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    Quote Originally Posted by cggonzaga View Post
    I’m thinking the main competition is Kentucky and Duke at this point.
    Kentucky and Tennessee

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldwellzag View Post
    Kentucky and Tennessee
    How would you rank the 3 in terms of most likely? I know it’s early but just wondering where things stand. Kentucky seems like the outlier out of those 3 as very different from Few and Barnes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy outgo lifer View Post
    How would you rank the 3 in terms of most likely? I know it’s early but just wondering where things stand. Kentucky seems like the outlier out of those 3 as very different from Few and Barnes.
    Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky, Duke, Washington in that order

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldwellzag View Post
    Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky, Duke, Washington in that order
    Thanks Caldy. Where is he at in the process? Will he make a decision after AAU this summer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldwellzag View Post
    Kentucky and Tennessee
    Interesting!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Murphy outgo lifer View Post
    Thanks Caldy. Where is he at in the process? Will he make a decision after AAU this summer?
    Still early, I think next fall most likely, but maybe after AAU more will come out.

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    Is he mulling a gap year in Australia?

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzdelmar View Post
    Is he mulling a gap year in Australia?
    It's never too late. We should all do a gap year in Australia. Or maybe someplace less on fire.

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    I had the pleasure of watching Mr Banchero in person yesterday evening.

    O’Dea @ Blanchet

    First time seeing him in person and I was very impressed.

    Blanchet jumped on ODea and went up 14-6 in the 1st Qtr. They played a scrambling 2-3 zone that collapsed on him every time he touched the ball. The ODea game plan was very clearly for him to move the ball as quickly as possible and hit guys for open looks. He executed his part perfectly, his teammates just missed open looks.
    I was impressed by his patience and understanding of the game. He could have become impatient and started forcing it, but he didn’t. Also he looked extremely positive with his teammates.
    With his team down, to an inferior team, on the road, in a rivalry game, with news cameras recording and the crowd chanting overrated, he was extremely poised. Body language was excellent, he could have been frustrated with his teammates, but he wasn’t. Looked exactly how you would want a player to look in that situation.

    Blanchet didn’t have any size, so he had to guard a shorter kid. He understood proper positioning, no wild overplays for highlight dunks or crazy block attempts from across the gym. He moves his feet extremely well for a 6-10 235 16 year old.

    2nd Quarter O’Dea started to get him the ball more. Got fouled quite a bit. Shot free throws well.
    They went up by a few.

    2nd half O’Dea opened it up.

    He had a couple open court plays that were electric. One he took the full length of the court off a rebound and missed the dunk, that would have been a highlight. It was on basically the entire Blanchet team.

    Overall I was extremely impressed by all of his Basketball skills. But I was more impressed with his intangibles, the kinds of things you can’t see watching highlights or games on tv. He listened to his coaches, he looked like a great teammate, he was respectful to his opponents and the refs. Basically everything we would want.

    He’d be a great fit, I hope he decides to be a Zag!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamwiseTheZag View Post
    I had the pleasure of watching Mr Banchero in person yesterday evening.

    O’Dea @ Blanchet

    First time seeing him in person and I was very impressed.

    Blanchet jumped on ODea and went up 14-6 in the 1st Qtr. They played a scrambling 2-3 zone that collapsed on him every time he touched the ball. The ODea game plan was very clearly for him to move the ball as quickly as possible and hit guys for open looks. He executed his part perfectly, his teammates just missed open looks.
    I was impressed by his patience and understanding of the game. He could have become impatient and started forcing it, but he didn’t. Also he looked extremely positive with his teammates.
    With his team down, to an inferior team, on the road, in a rivalry game, with news cameras recording and the crowd chanting overrated, he was extremely poised. Body language was excellent, he could have been frustrated with his teammates, but he wasn’t. Looked exactly how you would want a player to look in that situation.

    Blanchet didn’t have any size, so he had to guard a shorter kid. He understood proper positioning, no wild overplays for highlight dunks or crazy block attempts from across the gym. He moves his feet extremely well for a 6-10 235 16 year old.

