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Gray signs with pro team in Latvia

Former Gonzaga Bulldog guard Steven Gray has signed with BK Ventspils, a professional team in Latvia, according to a GU press release. More here.

Gray, Zags go out in style

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Back with the game story from Gonzaga's 96-49 rout of Cal State Bakersfield on Senior Night. An unedited version is below.

Check back tomorrow for a day-after post and the release of the All-WCC teams and awards.

GU tip coming up

Senior night at the Kennel and tip is in about five miniutes. Steven Gray is GU's lone senior and he'll have his dad with him during introductions. His mom and sister weren't able to make the drive because Snoqualmie Pass was closed.

Head to for in-game updates.

Gray in class by himself

Steven Gray came to Gonzaga with a highly regarded recruiting class that included Austin Daye, Robert Sacre and Ira Brown. Daye departed after two seasons for the NBA, Sacre redshirted because of a foot injury in 2009 and Brown finished up two years ago.

That leaves Gray as GU's only senior on Senior Night, which will take place Monday when Cal State Bakersfield visits the McCarthey Athletic Center.

I visited with Gray for a few minutes following Saturday's win in San Diego and put together this article that will run in Monday's S-R.

Harris, Gray trimmed from Wooden list

Gonzaga's Elias Harris and Steven Gray made the Wooden preseason Top 50 watch list, but they weren't on the mid-season Top 30 list, which was released today. Find the Top 30 here.

WSU's Klay Thompson made the Top 30, as did Washington's Isaiah Thomas.

Gray suited up

I counted 15 cars that had slid off the road on my drive in for tonight's game (a couple of those appeared to be helping out those who were way off the road). It usually takes 25-30 minutes; this trip took 50 minutes. Can't wait for that drive home!

Senior guard Steven Gray (back spasms) is suited up and he's expected to play. He'll probably see time in short spurts. He has been limited at practice and didn't do much during GU's walkthrough earlier today. He was riding the stationary bike to loosen up before joining the rest of his teammates for pre-game drills.

I'll be at for in-game updates.. Check back here for a quick post at the buzzer and then roughly two hours later for a full game story.

Gray not suited up

Gonzaga's Steven Gray isn't suited up while his teammates go through pre-game drills for tonight's showdown with Xavier at 8. Gray left Saturday's win over Baylor with back spasms and didn't practice Monday or Tuesday.

No starters listed on the scoreboard as of 7:15.

Gonzaga notebook

Media day today and I put together a notebook, with the first item an update on Steven Gray’s back, that will run in Tuesday’s S-R.

Gray was in good spirits after Monday’s practice (he was a spectator, not a participant), but he’s still dealing with a tender back. If I had to guess, I’d say he doesn’t play in Wednesday’s game against Xavier but he does have youthful healing powers that I didn’t have when I had back problems!

The best pain reliever for Gray was witnessing Gonzaga pull out a victory over Baylor on Saturday. “To have so many different guys step up and gut out a win was huge for this team,” Gray said.

More here.

Zags win easy, Gray says he’s fine

Back with my game story from Gonzaga’s easy win over Lewis-Clark State College. Talked with Steven Gray afterward and he said he basically stubbed his toe and he expects to play Saturday against Baylor.

He sounded and looked completely unconcerned.

Anyway, here’s the game story link. Here’s a link to S-R photo gallery. Check back in the morning for a day-after post.

Gonzaga notes

Media day this afternoon at the MAC and I put together a notebook that will run in Tuesday’s S-R.

The first topic is GU’s 4-3 start, the worse season-opening seven-game record in Mark Few’s 12 seasons. That’s followed by a note on Steven Gray being the focal point of opposing defenses and lastly Elias Harris says his Achilles tendon is feeling better, thanks in part to a couple of acupuncture sessions.

Here’s the link.

(Watching UW-Portland and the Pilots were making a spirited comeback, but the Huskies are back up by 14.)

Zags overwhelm Jags, 117-72

Back with my game story from Gonzaga’s 117-72 rout over Southern tonight.

Check back tomorrow morning for a day-after post.

(FYI: Gonzaga doesn’t allow in-game blogging during home games, so go to my twitter account — — for in-game updates).

Gray, Olynyk finish acting gig

Back with some notes from Gonzaga’s media day on Monday. We touch on Steven Gray and Kelly Olynyk finishing up their parts in “Romeo and Juliet,” as well as several other items.

Read on.

