Gonzaga officially opens practice next week and the Bulldogs will hold their annual Kraziness in the Kennel on Saturday, Oct. 24. More on the festivities here.
A few quick notes below.
The Zags have been going through individual drills and the limited hours of team workouts permitted by the NCAA. There’s already a short injury list: Freshman wing Manny Arop has been slowed by tendonitis in his knee, hip flexor issues and now his foot is in a boot because of a ‘hot spot’ (that seems to happen to at least one Zag every fall). Arop played a lot of basketball over the summer for Canada and possibly his body is feeling the effects. Hard-luck guard Grant Gibbs has been limited by back problems. The redshirt freshman was a spectator last season because of a shoulder injury.
Newcomers Elias Harris, a tough, sturdy 6-7 forward, and Sam Dower, a 6-9 lefty with a nice scoring touch, have been impressive. I remember asking Kelly Olynyk how tall he was when he committed to GU. He told me, ‘6-10.’ Now, he’s 6-11. Bol Kong went through a bout of sickness, but he’s impressed coaches with his maturity and well-rounded game. Rob Sacre played some with the Canadian team, but then throttled back to make sure his foot would be ready for the season. He’s been able to go through drills without any issues.