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    Default Norvell Declares

    Thanks Gonzaga, his teammates, & Coaching staff for the opportunity to play for a great program, and intends to pursue his dream of playing in the NBA.

    Sounds permanent.

    If I knew how to post a picture, I would link his offical statement.

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    Whoa!
    This post is for March Madness seeding purposes only.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagNative View Post
    Thanks ZN.

    His words sound more official than even Clarke!

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    3 gone, 1 to go and it’s a whole new Gonzaga show!

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    Crazy that kids are leaving early now to be late 2nd round/undrafted.

    Regardless, thanks for the memories if gone. Once a zag, always a zag

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    Quote Originally Posted by MontanaCoyote View Post
    3 gone, 1 to go and it’s a whole new Gonzaga show!
    Not at all surprised...what would surprise me...….. would be if Tillie stayed......

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    Quote Originally Posted by raise the zag View Post
    Thanks ZN.

    His words sound more official than even Clarke!
    I don't know. It doesn't sound like its a done deal. He includes a lot of qualifications in his announcement, which to me makes it appear that he could come back and is just testing the waters. He states that its his "intention to declare for the NBA draft" and that he's "excited to have this chance to fulfill [his] dream." I read this as him leaving the possibility of coming back, but that he's at least declaring for the draft for now. Something that I think is a good idea for him. Let's see how it shakes out before making the conclusion that this is the end for ZN being in a Zags jersey. However, I wouldn't be surprised if he came back for another season after he gets feedback in pre-draft workouts.

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    I would have to think that he is exploring his options at this point. I'm not sure he would be drafted but thats what he can find out through this process. If he does go I wish him the best of luck!

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    I feel like the announcements when a player thanks coaches, fans, etc. typically have their mind made up and are gone. Players testing the waters only make this type of announcement if they decide to stay in. Maybe I’m wrong on that.

    Did JIII make this type of announcement when he declared after his Junior year? I hope I’m wrong and maybe it’s just a new era of player announcements when declaring. Would love ZN to be back for 1 more year. Best of luck if not.

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    Of the 3 Zags to declare, Norvell is the only one who has enrolled in summer and fall 2019 courses

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    Quote Originally Posted by exclusivelee View Post
    Of the 3 Zags to declare, Norvell is the only one who has enrolled in summer and fall 2019 courses
    Interesting. How do you know this? Is registering for classes a matter of public record?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Section 116 View Post
    From the link:

    "Zach has been an absolute joy to coach and a tremendous asset to this program," Gonzaga Head Coach Mark Few said. "As with all of our guys that go through this process, we will help provide accurate information to Zach from the correct people to assist him in making the best decision."
    Norvell has not yet determined his final status. As in years past, players can submit paperwork to receive evaluations from the NBA and participate – if invited – in the NBA Draft Combine. At this time, Norvell plans to utilize the current rules in place. He has until May 29 to make a final decision as to whether he wishes to remain in the draft or return for a redshirt junior season at GU.
    I always expected Norvell to come back and assume a new leadership role-- one that puts him in position to be the number one or two option on offense, and perhaps the primary ball-handler. I was looking forward to seeing him expand his playmaking role and create more for others; he has shown good feel at times for passing and creating for others off the dribble. He is more than just a shooting guard. His declaration for the draft is surprising, and I would think it was just an information-gathering thing to see what he needs to work on, a la JWIII, if not for the unknowns with this team moving into next year. He has seen so much success and may not want to endure a different kind of season where they will be breaking in a new front court and will be playing with an inexperienced point guard.

    My guess is that he comes back, but that might be more wishful thinking than anything...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JPtheBeasta View Post
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    I always expected Norvell to come back and assume a new leadership role-- one that puts him in position to be the number one or two option on offense, and perhaps the primary ball-handler. I was looking forward to seeing him expand his playmaking role and create more for others; he has shown good feel at times for passing and creating for others off the dribble. He is more than just a shooting guard. His declaration for the draft is surprising, and I would think it was just an information-gathering thing to see what he needs to work on, a la JWIII, if not for the unknowns with this team moving into next year. He has seen so much success and may not want to endure a different kind of season where they will be breaking in a new front court and will be playing with an inexperienced point guard.

    My guess is that he comes back, but that might be more wishful thinking than anything...
    That is my thoughts and hopes as well.

    Improve his handles and improve both shot selection and shooting. He potentially could move into the first round with one more year.
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    Definitely needs to work on his handles for the NBA.

    I don't begrudge a kid that can earn a couple of hundred grand a year for the next 5-10 years. I see that as the floor of his salary. It would certainly entice me to move on at that age. I have never made that much, so I am not in a position to compare.

    He hit some big time shots for GU. Hope he has a wonderful career as a pro. Hope he continues to be a great ambassador for GU.

    There is opportunity for others to show what they can do as a Zag.
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    If i am reading the tea leaves correctly, the responses from his GU teammates throughout social media sure indicate he is a goner.


    Many "go get that bag" comments or something along those lines don't seem to indicate that people who would know where Zack's mind is, of a kid returning.

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    A bit perplexing from my perspective, but I hope he finds success. I think him spending the summer to increase his ball handling and decision making would’ve allowed him to play at part time point for the team next season, which would make him more effective at the next level. Is it worth leaving if you are the 45th pick? Another year of development and he could’ve been in the 20-30 range. It’s a weaker draft.

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    If he does leave, then next year will be a "rebuild" versus are normal retool an existing team. The start of next year could be tough, but by year end they could be very solid. The experience of Kispert and Petrusev will be needed to hold them together in the beginning. Also you have to believe that Foster and Ayayi have gained experience this year that will help next year.

    First I am hoping that we gain a good grad transfer point guard to organize them. This will help the transition.

    The team would then look like:


    PG - Grad transfer, Ravet, Foster

    SG/SF - Kispert, Ayayi, Ariauskas, Watson

    PF - Timme, Watson,


    C - Petrusev, Bello, Zakharov,

    But they should be fun to watch them grow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagsfanforlife View Post
    If i am reading the tea leaves correctly, the responses from his GU teammates throughout social media sure indicate he is a goner.


    Many "go get that bag" comments or something along those lines don't seem to indicate that people who would know where Zack's mind is, of a kid returning.
    I hear ya and saw the same posts. But at the same time if it was your buddy what else do you say? “Go get that feedback”?

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    I remember JW3 doing this, getting the feedback, and coming back to make himself an NBA player. I am guessing that’s the play here.

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    Every day 2 or 3 players declare pushing ZN down the list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    Every day 2 or 3 players declare pushing ZN down the list.
    Yup
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    Quote Originally Posted by Corky View Post
    I remember JW3 doing this, getting the feedback, and coming back to make himself an NBA player. I am guessing that’s the play here.
    This exactly IMO.
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    They need to shorten the time between when you can declare to when you can withdrawal...not overly fair to teams who need to know if they need to replace you. For the most part it looks like any player who has received a peep of potential at the next level declares.

    ZN has mediocre handles at best and generally requires volume shots to get hot...I mean I get it, get paid and i don't begrudge someone for wanting that, this is more of a rant on the system in place where false hope has players making "hopeful" decisions as opposed to taking practical steps in a life growth process
    I am working on being a more all around square.

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