.com/ncaa-bb/2018/8/23/five-transfers-ready-to-make-an-instant-impact-this-season) about their projections for five impact transfers, including Brandon Clarke. It mentions the Zags' success with transfers and offers a rosy prognostication for Brandon Clarke.

Brandon Clarke — Gonzaga

Like Oregon, Gonzaga has made a living in recent years off transfers. Just look at the impact Nigel Williams-Goss and Jonathan Williams have had on the program, en route to a National Championship berth.

Williams-Goss is long gone, and now Williams has graduated, but Clarke is a more than worthy replacement. The 6’8 big man averaged 17.5 and 8.9 as a sophomore at San Jose State and sat out last season watching Gonzaga exit at the hands of a red-hot Florida State squad. This season, the bulk of the roster returns, and Clarke figures to get starters minutes whether he starts at the four or comes off the bench in favor of Rui Hachimura.

Clarke was scarcely recruited out of high school, and it’s easy to see why. He stood at just 6’2 until halfway through his sophomore year, and was still at a very developmental stage for a big by the time he would have been getting significant collegiate looks.

Now, Clarke has really tapped into his potential as a big man, showing off his guard-like swift movement that allows him to maneuver seamlessly throughout the post. He seems to have a knack for finding himself in great position to catch the ball deep enough for easy looks, which should fit perfectly alongside an excellent post passer in Killian Tillie.

Defensively, Clarke’s long arms and outstanding jumping ability allow him to protect the rim with ease and helped create fast breaks at San Jose State. Gonzaga has shined in recent years with two bigs who can play off each other in the post and limit easy looks on the other end of the floor, and with Clarke in the fold this year, that formula should ring true once again in Spokane.

MDABE80
08-23-2018, 11:22 AM
Both of these transfers are FF players. Duke and UNC will be tough tests but these guys are that good.

sittingon50
08-23-2018, 11:48 AM
Thanks Native.

Interesting (to me) that they think he plays the 4 @ GU. Based on who's back I would guess he was the 5. Guess we'll know in the near future.

Mantua
08-23-2018, 01:46 PM
Clarke’s impact may be apparent earlier than Crandall’s since Clarke had year to improve and learn the system.

bballbeachbum
08-23-2018, 04:03 PM
thanks for sharing. would add Mathews to the NWG and J3 successful transfer list leading to FF