Every Olympic athlete has a notable story, but Ira Brown’s inspiring, implausible journey is one of a kind. “Absolutely not,” Brown responded when asked if he dreamed of becoming an Olympian during his hardscrabble childhood in Texas. “My whole life has been unbelievable.”
Former Gonzaga standouts Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert have received green room invitations at the NBA draft. It’s another strong indication that Suggs, likely to be selected in the top four, and Kispert, projected by many as a lottery pick (top 14), won’t have to wait long before hearing their names called July 29 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Former Gonzaga standout Kyle Wiltjer will continue his professional career in Spain’s top league. Wiltjer signed with Lenovo Tenerife after playing the last two seasons for Turk Telekom in Ankara, Turkey.
France made the Americans earn a gold medal and that’s exactly what Holmgren and his teammates did with a thrilling 83-81 victory Sunday in the FIBA U19 World Cup in Riga, Latvia.The U.S. trailed 64-59 after three quarters, but Holmgren scored five quick points in the fourth quarter and his reverse layup gave the Americans a 69-68 lead with 6:50 remaining.
Gonzaga men’s basketball’s tournament run may have ended one win short of an undefeated national championship, but the Bulldogs’ overtime thriller in the Final Four over UCLA in Indianapolis netted them a different kind of honor Saturday evening at ESPN’s 2021 ESPY awards.
Gonzaga has made it official: The Battle in Seattle will return Dec. 4 with a showdown against Alabama. The first meeting between the two probable top 15 programs will also be the first college basketball game staged at redeveloped Climate Pledge Arena.