Storm brewingGonzaga is familiar with opponents’ fans storming the court after upset wins. It happened after WCC road losses to Portland (2014), Santa Clara (2011), Loyola Marymount (2010) and San Francisco from 2010-2012. After a last-second loss at Butler in 2013, David Stockton was pin-balled around by on-rushing fans before being ushered to the sideline by associate athletic director Steve Hertz. Kansas State fans rushed the court following Monday’s win over Kansas, putting several KU players and coaches in harm’s way. There were no serious issues, but some are calling for an end to court-storming. “It’s time to do something and the teams in our league aren’t equipped because they’re not used to drawing people,” Few said. “It crossed my mind down at Saint Mary’s. I had my little daughter on the bench. I’m sure she would have been fine. But college kids getting in guys’ faces in a high-intensity moment, it’s not safe.”
Thanks CalKyle Wiltjer and John Calipari, his former coach at Kentucky, exchanged tweets this week after Wiltjer was honored by two national outlets as player of the week. Tweeted Calipari: “Proud of (Wiltjer), who just won his second national POW honor. He’s on a long list of players who say I’ve held them back. Love ya, kid.” Replied Wiltjer: “Appreciate the support coach, right back at you.” Wiltjer explained that his former coach wasn’t jabbing him. “No, not at all,” Wiltjer said. “It’s kind of a joke he always used to say, like ‘Anthony Davis only averaged 7 points, he held him down.’ He texted me and he’s really happy about everything.”
NotesJunior guard Eric McClellan said he’s making slow progress in his recovery from a foot injury. He was limited to 20 minutes per practice when he made his debut in mid January. He’s currently at 45 minutes per day. … Junior forward Angel Nunez, who absorbed a blow to his head in practice last Wednesday and experienced concussion-like symptoms, returned to practice Tuesday. … The WCC is expanding its all-conference awards. The conference will continue its 10-player first-team but it has added a five-player second-team. Honorable mention will continue, but will require at least two votes for inclusion. Ten players made honorable mention last season.
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