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    Lewis Jackson said he has not communicated with the Gonzaga staff since the Zags took another point guard commit last week and therefore could not tell us if he the school will continue to pursue him. Jackson says the Gonzaga option had some extra appeal because he has some family out in the Seattle area.

    http://rivalshoops.rivals.com/viewpr...2&pr_key=50894

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    Few watching Demetri Goodson. Lewis Jackson not hearing from Gonzaga.

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    It just seems odd to me that Few would still be watching Goodson at this point. We have Gibbs, who is pretty clearly a PG not an SG for 2008. We're (seemingly) really invested in trying to get good guards in the loaded 2009 class. Why would the staff still be interested in guys like Goodson and (perhaps) Jackson? I don't get it. It seems like having more guards in the 2008 class would jeopardize our chances with 2009 targets. OTOH, nothing wrong with looking at the menu and keeping up with potential recruits, whether or not you intend to order.

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    Any news on Dashan Harris? This kid would be a coup d'etat if it ever materialized. Just wondering. He's at the top of my (not that I have any influence) list.

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    Harris would be a major coup. His recruitment would most likely impact Clark's decision so Few may have decided to not pursue Harris given his position with Clarke. Just my guess. Harris or Clarke will impact the thinking of the potential 09 guards, but I don't think Few will hold back getting the best players when he can get them.

    Pursuing Goodson seems a bit odd unless Few knows there will be another scholarship spot opening up with an early departure. Not that they are the end all, but looking at scouting reports Goodson wouldn't seem to be at a level that would deter any 09 guys, an would likely struggle for playing time in the long run.

    That said, Few has demonstrated time and again he has a plan and I have full confidence in him. Fun to watch and speculate.

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    Re: Goodson. If Pargo bolts to the NBA, we'll have Bouldin and Gibbs to play PG. A lightning quick PG who defends like crazy would fit nicely. My guess is, if we don't get Clarke, we'll try hard for Goodson. If we get Clarke, likely no Goodson. Again, that's just my read on things.

    Meanwhile--

    [Jared] Cunningham, a 6-foot-3, 170-pound point guard from San Leandro High School, didn't have the game he is capable of having but there is a lot to like with the class of 2009 prospect. His class doesn't have a lot of depth at the point and his size is a major plus. Cunningham is a smooth operator and good with the ball in his hands. His perimeter game was off in the morning defeat.

    Cunningham is being recruited from all levels. He said he has heard from Arizona State, Arizona, Gonzaga, Portland, California and UC Santa Barbara.
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    "New Mexico, Gonzaga, Arizona State, Memphis, Kentucky and Kansas are the schools Rotnei would like to visit in the fall," he [Rotnei's father]added. "He's already been to Kansas and Kentucky, so he would like to visit some other schools before making his decision. The plan right now is to either visit Kansas or Kentucky for Late Night, but we haven't made a decision about that."
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    Default looks like it may be...

    one guard for the '09 class seeing as most on this board believe that 2 guards will be signed for the '08 class. I say the staff has a good chance with Rudd, Cunningham, and Gaddy in the mix. I think the staff is doing the right thing though for pushign for Gaddy. Rudd and Cunningham may end up being too difficult to pull from California especially with Rudd already showing interest for USC....

    Few plus 2 assistants watching Gaddy tho..... now that is HIGH priority

    Morgan has always been a fav of mine since his recruitment started so I would be completely satisfied with Brock (PF), Morgan (PF/C), and Gaddy (PG)
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    Re: Goodson. If Pargo bolts to the NBA, we'll have Bouldin and Gibbs to play PG. A lightning quick PG who defends like crazy would fit nicely. My guess is, if we don't get Clarke, we'll try hard for Goodson. If we get Clarke, likely no Goodson. Again, that's just my read on things.
    Hadn't really thought about this before. Assuming Pargo leaves after this year (which I feel is a good possiblity) we'll have no one left to guard a "quick" guard in 08 (assuming we don't get Goodson or someone similar). Those 08 and 09 teams really will have no quickness on them whatsoever. Gaddy or whoever would be freshman and probably wouldn't get a ton of time. Maybe we're starting to see why Few is looking more closely at some of the quicker guards in this class.

