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    Default Joel Ayayi committs to Gonzaga

    Looks like he's class of 17'. He just announce his commitment to Gonzaga (via twitter) and will play next year.

    http://www.scout.com/college/basketb...ommits-gonzaga

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    YES! Big get for Gonzaga
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    2017 FINAL FOUR

    2 Winningest Players in college basketball history (Karnowski 137, Perkins 134)

    The Best Point Guard to ever play the game: John Stockton, most assists, most steals.

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    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Joel-Ayayi-97191/

    Listed as 6'4" with a 6'8" wingspan. Wow! He's very young.. if we land Brown this weekend, is Ayayi a Redshirt candidate?

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    It's about time we got some good news around here!

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    This kid has some NBA scouts drooling already. Huge pickup! Good job Tommy!

    Also, Ronny was just in Paris, so he may have assisted on this one...Thanks Mr. Turiaf!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zag_Dad View Post
    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/Joel-Ayayi-97191/

    Listed as 6'4" with a 6'8" wingspan. Wow! He's very young.. if we land Brown this weekend, is Ayayi a Redshirt candidate?
    In the past we've been told that coaches preferred not to redshirt players from overseas. Larsen redshirted primarily because he got hurt.

    Could be a crowded backcourt next year!

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    So he's long, quick, and a good shooter. But he's also skinny, not developed enough as a ball handler to be a point guard, and could improve on defense. I'm guessing he won't be a true point for us. Very intriguing player though. I'm thrilled.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VinnyZag View Post
    In the past we've been told that coaches preferred not to redshirt players from overseas. Larsen redshirted primarily because he got hurt.

    Could be a crowded backcourt next year!
    Why is that? Cause it's not worth the travel to sit for a year?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zag_Dad View Post
    Looks like he's class of 17'. He just announce his commitment to Gonzaga (via twitter) and will play next year.

    http://www.scout.com/college/basketb...ommits-gonzaga
    Great news, time for a trademark change (unless France exits from the European Union): Gonzaga EUniversity Basketball, or Gonzaga UNiversity Basketball.

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    Congrats!

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    My first thought?

    Defensive length.

    It is now a must.
    I miss Mike Hart

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    Quote Originally Posted by MBAGael View Post
    Congrats!
    Does this mean that Tillie can help the kid break the language barrier? Two Frenchmen on the same team? Could lead to some good, clean jokes, although these days you just have to be careful not to offend.

    Hope this one's OK;

    Remember that old TV beer commercial (forget the brand) where the guy says the beer's so smooth it goes down easier than a French prizefighter?

    Turn that around for us.........This news goes down easier than...........?

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    Quote Originally Posted by dhozagfan08 View Post
    Why is that? Cause it's not worth the travel to sit for a year?
    If I recall correctly, they said the adjustment to a new culture, etc., is more difficult if they aren't playing ball.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickMick View Post
    My first thought?

    Defensive length.

    It is now a must.

    COMPLETELY AGREE

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    Quote Originally Posted by MickMick View Post
    My first thought?

    Defensive length.

    It is now a must.
    Do you mean that the team desperately needs defensive length now or that it appears that the Zags are actively recruiting lengthy players for defense and Ayayi is another example of that?

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    SWEET!!!

    Like Domas and Tille, if he played high school ball in the States he would possibly be a Mickey D's AA. But to be clear, he is a 2017? He's super young, may plan to redshirt him and let him learn and physically mature. Huge Get nonetheless!

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    Quote Originally Posted by thespywhozaggedme View Post
    SWEET!!!

    Like Domas and Tille, if he played high school ball in the States he would possibly be a Mickey D's AA. But to be clear, he is a 2017? He's super young, may plan to redshirt him and let him learn a physically mature. Huge Get nonetheless!
    Hmmm....watching the video at the draftexpress site and I didn't get a McD impression - but then again I'm no scout.

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    Quote Originally Posted by strikenowhere View Post
    Hmmm....watching the video at the draftexpress site and I didn't get a McD impression - but then again I'm no scout.
    Really, he can drive, shoot and handle the rock. This is another "under the radar" recruit by Tommy.

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    Good get, but may be a couple years before we see a significant impact.

    GU is set at the guard position. If we can polish it off with an immediate impact big (grad transfer) and maybe chase jeter to stash away for next year, we'll be set (jj Jones to get the last scholly?).

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    One of the scouting reports states that Joel is already fluent in English.

    Another scouting report states that both of Joel's parents are from Benin (in Africa). That is where Rui's father is from (his mother is Japanese). Maybe Tommy should take a scouting trip to that country.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madness View Post
    This kid has some NBA scouts drooling already. Huge pickup! Good job Tommy!

    Also, Ronny was just in Paris, so he may have assisted on this one...Thanks Mr. Turiaf!
    With a huge assist from Mr. Tillie
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    Scouting report says "elite rebounder." I like guards that can rebound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NorthoftheBorder View Post
    One of the scouting reports states that Joel is already fluent in English.

    Another scouting report states that both of Joel's parents are from Benin (in Africa). That is where Rui's father is from (his mother is Japanese). Maybe Tommy should take a scouting trip to that country.
    Wow, weird coincidence; Rui, Ayayi and Tillie all are connected in some form or fashion.

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    Welcome Joel.

    Congratulations.
    We didn't want the guy anyway.

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    A couple interviews -- English language seems pretty good -- in the interview from 3 months ago he has improved language skills over the one from 10 months ago.

    He knows that areas where he needs to grow/improve.


    http://www.draftexpress.com/profile/...-97191/videos/

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