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Sacre signs with Lakers

Former Zag center Robert Sacre has signed a contract with the Los Angeles Lakers. Terms weren't released. Sacre was drafted by L.A. with the last pick of the second round.

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Lakers take Sacre with last pick of draft

Former Gonzaga center Robert Sacre was taken by the Los Angeles Lakers with the final pick (60th overall) of the two-round NBA draft on Thursday night.

I had a few minutes on the phone with Sacre, who watched the draft at his home away from home in Ville Platte, La., where he spent a lot of time as a youngster visiting relatives during summer months. Sacre had to leave the noisy room so he could hear questions on his cell phone.

Sacre was completely surprised when the Lakers' selection was announced. He thrilled to be going to a franchise on the West Coast and he's quite familiar with Los Angeles from GU's annual visits to play LMU and Pepperdine.

“The great thing about it being the Lakers,” Sacre said, “is I get to watch my Zags play twice.”

Here's my short article that will run in Friday's S-R, a GU release and an L.A. Times article.

Sacre scores 8 points in all-star game

Gonzaga senior center Robert Sacre scored eight points for the West in the Division I College All-Star game Friday in New Orleans. The East won,103-99. The game is part of Final Four festivities. Sacre started and played 20 minutes. He hit 3 of 6 shots and 2 of 2 free throws. More below.

Sacre selected for Final Four all-star game

Gonzaga center Robert Sacre has been selected to play in the Reese's Division I College All-Star game as part of the Final Four festivities this weekend.

The all-star game, featuring 20 seniors divided onto West and East team rosters, will be played Friday at the Superdome in New Orleans. The NCAA tournament semifinals (Kansas-Ohio State and Louisville-Kentucky) are Saturday with the title game Monday.

The all-star game will be broadcast Saturday at 10 a.m. on TruTV.

Rosters below.

From Sacre to Stanley: GU reading material

Good evening from warm Pittsburgh (temps in the 70s last couple days). I just sent the last of three stories for Thursday's S-R.

Here's the rundown. My game preview can be found here. John Blanchette checked in with Gonzaga's Robert Sacre, who has already made the Final Four in one sense, and a Bob Huggins' column that hasn't been posted yet. We'll link to it when it appears on the Website. Below, you can find my sidebar on pro golfer Kyle Stanley, who is planning on attending Thursday's game.

UPDATE: Here's Chris Anderson's photos and Blanchette's column.

I arrived in Pittsburgh and at Consol Energy Center just in time to see Southern Miss finish practice. The Golden Eagles' staff of Larry Eustachy, Leonard Perry and Steve Barnes all have ties to the University of Idaho. I covered Eustachy's UI teams in the early 1990s and Perry's Vandal teams in the early 2000s. I put together an article after a brief visit with the candid Eustachy. 

Read on for more.

Sacre, Carter await Senior Night

The final home game for Gonzaga seniors Robert Sacre and Marquise Carter arrives Monday night when Longwood visits the MAC. The Lancers are a Division I independent from Farmville, Va. joining the Big South Conference next year.

I chatted with both seniors and coach Mark Few after the USD game Saturday and put together this article for Monday's S-R.

In case you missed it earlier, here's my day-after San Diego post.

Sacre: Big man on campus

Good morning. As previously mentioned, GU senior center Robert Sacre was the coverboy for the S-R college basketball section. Here's my article on one of the most interesting characters to come through the program during its rise to national prominence. (Since his mother, Leslie, called him Robert throughout an interview, I'm going to try to write Robert in the S-R all season instead of Rob!).

There's more below, with a list of Sacre's favorites, a look at the schedule and at GU's difference maker (Elias Harris). Sacre's hometown paper in Vancouver also had an article on the 7-foot center and there are previews of Saint Mary's here and here.

We also had a Gonzaga preview with its season opener approaching Friday night vs. Eastern Washington.

UPDATE: Here's a link to the entire college basketball section (tons of info on all the area schools):

Gonzaga big man making big strides

Now in his junior season, Gonzaga center Robert Sacre has emerged as an important scoring option and a team leader. I put together a feature article on Sacre, who has been GU's most consistent player this season, that will run in tomorrow's S-R.

Here's a link.

Below, find a quick look at GU's opponents this week and a pronunciation guide for the Zags' two Mathis's.

Zags await Lions

Back with a preview of Saturday's Gonzaga-Loyola Marymount game. Here's the link..

Quick note on Robert Sacre's perfect shooting night (8 of 8 FG, 8 of 8 FT) against Pepperdine on Thursday. Find out where that ranks in the last 10 years of college basketball here.

Jags, Zags open regular season

Gonzaga opens the men’s basketball regular season against Southern on Friday night at the McCarthey Athletic Center – or, as Bulldogs center Robert Sacre says, “it’s the Jags vs. the Zags.”


Sacre is quite familiar with the Southern Jaguars. His father, Greg LaFleur, has been Southern’s athletic director since 2005. LaFleur played tight end in the NFL from 1981-86.


“My dad and my mom will be attending the game,” Sacre said. “It’ll be fun. I’m just happy to be playing our first game more than it being Southern.”


Southern (5-25 overall) placed ninth in the 10-team Southwestern Athletic Conference with a 3-15 record last season. The Jaguars, who visit Washington State on Saturday, were picked to finish ninth in the SWAC preseason coaches poll.

GU notes

I was at GU’s media day today, but the full-fledged notebook won’t run until Wednesday, when the Bulldogs entertain Augustana.

In the meantime, read on for a couple of items.

Sacre, Olynyk with Canadian national teams

Gonzaga’s Robert Sacre and incoming recruit Kelly Olynyk are playing summer basketball on Canadian national teams. More on Sacre and the senior national team here and more on Olynyk, MVP of a tournament in France, and the U19 team here

Incoming recruit Manny Arop is on the U19 squad, but was unable to play because of an ankle injury.


Sacre opts to redshirt

Gonzaga reserve center Robert Sacre, who has been sidelined for more than two months after re-injuring his foot, has decided not to try to return to the court this season. He’s eligible for a medical redshirt, so he’ll be a sophomore for the 2009-2010 season.

If Sacre had played in any of GU’s remaining games, he would have lost the opportunity for a medical redshirt.

“I feel it’s the best thing,” said Sacre, a 7-footer who played in five games in November and early December. “I feel good and I want to take the risk and do it, but the best thing for me right now is to redshirt.”

More later.

Decision time coming for Sacre

Media day today and we checked on Gonzaga’s walking wounded. The first item in the unedited notebook below is on Robert Sacre, who faces a tough decision in the near future. He’s elgible for a medical redshirt, but loses that if he plays in any of GU’s remaining games. (Sacre is pictured above in the GU-WSU game in December).

Also below, there are updates on Austin Daye and Ira Brown. Not mentioned below is the fact that Demetri Goodson, who was battling the flu during Saturday’s game against Pepperdine, was still feeling under the weather, but he practiced Monday and showed no signs of fatigue as he pursued every loose ball.

Read on.  

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