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    Couple of things I'm hearing from a pretty reliable source on who is going to verbal (or have, but no offical announcement yet)for 2019. Looks like we will be seeing double again with the twins from Houston Texas. That will help with the point guard position.

    Also the 6'5" post from Northwest Christian was on campus early this week working out for the staff before they left for the final 4. She is transferring to a D1 program somewhere. Maybe it will be us.

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    the Truong twins...about 5'7"..... if that's who you're referring too......I guessed that several weeks ago when Craig retweeted them....ha ha I got a scope...that and knowing JB was thinking of leaving many months ago, that from an extended family member of hers...

    the Truong twins have you tube videos out there....

    excited about the NWC girl....we need her height..

    any news if we've tried for Louise Brown?....she would be a grad transfer, and could play right away, like JB could if she wanted...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    the Truong twins...about 5'7"..... if that's who you're referring too......I guessed that several weeks ago when Craig retweeted them....ha ha I got a scope...that and knowing JB was thinking of leaving many months ago, that from an extended family member of hers...

    the Truong twins have you tube videos out there....

    excited about the NWC girl....we need her height..

    any news if we've tried for Louise Brown?....she would be a grad transfer, and could play right away, like JB could if she wanted...
    I hope you mean scoop and not scope.

    To actually earn a true scoop, you have to be the first to announce it to the board.

    This would have been a great topic to bring to our attention, several weeks ago, when you first saw that CF retweeted the twins.

    I don't think we need a direct replacement for JB. JW shoots the same percentage and plays better defense than JB ever did and we have LW as back-up. We just need her to take more shots and without JB on the floor I think that will happen naturally. We have two (2) players coming in next year who play the wing and forward, so I think we are fine in these two positions. If we are going to use a scholarship we need either a true post player (6'4", 6'5" or taller with a bigger body), a true point guard or a sharp shooter from outside.

    As far as Louise Brown goes, she is a (6'3") redshirt junior this year, thus she can't directly transfer unless she graduates this year and goes the grad transfer route. At 6'3" I don't think she gives us anything that we don't already have except maybe some more experience. She typically plays forward and we have a fair number of forwards already. For the year, LB played in 28 games and averaged 6.4 points and 6.0 rebounds per game in 23.7 minutes. For the year she had 15 steals and 49 assists. I just don't see the production for the time played to give up a scholarship. I don't know how she would feel about playing the post. If we can't do any better, then LB would give us some added depth and height in the #4/#5 position and it would only be for a year. The negative is that she would be another player leaving after next year (back to 4) leaving the team short of experienced players. I personally would prefer either a taller/bigger post or sharp shooter from either the grad transfer, transfer or recruit where we would get more years for our scholarship. If you can get a freshman or sophomore transfer, then any of the needs could be addressed but they would not help next year.

    Obviously, we don't know who is on the recruiting horizon, so maybe we will have a taller post coming in 2019 and we can use the extra scholarship as a bandaid for this upcoming year.

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    I see that CLF has announced on her Twitter that Anamarie Virjoghe is going to be a ZAG. 6' 5", that will help in 2019

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    Anamarie Virjoghe played for Northwest Christian as a freshman last season. She's from Romania. NCU is an NAIA team out of Eugene. They played the Bulldogs in an exhibition game last November in what turned out to be a Gonzaga rout. Anamarie scored 7 points. The coaches must have remembered her from that game. She went on to have a great season for NCU. They had their best year ever, finishing at 23-7. She led the team in scoring at a 15.4 pace, shot 50% from the floor, and was a 71% free throw shooter. She was the first ever player from the school ever named to the NAIA All-American squad, being selected as an Honorable Mention. It's a big step up from NAIA to NCAA Division 1. Looks like she has some skills at the lower level, let's hope she can continue her success at Gonzaga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag on the run View Post
    I see that CLF has announced on her Twitter that Anamarie Virjoghe is going to be a ZAG. 6' 5", that will help in 2019
    Northwest Christian University's "Freshman Anamaria Virjoghe was listed among the All-America honorable mention selections. ... Virjoghe led the Beacons with 461 points on the season, averaging 15.4 points per game while also averaging 6.5 rebounds and 2.3 blocks per contest. Of the 60 players named to the First, Second, and Third Teams and the honorable mention list, Virjoghe is one of just two freshmen selected and one of only eight underclassmen."

    http://www.gobeacons.com/news/2018/3...rican-nod.aspx

    Last August Anamaria played on Romania's FIBA Under-19 European Championship team, averaging almost 19 minutes/game, and scoring 5.5 ppg on 41.7% fg shooting. She averaged 5.1 rpg, .5 apg, .3 spg, 1.9 topg, 1.6 bpg, and 1.9 fpg. Her recorded height then was 6' 3.85".

    http://www.fiba.basketball/europe/u1...maria-Virjoghe
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    maybe Anamaria can get some special Notre Dame sauce and be able to play right away..

