Five former Gonzaga players named to WCC Tournament’s Decade in the Desert team
LAS VEGAS – Five former Gonzaga standouts were named to the West Coast Conference Decade in the Desert all-tournament team this week.
Last year’s starters Przemek Karnowski (2012-2017) and Nigel Williams-Goss (2016-2017), Kelly Olynyk (2009-2013), Domantas Sabonis (2014-2016) and Kyle Wiltjer (2014-2016) made up nearly half of team.
Wiltjer, who led the Zags with 20.4 points per game in his final season, was named the all-decade team’s Most Valuable Player.
Parents of former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss cheer on Bulldogs in loss to Saint Mary’s
Nigel Williams-Goss might have hung up his Gonzaga jersey last season and moved halfway around the world, but he hasn’t forgotten about the Bulldogs.
Apparently, neither has his family.
The parents of the former Zag, who currently plays for Partizan in Serbia, attended Thursday’s game at the McCarthey Athletic Center, where Gonzaga fell 74-71 to Saint Mary’s.
Valerie and Virgil, who live in Las Vegas, were spotted inside The Kennel before the game.
Gonzaga and Saint Mary’s have been the WCC’s top two teams, usually in that order, for the last 15 years.
Nothing’s changed this season. No. 13 Gonzaga (16-3) and receiving-votes Saint Mary’s (17-2) share first place with the first of possibly three meetings set for Thursday at the McCarthey Athletic Center.
Basketball teams form identities over the course of a season.
Just past the halfway mark of the regular season, one thing seems clear with the current Gonzaga Bulldogs: It’s often unclear who is going to be their leading scorer or their go-to player from game to game.
This is one of many Gonzaga teams in the past decade that relies on balanced scoring. There have been nearly as many GU squads during that time that were more star-driven and powered by one or two prolific scorers.
Former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss assists on dad’s special birthday present
Former Gonzaga guard Nigel Williams-Goss is playing professionally in Serbia but he made time and arrangements to deliver a special birthday present to his dad.
Williams-Goss bought Virgil a white Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and it was waiting in the driveway Friday when Virgil walked out the front door of the family home in Nevada. Family and friends captured the moment on cell phone video.
Retooled Gonzaga not looking in rear-view mirror entering 2017-18 season
Established veterans Johnathan Williams, Josh Perkins, Silas Melson and Killian Tillie. Promising talents Corey Kispert, Rui Hachimura, Jacob Larsen, Zach Norvell Jr., Jeremy Jones, Jesse Wade and Joel Ayayi.
Those are the key names on Gonzaga’s roster for the 2018 season.
The preceding was offered as a public-service announcement since virtually every offseason article in the Websphere centered on who’s no longer around following last year’s 37-2 campaign.
Gonzaga Preview Capsule
Last season: 37-2, lost to North Carolina in NCAA title game
Coach: Mark Few
Conference: West Coast
Who's gone: Przemek Karnowski and Jordan Mathews graduated, while Zach Collins and Nigel Williams-Goss left early to turn pro.
Who's back: Josh Perkins and Johnathan Williams are returning starters, while veterans Silas Melson and Killian Tillie saw minutes last year.
Jordan Mathews isn’t planning on watching the NBA Draft on Thursday. He isn’t hosting a watch party surrounded by family and friends.
“I’m going to be in the gym most likely,” the former Gonzaga wing said nonchalantly, “probably at my old high school gym.”
Mathews doesn’t appear on mock drafts, but he has surfaced on some lists. He’s No. 85 on CBSsports.com’s player rankings, he’s 18th among shooting guards, eight spots below former GU teammate Nigel Williams-Goss.
Nigel Williams-Goss has added another award to his sizable collection of on- and off-court honors.
The former Gonzaga guard was named the WCC men’s Scholar-Athlete of the year at the conference’s honors dinner. BYU volleyball player Amy Boswell was the women’s winner.
The award is named in honor of Mike Gilleran, the WCC’s first full-time commissioner, and voted on by the conference’s executive council.
Former Zag Kelly Olynyk says he didn’t skip a class as Gonzaga undergrad
Kelly Olynyk was an Academic All-American at Gonzaga and he revealed one of the reasons why during a recent public appearance.
The Boston Celtics big man, speaking at an event honoring Boston area students with perfect attendance and notable academic achievement, said he didn’t skip a single class as a GU undergrad, according to MassLive.com’s Jay King.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams has decided to return to school for his senior season after previously submitting his name for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.
Williams averaged 10.2 points and 6.4 rebounds per game last season as Gonzaga advanced to the national title game, where the Bulldogs lost to North Carolina. He is the leading scorer and rebounder returning to the Zags next season.