Gonzaga coach Mark Few remembers the way it used to be constructing a roster every year. It wasn’t that long ago that a whiteboard on the office wall featured the names of current players and their year in school. Another column contained a list of Gonzaga’s recruiting targets.
Fans, coaches, and Anton Watson himself should be clear about one thing as this season unfolds: Watson does not have to be the next Drew Timme for the Zags to succeed, he just needs to be the best possible Anton Watson.
It’s Thursday morning, a mere 22 days before the start of a new college basketball season in Spokane, and three Gonzaga players arrive on the upper concourse of McCarthey Athletic Center for a prescheduled photoshoot.
Time marches on and ardent GU fans may be wondering: What happens next with Timme embarking on a pro career? Does Gonzaga’s traditionally prolific offense – No. 1 in scoring average each of the last five seasons – take a step back? Who fills the scoring void left by Timme? Who gets the ball when Gonzaga absolutely, positively needs a bucket? Fair questions all, but the Zags certainly have scoring options, several of them proven, even if they were wearing different uniforms at the time.
Look close enough and on Washington State’s men’s hoops team, there remain some similarities from a year ago. The Cougars return one starter, one key reserve. Their head coach is the same. They have a few of the same bench pieces.
LAS VEGAS – During a lunch break at the Pac-12 women’s basketball media day, Tina Langley wistfully scanned a Park MGM conference room filled with coaching peers and a handful of the best players in the conference.