It has been a very, very busy few hours for the Gonzaga basketball program. Scheduling, Recruiting, and Coaching Staff news have all broke today, giving fans of the program a lot of new information to mull over. Here’s whats going on in the world of Gonzaga basketball.
- Gary Parrish of CBS Sports announced today that former Gonzaga basketball player and college basketball player of the year Adam Morrison will be joining the staff as a student assistant. Morrison will forever be a Gonzaga legend, due to a 28.1 scoring average he accumulated during his junior year in Spokane. This is a very interesting move for the coaching staff, considering the notoriety of the man who is joining. He most likely will not make a serious impact as a student assistant, but his presence on the sideline will help out, especially in recruiting. There are not a lot of college basketball coaches that can boast a player of the year award, like Morrison can. The prospect of learning under Morrison must be enticing for a recruit, and could possibly make Gonzaga a more appealing destination. Morrison is also a funny and easy-going kind of guy, which can be observed in the following video.
- Gary Parrish of CBS Sports also reported that Gonzaga and Memphis will kick off the ESPN College Gameday season at FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. When College Gameday is there for your schools game, it’s exciting- but the first game of the season? That’s simply galvanizing.
- 2014 Gonzaga priority recruit Josh Perkins has always had Gonzaga on his radar, but the Zags might be more prominent on said radar than we previously thought. Jerry Meyer, a national basketball recruiting analyst for 247 sports, changed his crystal ball prediction on Perkins profile from UCLA to Gonzaga. When asked on twitter why he changed his mind on his prediction of Perkins’ future destination, he said this:
— Jerry Meyer (@jerrymeyer247) July 25, 2013
Reliable information? Hmmmmmmmm. Perkins is announcing his decision on August 25th, which happens to be his birthday. I wrote a few pieces about Gonzaga’s recruitment of Perkins which can be read here and here.