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UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 4:23 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Brandon Clarke named MVP of NBA Summer League

Clarke shook off the rust quickly, averaging 14.6 points and hitting the game-winning tip-in in the semifinals to help Memphis reach the Summer League title game against Minnesota on Monday …


John Blanchette: After forgoing early entry into the NBA draft, Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie must go about reinventing – and improving – his game

They are there and he is here in Spokane, but if it bothers Killian Tillie even a whit it is undetectable – even if he fully expected to be there, …


UPDATED: Sat., July 13, 2019, 11:01 p.m.

Former Gonzaga standout Nigel Williams-Goss joining Utah Jazz

Williams-Goss is joining the Utah Jazz on a three-year contract, according to multiple reports, two years after being drafted late in the second round by the NBA team.


Gonzaga men’s basketball earns NABC academic award for third straight year

Gonzaga men’s basketball has been selected as one of the recipients of the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Team Academic Excellence Awards.


Gonzaga draws Southern Miss in Battle 4 Atlantis opener

Gonzaga’s first-round opponent at the Battle 4 Atlantis will be Southern Mississippi.


UPDATED: Fri., July 12, 2019, 10:37 a.m.

In transition: A full breakdown of Washington State basketball’s roster transactions

Who’s in? Who’s out? With Washington State’s 2019-20 basketball roster finalized, we take a look at all of the offseason transactions, dividing it up by the returners (6), newcomers (8), …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 6:21 p.m.

NCAA charges NC State with 4 men’s hoops violations

The NCAA has charged North Carolina State with four violations, accusing a former assistant coach of providing payments and benefits connected to the recruitment of one-and-done basketball player Dennis Smith …


UPDATED: Wed., July 10, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Analysis: An in-depth look at the pieces of Washington State’s now finalized 2019-20 basketball roster

After months of acquisitions, departures and transfer portal uncertainty, new Washington State coach Kyle Smith can rest easy having finalized the Cougars’ 2019-20 roster.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

Gary Bell Jr. returning to Gonzaga as graduate assistant

Gary Bell Jr., one of the best 3-point shooters in Gonzaga history and a steady force at both ends of the court, is returning to the Zags as a graduate …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Incoming Gonzaga recruit Oumar Ballo keeps Mali rolling at FIBA U19 World Cup

Ballo had 21 points, 17 rebounds and four blocked shots in an 84-74 victory over Puerto Rico 84-74 on Friday, lifting Mali into the semifinals. Mali had never advanced to …


UPDATED: Wed., July 3, 2019, 12:36 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev helps Serbia stay unbeaten at FIBA U19 World Cup

Current and future Gonzaga players continue to be one of the major storylines at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 2:54 p.m.

Lawyers: Ex-NBA star Chuck Person was broke in NCAA scandal

Lawyers for former Auburn University assistant basketball coach Chuck Person say the 13-year NBA veteran was broke and financially desperate when he joined a bribery conspiracy that cheated young athletes. …


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 4:56 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi scores 33 points in France’s loss to Serbia, Filip Petrusev

Joel Ayayi put on a show, but his Gonzaga teammate Filip Petrusev and Serbia got the win.


UPDATED: Tue., July 2, 2019, 11:25 a.m.

UConn hoops gets probation for NCAA violations under Kevin Ollie

UConn’s men’s basketball program has been placed on probation for two years and Kevin Ollie has been sanctioned individually for violations of NCAA rules during his tenure as coach. An …


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 9:05 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev, Joel Ayayi guide respective teams to second World Cup wins

Gonzaga sophomores Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi helped their respective teams to wins Sunday for the second straight day at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece.


UPDATED: Sat., June 29, 2019, 8:12 p.m.

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev, Joel Ayayi off to strong start at FIBA U19 World Cup

Gonzaga sophomores Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi had strong first games Saturday at the FIBA U19 World Cup in Greece.


UPDATED: Thu., June 27, 2019, 6:39 p.m.

Battle Ground big Kaden Perry commits to Gonzaga

Gonzaga is on the board in the 2021 recruiting class with a commitment from in-state forward Kaden Perry.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 8:50 p.m.

Gonzaga Legends: David Pendergraft’s heart, hustle made him a fan favorite with the Bulldogs

Gonzaga coach Mark Few recently sat in David Pendergraft’s Airway Heights office, each exchanging anecdotes from their mid-2000s teams.


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 9:18 p.m.

Lakers extend qualifying offer to former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams

The Los Angeles Lakers extended a qualifying offer to former Gonzaga forward Johnathan Williams, the NBA team announced. The move means Williams becomes a restricted free agent on Sunday. If …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 1:41 p.m.

UConn rejoins Big East for hoops, other sports; not football

UConn is heading back to the Big East. The University of Connecticut Board of Trustees voted to accept an invitation to move its basketball and most other teams from the …


UPDATED: Wed., June 26, 2019, 2:31 p.m.

Hoping for clarity, NCAA adjusts transfer waiver guidelines

The NCAA has adjusted some of the guidelines used to determine when waivers should be granted to athletes who transfer. There have been complaints of ambiguity when it comes to …


UPDATED: Tue., June 25, 2019, 9:26 p.m.

New Gonzaga guards Ryan Woolridge, Admon Gilder have crossed paths before

Ryan Woolridge can’t remember the exact year, but he played with Admon Gilder on the same AAU team in the Dallas/Fort Worth area.


UPDATED: Sun., June 23, 2019, 7:48 p.m.

North Texas grad transfer Ryan Woolridge commits to Gonzaga

North Texas graduate transfer Ryan Woolridge visited Spokane over the weekend and committed Sunday to the Zags.


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 9:27 p.m.

Gonzaga Legends: Kelly Olynyk happy to take a break from South Beach for a trip back to Spokane, Hoopfest

The Miami Heat forward has tried illustrating the world’s largest 3-on-3 basketball tournament to some of his less-familiar NBA teammates, but he insists it’s something they’d appreciate with their own …


UPDATED: Sat., June 22, 2019, 4:04 p.m.

AP sources: UConn in talks to move back into Big East

A University of Connecticut official says the school is working to get back into the Big East for basketball and other sports. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity …


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 9:15 p.m.

Former Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. joining Lakers on two-way contract

Former Gonzaga guard Zach Norvell Jr. didn’t hear his name called in Thursday’s NBA draft but he quickly found an NBA opportunity.


UPDATED: Fri., June 21, 2019, 9:29 p.m.

Report: Washington State’s Robert Franks agrees to two-way deal with Charlotte Hornets

Robert Franks’ basketball career will continue in the professional ranks despite the ex-Washington State forward going unselected Thursday night at the 2019 NBA Draft.


UPDATED: Thu., June 20, 2019, 6:08 p.m.

Gonzaga incoming freshman Anton Watson not picked for final USA U19 World Cup roster

The Gonzaga Prep standout was one of 18 finalists out of 31 training-camp participants, but wasn’t selected for the final 12-man roster announced Thursday.


UPDATED: Wed., June 19, 2019, 9:06 p.m.

Dynamic duo: History awaits Gonzaga, Rui Hachimura, Brandon Clarke at NBA draft

Gonzaga’s starting five at the NBA draft: Projected first-round picks Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke, head coach Mark Few and assistant coaches Brian Michaelson and Tommy Lloyd.


Marvin Cannon, Ahmed Ali return to Washington State basketball, rounding out Kyle Smith’s roster

Ali and Cannon, junior college transfers who were recruited by former coach Ernie Kent, both entered the transfer portal and seemed intent on finding a new place to play when …