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Walk-on forward Colby Brooks becomes first Gonzaga player in transfer portal

Gonzaga Bulldogs forward Colby Brooks (25) clashes in the paint against the San Diego Toreros during the second half of a college basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2024, at Jenny Craig Pavilion in San Diego, Calif. Gonzaga won the game 105-63.  (Tyler Tjomsland / The Spokesman-Review)

One month after the transfer portal opened, Gonzaga’s chances of keeping its roster intact still look fairly promising.

The Bulldogs haven’t lost a scholarship player to the portal, but they did have their first defection Wednesday with walk-on forward Colby Brooks submitting his name, according to Verbal Commits.

Brooks, a Los Angeles native who joined Gonzaga’s roster in 2022-23, made 22 appearances over two seasons for the Bulldogs, including 14 games last year.

The 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward played a career-high 10 minutes during a nonconference game against Eastern Oregon this season and set his career high with seven points against the Mountaineers during the 2022-23 season.

Brooks averaged 2.6 points and 1.0 rebounds per game as a freshman and 1.0 points to go with 1.2 rebounds as a sophomore.

Gonzaga remains the only West Coast Conference program without a scholarship player in the transfer portal, which opened March 18.

The Bulldogs are losing fifth-year senior Anton Watson to graduation, but are eligible to return every other player from the 2023-24 roster.