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Rui Hachimura wears a size 17 shoe, more than enough space to help illustrate his unique family heritage and remarkable personal journey on a pair of basketball shoes.
For the latter, we turn to Joel Ayayi, all of 20 years old and something of a Gonzaga graybeard as he goes through his fourth preseason in a Zag uniform. He knows what to expect at practice, the grind of a five-month season and the soaring expectations that accompany each GU squad.
Fortunately for Khalil Islam-Zwart, he had an airport pickup sign when he was meeting Public Enemy's Chuck D at Spokane International Airport in 2003. The hip-hop legend was catching a ride with Islam-Zwart for a speaking gig at Eastern Washington University.
Ray Giacoletti, former head coach at Eastern Washington and ex-Gonzaga assistant coach, has earned a promotion on Travis Ford’s staff at Saint Louis.
Gonzaga women’s basketball coach Lisa Fortier is a reflection of her team – confident but not cocky, especially in the face of a pandemic.
Former Gonzaga forward Micah Downs has signed with s.Oliver Wurzburg in Germany’s Bundesliga Basketball League (BBL).
Former Gonzaga standout Kevin Pangos is among eight players on Zenit, a pro team based in St. Petersburg, Russia, to test positive for COVID-19.
College basketball takes another step forward Wednesday with men’s and women’s teams holding their first official practices.
Gonzaga’s non-conference basketball schedule is taking shape. The Zags are expected to face Auburn in the opener of a four-team tournament in Orlando during the first week of the season. Houston and Texas Tech square off in the other matchup.
Petrusev said he’s happy with his decision to turn professional and believes he’s in the best position to realize his NBA dreams. He’s trying to forge his own path to the sport’s highest level, one that differs from GU predecessors that have made it to the NBA.
The Zags will face San Francisco on Jan. 2 at the McCarthey Athletic Center, two days after USF-San Diego and BYU-Pepperdine stage conference openers.
The Zags have agreed to play Iowa, a potential top five team in the preseason rankings, on Dec. 19 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
Gonzaga showed off its new home white uniforms with a 29-second video Monday posted on the men’s basketball twitter account. The tweet was viewed 14,000 times in the first 90 minutes, prompting a range of reactions with mostly positive reviews.
Gonzaga’s athletic department, facing financial strains caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, is asking men’s and women’s basketball season ticket holders for their help but not requiring it to retain their tickets down the road.
Gonzaga’s schedule is taking shape and the Zags are planning to have some home games before the WCC season begins on Dec. 31. GU is considering hosting a smaller bubble, or pod, with multiple teams.
The Gonzaga vs. Baylor showdown – one of, if not the biggest non-conference matchup in the upcoming college basketball season – has will tangle at 10 a.m. PT Saturday, Dec. 5, at Bankers Life Fieldhouse – home floor for former Zag and current Indian Pacers All-Star forward Domantas Sabonis – in Indianapolis.
Olynyk joined select company when the Miami Heat defeated Boston to advance to the NBA Finals against the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s one of five Zags to reach the Finals, joining John Stockton, Ronny Turiaf, Adam Morrison and Austin Daye.
The 6-foot-9, 225-pound Perry has spent the last 15 months adding 10-15 pounds of muscle, playing with and against many of the nation’s top prospects and making big strides with his game.
Elias Harris is on the move in his native Germany, but not too far. The former Gonzaga standout signed with MHP Reisen in Ludwigsburg, located about 40 miles north of Brose. Harris played the previous seven seasons professionally with Brose Bamberg.
No matter what poll one looks at, it’s pretty clear Gonzaga is going to be at or near the top when the college basketball season begins in late November.