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    I THINK that my favorite would be a full name of:

    Joshua Zach Rui Clark.

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    Snacks. I just love his on court demeanor and his guts to take the big shot. I also love how much he has improved as a defender this year. He was awful last year. Now he takes on the other team's toughest wing scorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CDC84 View Post
    Snacks. I just love his on court demeanor and his guts to take the big shot. I also love how much he has improved as a defender this year. He was awful last year. Now he takes on the other team's toughest wing scorer.
    He’s also stopped taking all those early offense threes that brought his percentages down quite a bit...

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    Today = Tillie, as he’s back!
    Tomorrow = Norvell, cuz he’s one determined Mr. Clutch!
    Next day = Josh .... Gosh! Look at all those assists!
    Day after that = BC! Blocks & one heck of a motor! Best transfer ever from not well known to sure gonna be well known!
    Another next day = Rui! What’s not to get all warm & fuzzy about Rui and what GU can do for a kid from afar (or near).
    Pick a day = Corey, Mr. Hard Nosed Blue Collar. He has a knack of being ready when ready is needed.
    Weekenders = Jones, Geno & Filip! I honestly do not know what the Zags would do without these 3. They are the supporting cast without who the Zags are not the #1 team in the USA!
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    This is a tough choice. So many likeable players, and honestly really no one I don't like. Everyone has a roll on the team and they check their egos at the door. Crandall was a star with North Dakota and was the focal point of that team's offense. He comes to Gonzaga and not only is on the bench, but he's like our 6th option. The guy could have sulked and had a poor attitude and it I don't think people would have blamed him. Instead, Crandall is the epitomy of a teammate. Since he can't be the offensive star he used to be he's focused on the part of his game that he can control, which is being a floor general for the second unit and playing great defense. That's why he's my second choice.

    My first choice is Clarke because he's unbelievable. I love guys that are defensive stars because it's an underappreciated part of player's games these days. Every time he makes a crazy spin move on offense I get excited.

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    Incredibly tough question to answer but I vote for Snacks, because three balanced meals isn't enough.
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    I think looking for a favorite player would distract me from the real beauty of this team.

    They all make each other better.

    When Snacks took three during the decisive run against the Waves, and he missed it. BC got the offensive rebound, gathered himself then instead of going up against a smaller defender, he hit a cutting Snacks for an uncontested layup. Two things about the play that is defining for these Zags. First, Bc could have overpowered his man for a score, but he chose to look for a cutting Snacks for an easy shot. Second, Snacks cut to basket knowing his guy was going to share the ball.
    BC makes Rui Better. Rui makes BC better. They both make Perkins play better, who then, in turn, leads them to better plays. Snacks have increased his assists and have become a better play maker. Cory does all the dirty work, while Crandall and Jones proved great energy off the bench.

    It is clear they play for each other and makes each other better. It is also clear they are out for something more the individual glory but are focused on being a great TEAM and to win it all!
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    Quote Originally Posted by amaronizag View Post
    Asking who is your favorite player is kind of like asking which is your favorite child. I love watching Perkins orchestrate the game and Geno in someones face on defense. Watching Snacks shoot daggers from 3 at clutch time has a real thrill factor for me. I love watching Rui take it to the hoop with power and he is totally locked in from inside 15 feet. But I have to admit, the smile on my face lasts longest when Clarke slams an allyoop.
    This just about sums it up for me. My favorite players typically play great defense and are good natured off the court. Previous favs for me off the top of my head were Errol Knight, Silas Melson, and Gary Bell Jr.

    But Ammo is also on that list (an outlier with the poor defense and off putting demeanor—at least while he was in school).
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    Brandon Clarke. It's a combination of his incredible athleticism and efficiency, his motor, and maybe most of all the backstory - here's yet another player who transferred to GU for a chance to contribute to a winner and bided his time, remade his shot, and emerged a force like none we've had before at GU. And he's not getting nearly enough love from pundits so I think we owe it to him.
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    Clarke, Morrison, Mike Hart, and Goss are my favorite Zags of all time. Favorites to watch as a fan that is. You might throw Pendo in there as well. They get me out of my seat with fist pumps.

    Clarke is the only one from that list currently playing.
    I miss Mike Hart

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    Quote Originally Posted by Malastein View Post
    He’s also stopped taking all those early offense threes that brought his percentages down quite a bit...
    Definitely. Shot selection is a key thing that all elite high school scorers need to be taught once they get to the college level. The early threes are most often not the best threes. Your feet are not set. You have little time to size up the shot. Plus, you don't give the team enough time to work the ball around for the best shot possible, which might be an open three with the shooter in rhythm. Also, as we all know, bad, quick shots almost always lead to fast break baskets for the other team. As Jay Bilas always says, "It's God's way of punishing you for taking a bad shot."

    I think if Zach keeps improving at this rate, he's going to be a NBA guy. He has good NBA size for a 2 guard, and while he might not have the jawdropping leaping ability that the scouts usually dig, he is so strong and powerful around the rim and finishes at an elite level. That put back to the finish the 1st half against Pepperdine was pretty special, but it's stuff like that incredible reverse layup that broke Duke's ankles in Maui that helps a 6-5 guard evade big men with length. The one area where Zach does possess elite athleticism is on the break. I am not sure if there has been a perimeter in Mark Few's tenure who can finish with such speed off a pass on the fast break as Snacks. Want to see an example? Go to the St. Mary's game in Moraga, 2nd half. I forget the time, but Clarke threw a beautiful 50 foot bullet pass to Snacks that was an "anticipation pass" like a quarterback throws in football. Out of nowhere Zach just flew by the SMC defenders to catch the pass right at the rim for the layup. I thought he wasn't going to be able to get the shot off before going out of bounds, but he did. It was simply awesome. One of the best GU plays of the year.

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    I have a sense of how difficult it is to be a student and a Gonzaga Basketball player....not because I was one, but because I roomed with a couple of them....so my favorite player is the one the thoughtless people in here are currently criticizing ….

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