One of the big recruiting wins for Gonzaga in the 2016 class occurred when Zach Norvell made his commitment. With a strong group of finalists, including Iowa St., Georgetown and Florida St., it was a huge pickup for the Zags to land the extremely talented guard from Chicago.
Looking back on his decision, the Simeon star admits that there was a distinct comfort level when he visited Spokane.
“When I was on my visit, I felt at home,” revealed Norvell. “The coaching staff and the players made me feel really comfortable. When my dad and I talked about my decision, he said I needed to find a place that felt like home, and Gonzaga was where I felt the most at home.”
After a strong summer with the Mac Irvin Fire, Norvell elevated his game even more as a senior at Simeon.
“First of all, I wanted to become a vocal leader for the team, on and off the court,” the explosive scorer explained. “I wanted to have a strong relationship with everybody on the team. I also wanted to work on being able to finish at the basket with both hands and on my in between game so that I wasn’t just a 3-point shooter.”
Following a senior season that included winning a City Championship, the Chicago native is working on game as he prepares to head to Spokane in June.
“I’m working on my floaters and continuing to touch up on my midrange game. I am also working on making decisions with the ball, as that is big at the next level. I need to also be able to finish with both hands because there are a lot of bigger guys at the college and NBA level and I want to be prepared for that.”
Along with working on his own game, the Gonzaga commit also kept a close eye on his future team throughout the year.
“I watched them a lot more than I had in the past. They let the guards play and the coaches give the guards lots of decisions to make in the 3-guard offense. You can tell that Coach has a lot of trust in his team and that’s huge.”
In terms of immediate expectations, Norvell is just working to be as versatile of an option as possible.
“I haven’t thought about a specific role next year. I just want to come in and show I can pay the 1-3 and be able to play well in all of those positions.”