Gonzaga junior forward Drew Timme’s collection of preseason honors grew again Monday in impressive fashion. It was no surprise that Timme, considered one of the favorites for college basketball player of the year, was named to the AP preseason All-America team released Monday.
Domantas Sabonis did just about everything for the Indiana Pacers but deliver a win in Wednesday’s season opener. The sixth-year pro and two-time All-Star connected on his first six shots, scored 33 points – threatening his career high of 36 – and grabbed a game-high 15 rebounds. About the only thing that didn’t go right for the former Gonzaga standout was his off-balance 14-footer that bounced off the rim at the buzzer as Charlotte rallied past the Pacers 123-122.
New Gonzaga athletic director Chris Standiford offered a one-word description of the first seven weeks on the job: “Dynamic.” It’s certainly been one of the more eventful spans for Gonzaga’s athletic department.
Gonzaga’s Hunter Sallis has been named to the watch list for the Jerry West Award, presented annually to the nation’s top shooting guard. He is the only true freshman on the 20-player list filled with upperclassmen.
Gonzaga will begin the college basketball season precisely where it wants to end the season in April. The Zags were voted No. 1 in the preseason Associated Press poll released Monday. Gonzaga received 55 of 63 first-place votes from the media panel. No. 2 UCLA, which faces GU on Nov. 23 in Las Vegas, received the other eight votes.
David Stockton’s stay with Memphis was short while Brandon Clarke’s tenure with the Grizzlies has been extended. The Grizzlies, who announced the signing of Stockton on Friday, waived the former Gonzaga guard Saturday while finalizing their opening-day roster.
After transferring to Gonzaga, Nembhard has had a close-up view of the highest ranked classes in program history – No. 6 in 2020 and No. 3 in 2021. “This one is very special,” Nemhbard said of freshmen Chet Holmgren, Hunter Sallis, Nolan Hickman and Kaden Perry after Kraziness in the Kennel last Saturday. “I’ve been telling my dad when he calls, this is a very talented group that we have this year. The sky is the limit as long as we buy in and mature at a quick rate. I think we’ll do that.”