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    Goodson is very similar to Pargo. A bit smaller but bulky, strong, quick and the same type of tough attitude. Goodson was a sought-after DB in football.
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    But hes picked basketball as his sport?
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    Quote Originally Posted by EL MUSTACIO View Post
    But hes picked basketball as his sport?
    Yes. Like Tinsley, however, he stopped playing football last year. His love is basketball. He could've been a Big-12 DB if his heart was in football instead. His brother plays for A&M.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BobZag View Post
    Yes. Like Tinsley, however, he stopped playing football last year. His love is basketball. He could've been a Big-12 DB if his heart was in football instead. His brother plays for A&M.
    Wow, that Goodson?! I had to look it up, but Mike is his name. I remember watching a couple of A&M's games last season. Absolute stallion of a running back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobZag View Post
    Few watching Demetri Goodson. Lewis Jackson not hearing from Gonzaga.

    2 + 2 =
    This article seems to confirm the direction;

    http://minnesota.scout.com/2/662634.html

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    Demetri is extremely under-rated. I just watched video clips of him (basketball and football) and he is a stud. Very quick, penetrates real well, kicks it out or finishes, plays defense. He's quite physical, too, which might stem from his football days. In short, he reminds me so much of Pargo. I'm not sure why he hasn't gotten as much ink as, say, Dashan Harris, but he looks every bit as good. He broke his pinky finger a while back and that kept him out of the limelight.

    I'll predict Demetri Goodson will be playing in a Zags uni in K2 in 2008-09. Write it down.

    Gibbs = Santangelo/Stepp
    Goodson = Q/Pargo
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    Default if pargo leaves

    if pargo has a great season and leaves early I think that LG and or steven gray could handle a quick point guard and matt has the size to guard a two, now if we play a team with 2 or three quick guards like nova (with randy foye and company) or illinois back when dbrown, and derron williams then we would be facing a major matchup problem.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobZag View Post

    I'll predict Demetri Goodson will be playing in a Zags uni in K2 in 2008-09. Write it down.

    Gibbs = Santangelo/Stepp
    Goodson = Q/Pargo
    I'd love to see Demetri commit sooner rather than later. Is the A& M factor as big of a hurdle to overcome as speculated in the last Rivals article?

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    I hope Jeremy stays. The 2008 NBA draft looks loaded with guards like Pargo, ie, Derrick Rose, OJ Mayo, Eric Gordon, Ty Lawson (most likely), Darren Collison (likely)... In 2009's draft, there's Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans and not much else for guards. Jeremy has a legit shot at the lottery in 2009.
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    OK, pure selfish speculation on my part, but I think Jeremy's chances of staying are raised because of his brother Jannero - already having a family member in the NBA might help him get better feedback than a lot of kids about where his skills are vis-a-vis other players in the League as well as the benefits of staying vs going (wasn't Jannero undrafted and then stuck as a free agent later on?) At least I can hope.

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    Janerro played 4 years of college, too. Two at a Juco, two at Arkansas.
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    I think 2 things that factor into kids leavin' early are

    1. School being a "distraction" &

    2. The family needing the money

    I don't think #2 is an issue for Jeremy.

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    I do believe that receiving his degree is something that's going to matter to Jeremy and his family, whether he does it in 4 years at Gonzaga or if he leaves early and, like some other NBA players, completes his degree later on. For a kid like him who grew up in circumstances like he did, these things usually really matter.

    Like BZ is talking about, staying at Gonzaga is a win win for him. He gets the degree, but he also increases his stock. Unless he's lottery after this season, which I don't see happening based on the plethora of guards that will be coming out, he needs to stay. Being a back end first round pick or an early
    2nd rounder is really different from being a lottery selection. It took quite a few years before a guy like Tony Parker, who was a back end first rounder, earned the $$$ he deserved based on his level of achievement within the league. It just makes sound financial sense to enter the league at a time when a team is going to pay you big bucks before you even play your first game. Moreover, Pargo still needs to significantly improve certain areas of his game, and he is one guy who I don't see hitting a ceiling after this season even if he has a terrific year.

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    I could see Jeremy declaring for the draft. Getting feedback from the NBA guru's. Then coming back with vengence his senior year. At least I hope.

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    If Pargo were to stay his senior year, it may very well be Few's best team ever. Even if Josh left, the frosh (Daye, Gray, Sacre) and others (Ira, Theo) will have improved so much that they'll more than fill that void.

    And the nationwide publicity Pargo would receive would rival what Dickau got. (Not sure if any Zag will get the pub that Ammo got.)
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