January 30, 2013

Gonzaga love from ESPN

Gonzaga is getting quite a bit of love from ESPN this week.  Buried deep in their "Six teams that have exceeded expectations" article, was a Top 10 poll ranking players from Non Big 6 Conferences.  The poll was voted on by ESPN analysts, with the below results:

1. Doug McDermott, Creighton -- 50 (5)
2. Kelly Olynyk, Gonzaga -- 43
3. Anthony Bennett, UNLV -- 42
4. Jamaal Franklin, San Diego State -- 29
5. Mike Muscala, Bucknell -- 28
6. Rotnei Clarke, Butler -- 20
7. Cleanthony Early, Wichita State -- 13
8. Isaiah Canaan, Murray State -- 9
9. Matthew Dellavedova, Saint Mary's -- 8
10. Elias Harris, Gonzaga -- 7

Kevin Pangos also received 2 votes, and Tyler Haws, from BYU, received 1 vote.

Further down the article was the "Starting 5" this week featuring Gonzaga:

Gonzaga's All-Mark Few team
PG: Dan Dickau -- Earned first-team All-American honors as a senior in 2002
SG: Blake Stepp -- Zags' seventh all-time leading scorer is in school's Hall of Honor
SF: Adam Morrison -- Averaged 28.1 points as a junior in 2005-06, 19.7 points in career
PF: Casey Calvary -- Led Gonzaga to three straight Sweet 16s from 1999-2001
C: Ronny Turiaf -- School's fourth all-time leading scorer, rebounder; three-time All-WCC
PG: Jeremy Pargo -- 2008 WCC Player of the Year averaged 12.1 points, 6 assists
SG: Matt Bouldin -- Named first team All-WCC in 2008, 2009 and 2010
PF: J.P. Bautista -- Juco transfer averaged 19.3 points, 9.4 boards in 2005-06

ESPN Article

In the Bracketology section, Myron Medcalf and Eamonn Brennon discuss Dick Vitale's latest Bracketology, and Gonzaga plays a predominant role.  Their thoughts?  There would have to be quite a shake-up at the top for Gonzaga to earn a 1 seed (they do warrant GU has an argument for the fourth 1 seed), but they will most likely earn a 2 seed.

Bracketology Convo


Gonzagapride said...

I thought there was a chance Kelly would be back next year as you need a 5th year for your accounting CPA certification. I am now convinced he will leave.

I hope the coaches and trainers can put Karnowski on the fast track of the training, strength and footwork they had Kelly on. We will need him to take Kelly's place.
Glad to see Harris and Kevin got votes also.

I am perfectly happy with a 2 seed. A 1 seed would be fun for nothing more than the recognition, but a 2 or a 3 seed is realistic and fine with me.

Thanks for the current updates.

gaz-tastic said...

I'd rather Harris was getting all the accolades instead of Olynyk.

All this fuss over KO takes away from Harris' chances to get drafted. And, it means KO may not be coming back for his senior campaign.

If this keeps up we might lose BOTH Olynyk and Harris at the same time? No thanks I'd rather not, lol.

However, if the trade off turned out we made it into the Final 4...I think I'd make that trade.

gaz-tastic said...

*Woops, trade-off