"If we saved the world, there would be a comment that we should have done it faster."
Jordan Mathews, upon GU ascending to #1
You know who I didn't have to "look up"? Tommy Lloyd, who is on record as saying folks on the internet know about 5 percent of what's going on. And while it can be fun to speculate, and worry, and show angst .... the bottom line is the staff kinda "know" what they're doing. The month of May has been pretty good for Gonzaga vis a vis Grad Transfers .... Byron Wesley committed to Gonzaga in May and Jordan Mathews announced he was leaving Cal in May (committed to GU in June). So that's the timetable I'm keeping in the back of my mind.
As for foreign players? I've mentioned that this board had never heard of Elias Harris or Ronny Turiaf until they committed (no pub prior to their commitments at all). Tommy and Mark learned with Shem to "keep things quiet" during high profile foreign visits. It was public knowledge that Karnowski was visiting Gonzaga ... and Shem fielded calls from Self at Kansas, K at Duke and "others" while in Spokane. That's why Domas had an alias when he visited. That's why Rui's visit wasn't known until weeks later. That's why the French kid Joel Ayayi was slipped in and out of Spokane "under the radar". And there HAVE been other guys as well.
Sure, next year's Zags won't have Zach Collins, won't have Nigel Williams-Goss (both great players and great Zags). Next year's Zags won't have Bryan Alberts (who'll be another proud Gonzaga graduate) .... and there "may" be another open scholarship when all is said and done.
But ... I fail to see the need to "worry" about who'll be coming in to replace them. The staff has known about Alberts since last July .... and have known of the possibilities of the others for months. They were not caught napping, or resting on their laurels.
And ... if Fewie and Tommy think "secrecy", "low-key" and "under the radar" is the way for Gonzaga to get the guys who will truly "fit" AND "contribute" .... then I'm all onboard with that.
Party Like a Mormon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6J84sOTsMUI
Grazie. And if omertà works, that's good too.
Kavell Bigby-Williams, a F from Oregon
"Kids come here to better their own lives, not ours. If you take a player’s failures as a personal affront…. check yourself." - Chick-Stratino'sUrDaddy