Back with some notes that I promised in a Wednesday evening post. I'm going to break 'em up. Below is an unedited version of GU-related notes that will appear in Friday's S-R. Topics include the non-conference showing, the rotation and Josh Heytvelt's visit.
I'll be back later with more on the WCC.
By Jim Meehan
They used words like ecstatic and phenomenal.
The grade is incomplete because two games remain (
“I think there were a few games we thought we should have won or could have won,” senior guard Matt Bouldin said. “But if you had told me our record was going to be (11-3) and we’d be ranked where we are (19th) in the preseason, I would have been ecstatic.”
Gonzaga defeated 10 Division I opponents with a combined record of 84-63 (13 of those losses belong to
“In lieu of our youth and inexperience and the schedule we played, our guys did a phenomenal job,” head coach Mark Few said. “That’s probably one of the toughest schedules we’ve ever had and to go into it with probably the youngest team we’ve ever had and come out 11-3, these guys deserve a lot of credit.”
Gonzaga was 10-5 in the non conference last season (not counting NCAA Tournament games).
Few said he hasn’t necessarily pared down the rotation. In Gonzaga’s last two games, freshman guard Grant Gibbs didn’t play and backup point guard G.J. Vilarino played two minutes late against
“I think it’s just game to game,” Few said. “It’s the match-ups, it’s the style (of play). That (
Bol Kong, who can play the ‘3’ or ‘4’, has seen increased minutes in Gonzaga’s last seven games and has scored between 4-14 points in all but the Illinois contest. Manny Arop’s string of double-figure minutes ended Saturday at six. Kelly Olynyk is averaging 14 minutes a game.
Ex-Zag Josh Heytvelt dropped by Wednesday’s practice. He’s playing for Oyak Renault in the Turkish Basketball League, but returned home during a two-week break.
“It was rough at first, being out of the country by myself,” said Heytvelt, whose older sister has joined him in
Heytvelt and Wink Adams (UNLV) are the two Americans on a roster that includes one Canadian. Heytvelt is averaging 17 points and 8.6 rebounds. He described the style of play as slower than what he’s used to with more emphasis on half-court offense.
Asked how his current team would do against his Gonzaga teams, Heytvelt said, “I honestly think Gonzaga would whoop us.”
Heytvelt hopes to get another shot in the NBA, but he’s content playing overseas.
“Your career is only so long and I understand that now,” he said. “I told my agent wherever the money is is where I want to play.”
Former Bulldog Andy Poling told the Oregonian newspaper that he is considering transferring to