Mar 30, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; Louisville Cardinals guard/forward Wayne Blackshear (25), Angel Nunez (1) and Zach Price (12) run drills during practice the day before the semifinals of the 2012 NCAA men
No. 5- Angel Nunez (Gonzaga)
The number five small forward in the conference isLouisville transfer Angel Nunez. Out of high school, Nunez was an extremely sought after recruit, and eventually decided to take his talents to Louisville. He rode the bench on a loaded Cardinals squad in 2011-2012, which ended up going to the final four, and battled an ankle injury and a severe concussion in 2012-2013 which subsequently led to his transfer from the university half way through the season. He never really quite panned out as a Cardinal, but the Gonzaga faithful hopeful believes that his infinite potential will translate well to Gonzaga. Nunez is a 6’7″ wing that can sling it from deep. He has some good bounce and is a good athlete. Nunez needs to work on his defense and rebounding in order to move up in these rankings however.
His potential is similar to that of former Gonzaga Bulldog Micah Downs, who was also a highly touted recruit that transferred to Gonzaga from a larger university. If Nunez turned out like Downs, his Gonzaga career would be a huge success.
Nunez will have to sit out the first half of the year to satisfy the NCAA transfer rules. Although it might take some time to get acclimated with the system, Nunez is a guy that can make an immediate impact off the bench for Gonzaga in the years to come. A lot of people in Spokane hope Nunez can harness his vast potential during his time at the university, something that he couldn’t quite do at Louisville.