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Wed., Nov. 13, 2013, 8:30 p.m.

Three guards sign with GU

I've had articles about each of these three when they verbally committed to Gonzaga. On Wednesday, Josh Perkins, Silas Melson and Bryan Alberts made it official, signing their letters-of-intent. The last letter was received by Gonzaga earlier this evening.

I put together a short article that will run in Thursday's S-R. The unedited version is below.

Here is GU's release on the trio.

By Jim Meehan

Staff writer

Gonzaga’s three-guard 2014 recruiting class made it official by signing letters-of-intent Wednesday, the first day of the early signing period.

Josh Perkins, a 6-foot-3 guard at Huntington (W.V.) Prep, headlines GU’s class, which includes Portland guard Silas Melson and southern California guard Bryan Alberts. Gonzaga’s class was ranked 37th by ESPN.com Wednesday morning and 38th by mid afternoon.

Perkins, a Denver native, is a rated as a four-star recruit, 38th overall and the seventh best point guard by ESPN.com.

“Josh has a ton of potential at the point guard spot in that he can already shoot, he’s an excellent passer, is athletic enough and strong enough to get into the lane and make plays and finish at the rim,” coach Mark Few said. “He’s a guy we have some high expectations for and somebody that should be ready to play next year.”

The 6-2 Melson checks in at 169th overall on 247sports.com and the 56th best shooting guard by ESPN.com. He’s listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, 247.sports and scout.com.

“Silas is a guy who will remind people of Gary Bell Jr. a lot,” Few said. “He can really shoot, he’s already an excellent on-ball defender and he’s only 17.”

Alberts, a 6-5 guard from Village Christian High in the San Fernando Valley, is rated as the 50th best point guard by ESPN.com, though he’ll likely play wing at GU.

“Bryan is a bigger guard, kind of what we’ve had in the past with Steven Gray and Matt Bouldin, that body type,” Few said. “He’s somebody who can shoot, drive and pass.”

The Bulldogs have a 2015 verbal commitment from Jesse Wade, a 6-foot guard from Kaysville, Utah, who is planning on serving a two-year LDS Mission before joining the program.

 

 




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Jim Meehan
Jim Meehan joined The Spokesman-Review in 1990. Jim is currently a reporter for the Sports Desk and covers Gonzaga University basketball, Spokane Empire football, college volleyball and golf.

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