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UPDATED: Thu., June 4, 2020

Tentative NBA draft withdrawal date set for Gonzaga’s Corey Kispert, Joel Ayayi, Filip Petrusev and Washington State’s CJ Elleby

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 …


Gonzaga trio, WSU’s CJ Elleby receive additional time to consider draft decisions

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.


UPDATED: Sun., April 26, 2020

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev declares for draft without hiring an agent

Filip Petrusev has become the third Gonzaga Bulldog to declare for the NBA draft without hiring an agent.


UPDATED: Sat., April 25, 2020

Joel Ayayi declares for NBA draft but indicates No. 1 option is returning to Gonzaga

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi has declared for the NBA draft but won’t hire an agent.


UPDATED: Sat., April 4, 2020

Analysts rank Killian Tillie as Gonzaga’s top professional prospect

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Gonzaga rewind: Bulldogs guard Joel Ayayi shows off MVP work ethic

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.


UPDATED: Tue., March 10, 2020

Joel Ayayi brings WCC Tournament MVP back to Gonzaga, France after 17-point effort

West Coast Conference Tournament Most Valuable Player honors returned to Gonzaga – and France – Tuesday night at the Orleans Arena


Analysis: Joel Ayayi’s timely contributions push Gonzaga past USF and into WCC title game

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. …


UPDATED: Wed., March 4, 2020

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi maintains confidence through highs and lows

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, …


UPDATED: Tue., March 3, 2020

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev named WCC player of year, joins Corey Kispert, Killian Tillie as first-team selections

Gonzaga’s Filip Petrusev was named WCC Player of the Year, becoming the first sophomore to win the award since 1981.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 17, 2020

Gonzaga-BYU key matchup: Grad transfer Jake Toolson brings versatility, experience to Cougars

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.


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 10, 2020

Gonzaga anticipates physical affair against Loyola Marymount

Gonzaga knows what’s coming next: bruises.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 24, 2019

Gonzaga’s international contingent finds home away from home for the holidays

Traveling to see family for Christmas is commonplace. Whether it be across town or across the country, families make it work.


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Gonzaga-EWU key matchup: High-scoring Jacob Davison tests Zags’ defense

Several options with EWU’s productive forward tandem of Kim Aiken Jr. and Mason Peatling, but we’re picking guard Jacob Davison.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

Analysis: Joel Ayayi takes advantage of first start, scores 16 points as Gonzaga routs Texas Southern

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 …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 4, 2019

TV Take: Joel Ayayi gets his share of air time in Gonzaga’s thumping of Texas Southern

It’s just a guess, but more than likely the weather was better in the Bahamas, where Gonzaga spent its Thanksgiving weekend, than it was Wednesday night in Spokane.


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 17, 2019

Gonzaga’s handiwork on boards helps build 4-0 start

But perhaps the most important stat thus far is the rebounding numbers. The Zags are plus-17.8 per game, a gaudy number no matter the level of competition.


UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 9, 2019

Gonzaga’s Joel Ayayi fills multiple columns on stat sheet

Joel Ayayi is feeling more at ease on the court and it’s reflected in his impressive stat lines through two games.


Scary good: Gonzaga men need quartet of returners to get on a roll with new roles

Gonzaga has just four returning players, but don’t expect to see the 2018-19 versions of Killian Tillie, Corey Kispert, Filip Petrusev and Joel Ayayi this season. All four are slated …


UPDATED: Sun., July 7, 2019

Gonzaga’s Oumar Ballo and Joel Ayayi make All-Star Five at FIBA World Cup

Gonzaga Bulldogs incoming freshman center Oumar Ballo and redshirt sophomore guard Joel Ayayi both were named to the All-Star Five team at the FIBA U19 Basketball World Cup in Heraklion, …


UPDATED: Sat., July 6, 2019

Gonzaga commit Oumar Ballo powers Mali past France, into FIBA U19 World Cup title game

After missing the first two games of group play, Ballo has averaged 18.3 points and 13 assists in four contests.


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019

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

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

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: Sun., June 30, 2019

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

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: Sat., March 23, 2019

Gonzaga’s Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi meet French icon, idol Boris Diaw after Baylor win

It was a French treat, served up to Killian Tillie and Joel Ayayi on a silver platter moments after Gonzaga finished off Baylor 83-71 in the NCAA Tournament.


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Gonzaga rewind: Making noise in tranquil McCarthey Athletic Center for next five home games

The McCarthey Athletic Center is still full but it doesn’t sound the same during Gonzaga’s holiday-break games.


Gonzaga redshirt sophomore Joel Ayayi tries to carve out role among deep roster

Joel Ayayi isn’t picky about the pronunciation of his name. Good thing, because nearly everybody messes up not only his surname but his first name.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 5, 2018

Gonzaga-bound Petrusev helps Serbia win European Championships

Gonzaga-bound Filip Petrusev scored 29 points as Serbia outlasted host Latvia 99-90 Sunday to win the FIBA U18 European Championships. France, led by Gonzaga redshirt freshman Joel Ayayi’s 22 points, …