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Gonzaga’s selection as preseason favorites to win the WCC – one of the annual rites of fall – is back for the 19th time in the last 20 seasons.
"Coach (Mark) Few always says it, there’s this huge learning curve that you have to go through,” senior forward Corey Kispert said.
For the latter, we turn to Joel Ayayi, all of 20 years old and something of a Gonzaga graybeard as he goes through his fourth preseason in a Zag uniform. He knows what to expect at practice, the grind of a five-month season and the soaring expectations that accompany each GU squad.
Corey Kispert is coming back to Gonzaga for his senior season.
Gonzaga announced Saturday that Ayayi is returning for his junior season and he will not pursue any professional options.
The four local underclassmen who’ve dipped their toes into the NBA draft could have up to 60 days to decide whether to forgo their college eligibility and turn professional or return to school next season.
Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi and Washington State’s CJ Elleby will get more time to decide whether to stay in the NBA draft or return to school.
Filip Petrusev has become the third Gonzaga Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.
Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi has declared for the NBA draft but won’t hire an agent.
If there’s a lack of consensus on assorted NBA mock drafts and big boards, there was little hesitation from The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie and ESPN’s Sean Farnham. “I think it’s Killian (Tillie),” Vecenie said.
LAS VEGAS – Joel Ayayi sported a fashionable ensemble: WCC Tournament championship hat and T-shirt, net draped around his neck and MVP trophy in his hands.
West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player honors returned to Gonzaga – and France – Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena
Joel Ayayi made a string of giant plays in the final 4-plus minutes Monday, and his team was extremely grateful, because the sophomore guard carried the top-seeded Bulldogs past No. 5 San Francisco 81-77 in the WCC Tournament semifinals.
Joel Ayayi hears the rumbling that his play has faded during the stretch drive of the regular season. He doesn’t agree, pointing out that assumption is based largely on, well, points.
Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev was named WCC Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to win the award since 1981.
Senior guards TJ Haws and Jake Toolson are next in line, but we’ll go with Jake Toolson, a grad transfer from Utah Valley who played at BYU as a freshman.
Gonzaga knows what’s coming next: bruises.
Traveling to see family for Christmas is commonplace. Whether it be across town or across the country, families make it work.
Several options with EWU’s productive forward tandem of Kim Aiken Jr. and Mason Peatling, but we’re picking guard Jacob Davison.
Ayayi delivered 16 points, nine rebounds and five assists and six other Zags reached double figures as the No. 9 Gonzaga crushed Texas Southern 101-62 Wednesday in front of 6,000 at the McCarthey Athletic Center