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Poling chooses Seattle Pacific

Gonzaga's Andy Poling slaps away the shot of IPFW's Jeremy Mixon in the second half at McCarthy Athletic Center Friday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)
Gonzaga's Andy Poling slaps away the shot of IPFW's Jeremy Mixon in the second half at McCarthy Athletic Center Friday. (Colin Mulvany / The Spokesman-Review)

Former Gonzaga forward Andy Poling has decided to transfer to Seattle Pacific University.

“I just think it should be a really good fit,” Poling said in a telephone interview from his home in Portland. “I really liked the coaching staff, they’re all really good guys and the team is really competitive, top 15 (in NCAA Division II) right now. I lived in Seattle until I was 9 or 10. It’s a great city and it’s a little closer to home. My family can come watch me and it’s a smaller school, and I really liked that about Gonzaga.”

Poling (No. 14 above) said he’ll enroll for spring quarter in March and he’ll have three seasons of eligibility.

The 6-foot-11 Poling played just 23 minutes in six appearances as a redshirt freshman this season before opting to transfer earlier this month. He also considered Portland State, Fresno State, Portland and Nevada before choosing SPU, which is coached by Central Valley High graduate Ryan Looney.




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