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Gerard Coleman, a Providence transfer who played last season at Gonzaga, is transferring elsewhere for his senior season, Bulldogs coach Mark Few said. Click here for our story.
Manny Arop, a valuable reserve as a freshman whose playing time dwindled over the second half of his sophomore season, has been granted his release from Gonzaga and he's expected to continue his career at another school.
Under NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-6 wing (No. 10 pictured above) would have to sit out one season if he transfers to another Division I school.
“Manny is an awesome individual, a great teammate, a great guy who just wants the opportunity to go play more somewhere else,” head coach Mark Few said in a Gonzaga release. “He’s been great around our team, our staff and my kids, but he thinks there might be opportunities to play more at another place. He’s going to explore those opportunities. We wish him the best.”
It's hardly a surprising development since Arop didn't play in six of Gonzaga's last 10 games. His only appearance in the last four games (two WCC Tournament games and two NCAA Tournament games) was for 1 minute late in the season-ending loss to BYU.
More on Arop below (and I'll update later if I make connections with Arop).
—Also, I spoke with Gonzaga assistant coach Donny Daniels, who said he's had no contact with anybody at UC Davis (A.D., staff, intermediaries) regarding that school's head coaching position. Frank Burlison of the Long Beach Press-Telegram tweeted recently that Daniels had interviewed for the job, along with Greg Graham, Jim Les, Jay John and Bob Cantu. Not true, according to Daniels.