Former Gonzaga standout Zach Collins, on the mend from his third ankle surgery in 10 months, has a new NBA home and a healthy new contract. He has agreed to a three-year, $22-million contract to join the San Antonio Spurs.
Team USA coach Jamie Dixon, who guided the Americans to the gold medal last month at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Latvia, came away impressed with Holmgren on and off the floor after the team spent about 25 days together.
The 2022 NBA Draft is on the clock, even though it’s about 11 months away. For Gonzaga, which had a program record three former players selected in Thursday’s draft, the 2022 event could bring more milestones.
Most analysts had Jalen Suggs going to Toronto but the Raptors threw a wrinkle into Thursday’s NBA Draft by taking Florida State’s Scottie Barnes with the fourth pick. Suggs waited a few minutes longer before hugging family members after being selected by Orlando at No. 5. He’s the second-highest pick in Gonzaga history behind Adam Morrison, who went third to Charlotte in 2006.
Jalen Suggs appears to be as resourceful off the court as he was on it during his one season at Gonzaga. The one-and-done point guard has assembled an impressive collection of endorsement deals even before hearing his name called in Thursday’s NBA Draft.
Gonzaga’s non-conference schedule, already one of the best in program history, just got a whole lot better. The long-discussed Gonzaga-UCLA contest has been finalized for Nov. 23 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, a GU source confirmed.
Rui Hachimura, who leads the Japanese national basketball team, and two-time world champion wrestler Susaki Yui will carry Japan’s flag and lead the host nation’s contingent of nearly 600 Olympians into Olympic Stadium. Ira Brown, who plays on Japan’s 3x3 basketball team, won’t be too far behind Hachimura during the ceremonies.