    2nd Quarter O’Dea started to get him the ball more. Got fouled quite a bit. Shot free throws well.
    They went up by a few.

    2nd half O’Dea opened it up.

    He had a couple open court plays that were electric. One he took the full length of the court off a rebound and missed the dunk, that would have been a highlight. It was on basically the entire Blanchet team.

    Overall I was extremely impressed by all of his Basketball skills. But I was more impressed with his intangibles, the kinds of things you can’t see watching highlights or games on tv. He listened to his coaches, he looked like a great teammate, he was respectful to his opponents and the refs. Basically everything we would want.

    He’d be a great fit, I hope he decides to be a Zag!
    Thanks for the summary! Even with Suggs committing, Amazing to me that this level of recruit is interested in GU

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamwiseTheZag View Post
    I had the pleasure of watching Mr Banchero in person yesterday evening.

    O’Dea @ Blanchet

    First time seeing him in person and I was very impressed.

    Blanchet jumped on ODea and went up 14-6 in the 1st Qtr. They played a scrambling 2-3 zone that collapsed on him every time he touched the ball. The ODea game plan was very clearly for him to move the ball as quickly as possible and hit guys for open looks. He executed his part perfectly, his teammates just missed open looks.
    I was impressed by his patience and understanding of the game. He could have become impatient and started forcing it, but he didn’t. Also he looked extremely positive with his teammates.
    With his team down, to an inferior team, on the road, in a rivalry game, with news cameras recording and the crowd chanting overrated, he was extremely poised. Body language was excellent, he could have been frustrated with his teammates, but he wasn’t. Looked exactly how you would want a player to look in that situation.

    Blanchet didn’t have any size, so he had to guard a shorter kid. He understood proper positioning, no wild overplays for highlight dunks or crazy block attempts from across the gym. He moves his feet extremely well for a 6-10 235 16 year old.

    2nd Quarter O’Dea started to get him the ball more. Got fouled quite a bit. Shot free throws well.
    They went up by a few.

    2nd half O’Dea opened it up.

    He had a couple open court plays that were electric. One he took the full length of the court off a rebound and missed the dunk, that would have been a highlight. It was on basically the entire Blanchet team.

    Overall I was extremely impressed by all of his Basketball skills. But I was more impressed with his intangibles, the kinds of things you can’t see watching highlights or games on tv. He listened to his coaches, he looked like a great teammate, he was respectful to his opponents and the refs. Basically everything we would want.

    He’d be a great fit, I hope he decides to be a Zag!
    Thanks for the summary! Even with Suggs committing, Amazing to me that this level of recruit is interested in GU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SamwiseTheZag View Post
    I had the pleasure of watching Mr Banchero in person yesterday evening.

    O’Dea @ Blanchet

    First time seeing him in person and I was very impressed.

    Blanchet jumped on ODea and went up 14-6 in the 1st Qtr. They played a scrambling 2-3 zone that collapsed on him every time he touched the ball. The ODea game plan was very clearly for him to move the ball as quickly as possible and hit guys for open looks. He executed his part perfectly, his teammates just missed open looks.
    I was impressed by his patience and understanding of the game. He could have become impatient and started forcing it, but he didn’t. Also he looked extremely positive with his teammates.
    With his team down, to an inferior team, on the road, in a rivalry game, with news cameras recording and the crowd chanting overrated, he was extremely poised. Body language was excellent, he could have been frustrated with his teammates, but he wasn’t. Looked exactly how you would want a player to look in that situation.

    Blanchet didn’t have any size, so he had to guard a shorter kid. He understood proper positioning, no wild overplays for highlight dunks or crazy block attempts from across the gym. He moves his feet extremely well for a 6-10 235 16 year old.

    2nd Quarter O’Dea started to get him the ball more. Got fouled quite a bit. Shot free throws well.
    They went up by a few.

    2nd half O’Dea opened it up.

    He had a couple open court plays that were electric. One he took the full length of the court off a rebound and missed the dunk, that would have been a highlight. It was on basically the entire Blanchet team.