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    Quote Originally Posted by sylean View Post
    maybe Anamaria can get some special Notre Dame sauce and be able to play right away..
    I'm thinking since she's coming from an NAIA program, she should be able to take the court this coming season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavebear33 View Post
    I'm thinking since she's coming from an NAIA program, she should be able to take the court this coming season.

    I thought perhaps too, and I did try to get some info but couldn't find anything concrete....maybe Zagdad knows.....would be wonderful for this upcoming year so I don't have to worry about the team so much.......a few weeks ago when I was researching Anamarie I didn't realize that we actually played against her...but she seems to be on the strong side....she's a good get...

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    Last paragraph in GoZags.com article:

    "Due to NCAA transfer rules, she will redshirt the upcoming 2018-19 season and have three seasons of eligibility remaining at Gonzaga, beginning when she steps on the court in the 2019-20 season."

    http://www.gozags.com/sports/w-baskb...042018aab.html

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    thx...but ugh....

    but we need a big post for this year...still hoping that something comes up on the transfer list...

    btw...our team is certainly able to win the WCC, hopefully, but I want the team to reach higher...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cavebear33 View Post
    I'm thinking since she's coming from an NAIA program, she should be able to take the court this coming season.
    I am no expert, but I think if you transfer straight across an NCAA division or step up you have to sit out due to transfer rules. The only exceptions are the grad transfer rule (if you graduate, you can transfer without penalty) and if you transfer to a school who plays a division lower than the school you are currently playing at (ie go from a D-1 school to a D-2, D-3 or NAIA school).

    I realize that she is an honorable mention NAIA and more importantly she is a freshman, but keep in mind that our skinny and relatively short front court (ZR & JB) held her to 7 points, 2 rebounds and 2 steals in 18 minutes, so any expectation that she is going to be our savior needs to be tempered a little bit.

    The good news is that she is a freshman (think the Wirths), living a long way from home, so you know she got a lot better as the year went on. Also, having a redshirt year to get stronger and learn the Zag system, means that she will come in ready to go in 2019, much like JB did as a RS freshman and unlike Georgia Stirton who got thrown to the wolves right away.

    She will likely be a very productive player for us in 2019 that will allow the wings and forwards to play a more offensive game.

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    I went back to that game we played against her and nothing really stood out....However, if she was a freshman, that says it all....she was a freshman....

    seems to me its a bit arbitrary to allow junior college players to come right in and play but not allow a freshman the same privilege...but it is what it is...

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    I see that the Zags have made the official announcement on the Turong twins. I have seen them play a couple of times. They are going to be great.

    Allies Pill on campus this weekend for a visit. Very interesting post player out of Alaska. Hope it goes well.

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    "Pili" is what I came up with after several pages of Alli weight loss pills...lol

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    Here is a little info on Alissa Pili:

    Alissa is 5'11" or 6'0" (Depending on whose site you look at) and 240 lbs. She is the 3-time Alaska Gatorade Player of the Year. She is a 4-star recruit with a "92" score rating. She is rated as the 7th best PF in the country.

    John Lucas Elite 160-September 2016: Deceptively agile, versatile faceup-4 performer; power game in block complemented by soft touch in face up game; bouncy, defends out of area; mis-match producer; among the most physical prospects in the class of 2019. (Olson)

    End-of-the-Oregon Trail-July 2016: Physical, versatile interior prospect with power game in the paint; nimble footwork, skilled in the paint with soft touch in key; rebounds and handles in transition. (Olson)

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    Alaska Gatorade Player-of-the-Year in 2016,2017, 2018.

    For her junior year, her year long stats were; 19.4 POINTS PER GAME, 10.1 REBOUNDS PER GAME, 1.9 STEALS PER GAME & 66.5 FIELD GOAL PERCENTAGE

    She certainly is the type of player that would not get pushed around.

    Hope things go well this weekend.

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    on her radio show, CLF stated that they were looking at a "big girl" "who can move"....maybe that is who she was referring too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by zag on the run View Post
    Allies Pill on campus this weekend for a visit. Very interesting post player out of Alaska. Hope it goes well.
    Any news? All I hear is ... crickets!
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    Until the LOI's are signed, nothing is set in stone but looking at who have signed and committed verbally, we have the essentials covered for 2019.

    With JB leaving this year, we have her covered with the Wirth Twins. JW shot as well as JB (just did not take as many shots) and played better defense. If we can get JW to look to be more offensively minded next year, along with her sister, LW, we hopefully have the lost of JB covered.

    After next year we will need to replace Chandler, ZR and Laura. We have CS's spot covered with Melody and Kylee coming in this year. We have ZR covered with the signing of Anamaria Virjoghe and LS covered with the Truong Twins.

