NCB On The Trail: Gonzaga Bulldogs

Recruit and return: Gonzaga 

March, 23, 2014
Mar 23
In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Gonzaga and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-2015 starting five:
G: Kevin Pangos
G: Gary Bell, Jr.
F: Kyle Dranginis
F: Kyle Wiltjer
C: Przemek Karnowski

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With the departure of senior point guard David Stockton, the timing for Josh Perkins (Denver/Huntington Prep), the No. 7 point guard in Class of 2014, is perfect. He will be part of a backcourt that will also consist of Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., who are juniors this season. Perkins will be a primary ball-handler who can lead a fast break or organize the team and set up the offense.

Perkins, who is No. 38 in the ESPN 100, thinks like a true point guard and does a good job of making teammates better. He shows good energy and has the talent to score when he is not distributing .

The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Perkins needs to be better a leader from a vocal standpoint, especially if he is going to play the the point, and a more respected outside shooter.

As he learns the nuances of being a floor leader from head coach Mark Few, look for Perkins to emerge over time as one of the better point guards in the West Coast Conference.

Weekly Commitment Roundup

August, 30, 2013
Ronnie Suggs SG (Washington, Mo./Washington)
HT: 6-4 WT: 17
Class of 2015
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big 12
Damiyne Durham SG (Oakwood, Texas/Oakwood)
HT: 6-4 WT: 175
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

American Athletic Conference
Emmanuel Mudiay PG (Dallas/Prime Prep)
HT: 6-5 WT: 190
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 2
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 5

JaQuel Richmond PG (Greensboro, N.C./Wesleyan Christian)
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 26
Stars: 4

Big East
Paschal Chukwu C (Westport, Conn./Fairfield College Prep)
HT: 7-1 WT: 220
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 5
Stars: 4
ESPN 100: 58

West Coast Conference
Josh Perkins PG (Denver/Huntington Prep)
HT: 6-3 WT: 185
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: 6
Stars: 5
ESPN 100: 24

Big West Conference
UC Santa Barbara
Gabriel Vincent SG (Stockton, Calif./St. Mary's)
HT: 6-2 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Ivy League
Aaron Young PG (Lynchburg, Va./Virginia Episcopal)
HT: 6-1 WT: 170
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Jason Massey SG (Plantation, Fla./American Heritage)
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 2

Tyler Nelson SG (Lawrence, Mass./Central Catholic)
HT: 6-0 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: 1

Missouri Valley Conference
Missouri State
Chris Kendrix SG (Willard, Mo./Willard)
HT: 6-5 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Big South
Ryan Badowski SG (Brunswick, Ohio/Brunswick)
HT: 6-3 WT: 165
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending

Atlantic 10
St. Bonaventure
Idris Taqqee SF (Ashburnham, Mass./Cushing Academy)
HT: 6-3 WT: 180
Class of 2014
Positional Rank: NA
Stars: Evaluation Pending


Starting 5: Top PGs left on the board 

August, 27, 2013
Each week, Starting 5 takes you on a tour of the recruiting landscape. It delves into topics, recruiting trends and stories. This edition focuses on the pressure of drawing out your commitment, the Elite 24, Indiana's busy weekend, the five best uncommitted point guards and No. 1 sophomore Harry Giles.

1. The stress of the decision

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Washington adds SF Dorsey for 2014

July, 9, 2013
Washington coach Lorenzo Romar landed his second 2014 recruit in less than a week on Monday when small forward Donaven Dorsey (Lacey, Wash./Timberline) picked the Huskies. Multiple sources are reporting the news.

The 6-foot-6, three-star wing chose UW over Washington State, Gonzaga and Oregon State.

"It's a big relief," Dorsey told The Olympian. "I'm very excited to become a Dawg."

Dorsey joins PF Tristan Etienne (Abbotsford, B.C./Mouat), who committed to Washington on July 4.
Gonzaga head coach Mark Few is probably smiling today after landing a commitment from shooting guard Silas Melson (Portland, Ore./Jefferson), a three-star guard and the top rising senior in Oregon. Melson picked the Bulldogs over offers from West coast programs Washington and Colorado State, among others. He is the first pledge for Gonzaga in the 2014 class.

Silas Melson
Reggie Rankin/ESPNSilas Melson is a three-star SG heading to Gonzaga.
Melson, who runs with the ICP Elite AAU squad, is a major sleeper and just missed the cut for the initial ESPN 100 player rankings. He makes his living scoring in a variety of ways and is an extremely competitive player. Those qualities should help him succeed in the Zags lineup once he gets on campus next year.

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Gonzaga lands three-star SG

June, 20, 2013
Shooting guard Silas Melson (Portland, Ore./Jefferson) verbally committed to Gonzaga on Wednesday, The Oregonian reported.

The 6-foot-3 Melson chose the Bulldogs over Colorado State and Washington.

"They were on me the hardest," Melson told the paper. "They had the best basketball fit for me, along with being one of the best schools on the West Coast to get an education.

"And they were the No. 1 team in the country, so ... it's hard to turn that down."

Melson is the first recruit from the 2014 class for Gonzaga.

Alvin Robertson sets path for his son 

February, 19, 2013
If it’s in you, it’s in you. Elgin Cook (Milwaukee/Northwest Florida State) has basketball in his blood. The 6-foot-6 junior college small forward is the son of Alvin Robertson, one of his era’s top defensive players in the NBA.

Robertson owns an Olympic gold medal and NBA Defensive Player of the Year Award, but before that he had the work his way into college.

Cook, like his father, went the junior college route out of high school. Robertson graduated from Crowder Junior College before moving on to Arkansas and now he’s helping his son select his collegiate program.

Although Robertson ended up at Arkansas, Cook’s path might not be the same. According to Steve Forbes, Cook’s coach at NW Florida State, this weekend sets in motion the first two of what could be a handful of official visits.

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