Drew Barham, a 6-foot-7, 197-pound wing who played two years at Memphis, said Friday he will transfer to Gonzaga. He visited GU earlier this week and was also drawing interest from Saint Mary’s and Baylor.
“It’s just a great program and I felt I fit in well with the guys and the coaches,” Barham said. “I think I can help them out and they can help me out.”
Barham, who carries a 3.9 GPA, will graduate in about a week and would be eligible immediately, pending approval of an NCAA waiver, if he enrolls in a graduate program at Gonzaga that’s not offered at Memphis. He would have two years of eligibility remaining.
The Memphis native saw limited time as a Tiger. He redshirted last season. He started 10 games as a sophomore, including a 62-58 win over Gonzaga at the Arena, and averaged two points and 1.5 rebounds. He averaged just 4.8 minutes as a freshman.
Barham is regarded as a quality perimeter shooter, though he’s struggled in games (21 of 76 on 3-point attempts). He just finished playing for Athletes in Action on a European tour where his team thumped a Polish squad featuring future Zag Przemek Karnowski.
“Shooting is my strength,” he said. “I love to move without the ball and come off screens. I really worked on my midrange game and got a ton better. The system Gonzaga runs is pretty much the way I like to play.”