    I think we can still use some bulk in the middle and a 3-pt shooting specialist.

    A Grad Transfer big would not hurt for the 2018-2019 year either.

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    the Wirths have their own strengths but Jill B will be hard to replace, lets not kid ourselves...

    as for this year, we absolutely need a big transfer from somewhere who can play this year....can't imagine going in with just the twins and Zee....play two of the three and who replaces....we're dancing with disaster if we think we can get by.....

    if we don't get more size then we better be prepared to win with speed...

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    Sylean, interesting comments. I am not quite sure I understand your reasoning behind your point of view. Here is my opinion for your dissection.

    the Wirths have their own strengths but Jill B will be hard to replace, lets not kid ourselves...
    JB is without a doubt, the team's leading scorer, one of the team's leading 3-pt shooting specialists, the best free throw shooter and the leading rebounder. She will be tough to replace, offensively. There is no "one" player that we have that will replace JB by herself, it will take the team, not a single player to make up for what we are losing.

    JB was not a very good defensive player. She had slow feet and was beaten off the dribble frequently, requiring help defense, leading to many wide-open, lay-ups by the opposing team. JB also missed defensive switches on many occasions, leading to more lay-ups. JB was also the team leader in turnovers. It can be argued that the 2017-2018 Lady Zag team was a better defensive team without JB in the game.

    The loss of JB will certainly hurt the offensive capability of the 2018-2019 Lady Zag team, but the team can and most likely will be a better defensive team than this year's team. Keep in mind that we don't really lose much height without JB as the Wirth twins are JB's same height and we are adding 6'-2" Kylee Griffen and 6'0" Melody Kempton. This year's team was uncharacteristically poor shooters from 3-pt range. With any luck, the team will go back to their 2016-2017 3-pt shooting percentages, a year more of experience for Katie Campbell and Jill Townsend plus the addition of two (2) high scoring freshman, Melody Kempton and Kylee Griffen will help offset the offensive loss of JB.

    as for this year, we absolutely need a big transfer from somewhere who can play this year....can't imagine going in with just the twins and Zee....play two of the three and who replaces....we're dancing with disaster if we think we can get by.....
    I think we will actually be a "better" defensive team than we were last year when we won the league and tournament championship. The question is can we come up with the offense to make up for the loss of JB. If we have no additions to the line-up and no injuries, I think we will still be favored to win the league and the tournament championship. If we want to go further in the NCAA, then the addition of a "big" would be required but I don't think it will be a disaster if we don't get one for next year. If you think next year will be a disaster without the addition of a "big" I think you are underestimating the capabilities of the Lady Zag team.

    if we don't get more size then we better be prepared to win with speed...
    In her four (4) years as head coach, has CLF ever shown a tendency to "run" on a constant basis? Other than JL, who exactly have on the team who can "run" for the entire game? I don't think the run and shoot is in the cards for next year or any other year based on CLFs recruits, but we will see.

    As I said above,

    I think we can still use some bulk in the middle and a 3-pt shooting specialist. A Grad Transfer big would not hurt for the 2018-2019 year either.
    If we don't get either, IMO, next year will not be a disaster, and I will expect we will contend for another league championship and tournament championship. Advancing further in the NCAA may have to wait until the 2019-2020 year.

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    Ah... next year.

    Lets see what we have for starters... CS, LS, ZR from last year. Three SRs with leadership skills. Add JW and JL and you have a pretty good starting lineup. How about 3 guards that can play point. Played wisely and they could cause other teams some problems.

    The bench... JT and LW with good minutes from last year and add in KC and that’s about it for experience. Then you have LF, MK and KG with a ton of talent that will need time, like this years Fr., to get up to speed with D1.

    Next years team will look a lot like this years team... I just think they will start quicker than lasts but will finish the same.

    What I would like to see is another years worth of experience out of the coaching staff where it comes to the games.

    Go Zags!!

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    we'll be guard heavy and we have pretty good size there but I still worry about the posts....LF came in last year with very limited playing time, but we see she can hit her free throws, make 3's and a short jumper....all she needs is the opportunity..

    no question that our freshmen will be able to contribute right away...


    .. was checking out twitter and Craig liked a post featuring the Dimond HS girls bb team....hmmmm...that's the one from Alaska...Anchorage...featuring Ms. Pili....I caught a couple of videos of her and she's good....apparently, she played boys football for a short time....she has brothers that play football in Div one....very athletic family....hope we can get her...

    last time I saw a Craig tweet was in reference to the Truong girls...

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    Truong Twins are headed to Colorado to try out for U-17 USA Basketball.

    Good Luck Twinballerz,

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    She is only a sophomore but if Gonzaga didn't know about Hailey Van Lith at Cashmere.....they probably know about her now as she led her high school team to a championship at Hoop Fest...Can't miss....another Pangos....

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