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Few not seeing more fouls called

It's been one of the hot-button topics of the young college basketball season — how games are being officiated with the mandate to clean up hand-checking, arm bars, etc., to encourage more freedom of movement at the offensive end.

In Gonzaga's three games, coach Mark Few hasn't seen much of a change in overall foul totals from previous seasons, but he is puzzled by the number of whistles on center Przemek Karnowski. That's the main topic in my GU notebook that will run in Wednesday's S-R.

You can find the unedited article below.

Bulldogs open against Bryant University

Short preview of Gonzaga's opener that will run in Saturday's S-R….

The 15th-ranked Gonzaga Bulldogs entertain Bryant University in the men’s basketball season opener for both teams Saturday at 4 at the McCarthey Athletic Center.

Gonzaga will be without freshman center Ryan Edwards, who had his tonsils removed earlier this week, for the first two games. Senior forward Drew Barham, who tweaked his knee in practice last week, has returned to practice.

Bryant, a member of the Northeast Conference, went from two wins in 2012 to 19 last season in its first full season with Division I eligibility. Bryant advanced to the College Basketball Invitational, losing its opening game to Richmond.

The visitors from Smithfield, Rhode Island, return junior guard Dyami Starks (17.7 ppg last year) and 6-foot-6 senior forward Alex Francis (17.4 ppg, 8.6 rebounds). Both made the All-NEC preseason team.

—Jim Meehan


Busy day/night on GU beat

I put together a short feature earlier on Gonzaga freshman center Ryan Edwards, who is making the adjustment from high school to NCAA basketball.

You can my article, which will run in Tuesday's S-R, here.

I spent most of the evening gathering information on 2014 guard Bryan Alberts, who committed to the Bulldogs today. I spoke with Bryan and his father Rob for a few minutes. My article will run in Tuesday's S-R, but you can read an unedited version below.

A few tidbits on Alberts: He said he's a 3.4-3.5 student. He received widespread recruiting interest, including Boston College, Wisconsin (which was calling Rob on the other line during our conversation!), Oregon State, Creighton and Arizona State, but his finalists were Gonzaga and Stanford.

Alberts is anxious for the beginning of his senior season at Village Christian, a private school in the San Fernando Valley.

“I’m always still hungry to play,” he said. “I’m very still hungry to improve myself.”

Edwards catches on with Shock

Nicholas Edwards is the newest member of the Spokane Shock but he's already well known inside the organization.

Edwards, who was a standout receiver at Eastern Washington, officially signed with Spokane earlier this week. He was a Shock intern last summer.

It'll be interesting to see where the 6-foot-3 Edwards fits within a talented group of receivers. The guess is he'll find his way on the field, perhaps if/when the Shock clinch a playoff spot to see if he can have an impact come playoff time.

Here's my article on Edwards and other Shock notes.

Edwards commits to Gonzaga

Ryan Edwards, a 7-foot center from Glacier High in Kalispell, Mont., has orally committed to Gonzaga. He joins Bellarmine Prep forward Lucas Meikle in GU's 2013 class.

Here's my short article on Edwards' commitment that will run in Tuesday's S-R.

—A couple other things that I've learned after talking to Edwards and a couple others familiar with his game. Edwards is a capable scorer with his right and left hand and he has great hands, always a key for interior players. He played tennis at Glacier as a junior last year, but doesn't plan on playing as a senior.

At 300 pounds, Edwards and others said that he needs to work on his conditioning. Edwards said he's already making progress in that area this summer. He is playing summer basketball with his Glacier High teammates and not on a traveling AAU program. 

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