Krazy start for GU basketball

Gonzaga officially launched the 2010-11 season with Kraziness in the Kennel on Friday. Click here to read my article that will run in Saturday’s S-R.

Gray, Harris make Wooden Award list

Gonzaga’s Steven Gray and Elias Harris (pictured above) are on the John R. Wooden Award preseason top 50 watch list, which was released Monday.

Gray, a senior guard, averaged 13.6 points per game game last season. Harris, a sophomore forward, averaged 14.9 points. The two Zags are the only WCC players on the list. Washington State’s Klay Thompson is one of six Pac-10 players on the top 50 list. 

More here, and more below.

(FYI: Like several S-R sports staffers, I’m now on Twitter. You can find GU updates, including this one, Spokane Shock news, etc., at

Pains of the game

Good early evening. A couple of things to post. Here’s your first look at a notebook that will run in Wednesday’s S-R dealing with several key Zags who have played through nagging ailments this season. Nobody is immune to the aches and pains that come with playing heavy minutes, but players adapt and learn how to not only play, but play effectively.That’s below.

The worst kept secret in Eugene became official: Oregon fired coach Ernie Kent on Tuesday. There will almost certainly be speculation about Gonzaga’s Mark Few, an Oregon alum. The Ducks figure to have a lot to offer — a respected conference, money and a new arena — but I’m not convinced Few would leave to take over a program that finished ninth in the Pac-10.

Oregon made overtures to Few last year, but he seems quite content at GU.

UPDATE: Here’s another edition of the Gonzaga Roundtable on KGA 1510 with host Toby Howell. I joined Richard Fox and Max from Tuesday for the 40-minute show on GU basketball.

Read on.

Zags day-after notebook

OK, a minor change of plans. The boss wanted a notebook in the aftermath of Gonzaga’s entertaining 89-82 win over Saint Mary’s on Thursday and we chose to tip it off with Elias Harris. So that’s what you’ll find below, in unedited form.

Gray, GU roundup

Gonzaga junior guard Steven Gray (pictured vs. North Carolina) has branched out into a different arena. More here.

—It’s the first day of the early signing period, but it’s quiet at Gonzaga. The Bulldogs figure to sign three players in the next two years and might keep a couple of those for the 2011 class, which appears to be strong for recruiting in the northwest. Gonzaga is in a position to be choosy, and patient.

—Tayshaun Prince’s injury has opened up more playing time for ex-Zag Austin Daye with the Detroit Pistons.

—Was going to link to a GU release about a limited number of tickets being available to Bulldog Club members for Saturday’s opener, but the game is now a sellout. The remaining tickets were purchased Wednesday morning.


Shock sign DB Gray

Spokane has signed another defensive back, former Lubbock standout Virgil Gray. More here

Zags try to get back on track

An interesting day on the roads. It took about 55 minutes (normal trip 25-30) to get to Gonzaga for media day because traffic was backed up on I-90 from a vehicle spin-out near Barker Road. Later, I was stuck, briefly, in a carefully selected parking spot at NIC and, to cap off the evening, a good Samaritan with 4-wheel drive helped pull my wife’s van out of a snowbank midway up an icy hill. That was interesting.

GU coach Mark Few mentioned that he and several neighbors spent part of Saturday helping a neighbor whose barn had collapsed under the weight of the snow.

Enough of the weather. An unedited Zag notebook below. Also, Tennessee’s Wayne Chism was hurt in the Vols’ win Monday night. GU visits the Vols on Jan. 7th.

Gray’s 13 keep GU on Huskies’ heels

Connecticut raced out to leads of 13-2, 24-13 and 33-23 before Gonzaga roared back to move in front, 37-36, late in the first half. A.J. Price’s two free throws with 4.1 seconds left that gave UConn a 38-37 edge at halftime in the Battle in Seattle.

Steven Gray came off the bench to score 13 points on 6-of-8 shooting (he had 15 on the stat monitor when I began writing this, but it’s been changed). He was also GU’s top rebounder with four, but the second-ranked Huskies had the upperhand on that statistic 18-14. Jeremy Pargo added 10 points. Micah Downs, Josh Heytvelt and Austin Daye each had two fouls.

UConn center Hasheem Thabeet (6 points, 1 rebound) also sat with two fouls. Reserve post Gavin Edwards gave the Huskies a boost with six points and six rebounds. Price topped Connecticut with eight points and five of his teammates had at least four points.


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