    Overall I was extremely impressed by all of his Basketball skills. But I was more impressed with his intangibles, the kinds of things you can’t see watching highlights or games on tv. He listened to his coaches, he looked like a great teammate, he was respectful to his opponents and the refs. Basically everything we would want.

    He’d be a great fit, I hope he decides to be a Zag!
    This is only your 77th post? Yikes! Excellent writing and clear reasoning with ample factual support. Please post more often!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SLOZag View Post
    This is only your 77th post? Yikes! Excellent writing and clear reasoning with ample factual support. Please post more often!
    Clearly too intelligent to be hanging out with the likes of us...
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    Quote Originally Posted by caldwellzag View Post
    Gonzaga, Tennessee, Kentucky, Duke, Washington in that order
    I was wondering if his mom had gone to Tenn, but both parents went to UW.

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    The Tricky Trio ties to Paolo Banchero are really big. Bigger than I thought....

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagaZags View Post
    The Tricky Trio ties to Paolo Banchero are really big. Bigger than I thought....
    Yes? Please go on....




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    I love that our recruits are as talented and heralded as they are but all of them seem to be such good dudes of good character too. Just fun to see

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kiddwell View Post
    Yes? Please go on....




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    I'm not saying Paolo Banchero is a slam dunk but he does have some good friends/recruiters joining GU. Dominick Harris has a vision for the future of Gonzaga Basketball. This is from someone very close to Dom.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagaZags View Post
    I'm not saying Paolo Banchero is a slam dunk but he does have some good friends/recruiters joining GU. Dominick Harris has a vision for the future of Gonzaga Basketball. This is from someone very close to Dom.
    While there many impressive things about Dominick Harris, this is the one that's stood out to me. He clearly has a vision for what he wants, and he's developed a plan for how to make that vision a reality, and it's included specifically targeting other young men to join him. The kind of maturity and vision required to do this is really a remarkable thing to see coming from a young man of his age. I can't wait to see what he's able to accomplish here on campus.
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    For what it's worth (might not be much, who knows)

    Corey Evans at Rivals on Paolo: "...while Gonzaga still has a shot, they remain in catch-up mode... my gut says it comes down to Duke, Kentucky, and Tennessee." He thinks Kentucky might be the slight leader and comes back to the possibility of playing with Kennedy Chandler.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zagfan08 View Post
    For what it's worth (might not be much, who knows)

    Corey Evans at Rivals on Paolo: "...while Gonzaga still has a shot, they remain in catch-up mode... my gut says it comes down to Duke, Kentucky, and Tennessee." He thinks Kentucky might be the slight leader and comes back to the possibility of playing with Kennedy Chandler.
    Corey does a good job on recruits, but with Paolo everything I have heard from the national guys seems a little off. I don't think Paolo will end up at Duke unless Kennedy Chandler does, I do think that Kentucky is in the hunt, but not in the lead. Tennessee is the one that scares me out of those three, from all the noise I have been hearing is it will come down to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Gonzaga.

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    Quote Originally Posted by caldwellzag View Post
    Corey does a good job on recruits, but with Paolo everything I have heard from the national guys seems a little off. I don't think Paolo will end up at Duke unless Kennedy Chandler does, I do think that Kentucky is in the hunt, but not in the lead. Tennessee is the one that scares me out of those three, from all the noise I have been hearing is it will come down to Kentucky, Tennessee, and Gonzaga.
    As an O'Dea Alum, my contacts from the school believe Tennessee is the strongest contender to GU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagPiper View Post
    As an O'Dea Alum, my contacts from the school believe Tennessee is the strongest contender to GU.
    If true, I think that's further evidence that Paolo is atypical and looking at his college year in a different way than a typical top5 kid. Even if it's now among TN, GU, and UK, that's an unusual mix.

    No hometown favorite P5 school (UW), not just traditional bluebloods, no party schools with rumors of paying off players (AZ, LSU).

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZagPiper View Post
    As an O'Dea Alum, my contacts from the school believe Tennessee is the strongest contender to GU.
    What is it about Tennessee? Other than being in the SEC, what do they have that separates them from others?

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