After lots of debate about rotations and the impact of certain injuries, the Gonzaga Bulldogs finally took the court for the first time and left fans with an overwhelming sense of excitement. While some highly thought of teams around the country struggled in their exhibition games, the Zags came out and dominated in impressive fashion.
With an impressive 122-76 win over West Georgia, here are some of the things that stood out to us:
The front court is talented and versatile:
It was great to see Przemek Karnowski back on the court and looking like the guy who dominated the NCAA Tournament in the run to the Elite 8. He was a force defensively, and showcased a nice touch finishing around the rim. As always, his passing was outstanding, as he routinely found open shooters. Starting alongside Karnowski was Johnathan Williams. Over the next two years, Williams will become a fan favorite, as he does all the dirty work needed with so many talented pieces around him.
Off the bench, it appears the Zags will rely on two really talented freshman. Zach Collins was as advertised, showcasing a vast array of offensive moves and just a really high skill set for a freshman. Killian Tillie was a very pleasant surprise. He runs the court like a guard and showed a lot of skill that could see him definitely contribute this year.
The transfers are really good:
Goss was everything you could hope for in a PG. If he can shoot the ball from the perimeter consistently all season, he has the makings of an All-American. There is nothing he doesn’t do well, and he appears to be stepping into a leadership role for this group. It’s exciting to think about what he and Josh Perkins can do together.
Mathews brings a level of shooting that was missing in the backcourt last season. He can consistently hit open shots from the perimeter, and with so many talented passers on this team, he could have a huge season.