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    Default Article on the Athletic: "WCC Notebook" by Sam Vecenie talks Zach Norvell

    Sam Vecenie authored an article on the Athletic that was post worthy...seriously, those of you who haven't subscribed to this site, it's worth the small price of admission for these great write-ups.
    Here's a quick excerpt and gist:

    https://theathletic.com/187686/2017/...h-norvell-lmu/

    Zach Norvellís hot stretch moves him into starting lineup

    "Zach Norvell is making the leap that was expected of him when he committed to play in Spokane. The Chicago native already is arguably the most talented perimeter scorer in the league as a redshirt freshman, scoring 20 points per game over his last five contests.

    ...The key for Norvell going forward, though, isnít the scoring part of the game. Rather, Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs to see more in other areas.

    ďIíve been looking for growth on the defensive end and growth in shot selection and kind of understanding whatís good and what isnít so good,Ē Few told The Spokesman."

    Zach and Corey are replacing "Big Shot Bob" from last year (Jordan Matthews for the uninformed) and Matthews had those killer dagger-3's from the corner all last season, along with some heady defensive plays. I know both of these guys will easily surpass the role that Jordan played last year for us, but the team to date just needs to cut down on the turnovers and we'll be fine down the stretch come tournament time...and maybe take a few charges like Jordan did last year wouldn't hurt either on help side defense from the wing.

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    Thanks for the heads-up! The in-depth content is definitely worth the extra $

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    Just imagining the scenario of Norvell, Kispert and Perkins all being hot from 3 in the same [NCAA Tourney] game..or maybe it’s Tillie and Melson. This team has a lot guys who can make 3’s; that gives them a puncher’s chance vs anyone and everyone.
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    I thought Norvell had his best game as a Zag last night.

    Many look at box score stats, and Norvell had his lowest scoring game but his best overall performance.

    His passed well, picked his spots, plugged gaps defensively, looked to get a charge or two (although called blocks), key steals, dove for at least 2 loose balls, even defending a couple transition buckets.

    He was also consistent with his effort and hustle in BOTH halves.

    I watched Coach Few cheer him on several times after deflections and playing to the game plan.

    He needs to do the small things to consistently do the big things.

    We all know he is going to be a superstar talent at Gonzaga one day, so I was so happy to see him play scrappy last night and defer to others when necessary. He played within the flow of the game.

    A sight to see.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goshzagit View Post
    I thought Norvell had his best game as a Zag last night.

    Many look at box score stats, and Norvell had his lowest scoring game but his best overall performance.

    His passed well, picked his spots, plugged gaps defensively, looked to get a charge or two (although called blocks), key steals, dove for at least 2 loose balls, even defending a couple transition buckets.

    He was also consistent with his effort and hustle in BOTH halves.

    I watched Coach Few cheer him on several times after deflections and playing to the game plan.

    He needs to do the small things to consistently do the big things.

    We all know he is going to be a superstar talent at Gonzaga one day, so I was so happy to see him play scrappy last night and defer to others when necessary. He played within the flow of the game.

    A sight to see.
    I find myself in agreement. If it wasn't for Tillie's 27pt night ZN would have been my POG. Also, there is a scrappiness about him that is difficult to quantify. He has a way of answering when our opponents heat up. There's no shrinking from the moment and he's the only player on this roster who can efficiently create his own shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyberu View Post
    I find myself in agreement. If it wasn't for Tillie's 27pt night ZN would have been my POG. Also, there is a scrappiness about him that is difficult to quantify. He has a way of answering when our opponents heat up. There's no shrinking from the moment and he's the only player on this roster who can efficiently create his own shot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopaholic View Post
    disagree Silas can create his own shot when he puts his mind to it
    Zach puts his mind to it. More.

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    Quote Originally Posted by irishzag_09 View Post
    Sam Vecenie authored an article on the Athletic that was post worthy...seriously, those of you who haven't subscribed to this site, it's worth the small price of admission for these great write-ups.
    Here's a quick excerpt and gist:

    https://theathletic.com/187686/2017/...h-norvell-lmu/

    Zach Norvell’s hot stretch moves him into starting lineup

    "Zach Norvell is making the leap that was expected of him when he committed to play in Spokane. The Chicago native already is arguably the most talented perimeter scorer in the league as a redshirt freshman, scoring 20 points per game over his last five contests.

    ...The key for Norvell going forward, though, isn’t the scoring part of the game. Rather, Gonzaga coach Mark Few needs to see more in other areas.

    “I’ve been looking for growth on the defensive end and growth in shot selection and kind of understanding what’s good and what isn’t so good,” Few told The Spokesman."

    Zach and Corey are replacing "Big Shot Bob" from last year (Jordan Matthews for the uninformed) and Matthews had those killer dagger-3's from the corner all last season, along with some heady defensive plays. I know both of these guys will easily surpass the role that Jordan played last year for us, but the team to date just needs to cut down on the turnovers and we'll be fine down the stretch come tournament time...and maybe take a few charges like Jordan did last year wouldn't hurt either on help side defense from the wing.
    Isn't the headline wrong? Didn't he move into the starting lineup because Corey was hurt, THEN had a hot stretch?
    "After holding open practices during his first three seasons, Romar closed them to reporters last season, citing the "Gonzaga factor." He felt his team was compromised before the 2004-05 game against the Zags, that the opponent awaiting him and beating him 99-87 in Spokane seemed a little too well prepared."

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGonzagaFactor View Post
    Isn't the headline wrong? Didn't he move into the starting lineup because Corey was hurt, THEN had a hot stretch?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoopaholic View Post
    disagree Silas can create his own shot when he puts his mind to it
    He certainly can...but he doesn't do it nearly enough.

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    Norvell has star quality no Zag has had since the Bonus.....

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGonzagaFactor View Post
    Isn't the headline wrong? Didn't he move into the starting lineup because Corey was hurt, THEN had a hot stretch?
    Depends on your definition.

    Kispert started & played 13 min. vs Incarnate Word & rolled his ankle.

    Norvell relieved, played 28 mins. & got 17.
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    Norvell has star quality no Zag has had since the Bonus.....
    For once we agree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by billyberu View Post
    For once we agree.

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    They all look like they can create their shot to me....perhaps some more than others but they can all do it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by GonzagasaurusFlex View Post
    Just imagining the scenario of Norvell, Kispert and Perkins all being hot from 3 in the same [NCAA Tourney] game..or maybe it’s Tillie and Melson. This team has a lot guys who can make 3’s; that gives them a puncher’s chance vs anyone and everyone.
    Agree with this. This team has a ton of guys that can hit the 3, but on the flip side, will hate to see those games where the 3 isn't dropping. Got spoiled last year with being able to go inside at will when outside shots weren't falling. A little tougher to do this year.

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