Between recruiting wins, star freshmen, and a potential national title, there are plenty of storylines involving Gonzaga Basketball this upcoming season.
If there’s any question now about whether Gonzaga Basketball belongs among the elite of NCAA Basketball programs, then those folks are just either kidding themselves or are simply jealous of how much the WCC school has risen.
Last season was just another indication of the strength of the program. Despite losing two first-round NBA Draft picks (Rui Hachimura and Brandon Clarke), an all-time program point guard and second all-time in NCAA wins (Josh Perkins), and a sharpshooting two-guard starter (Zach Norvell Jr.), the Bulldogs still finished in the top-5 nationally with a 31-2 record, including 15-1 in the WCC.
Gonzaga once again was ranked No. 1 in the country at some point and had great wins over Oregon, Washington, and Arizona to prove who the best out west was. And even after slipping at BYU, the Bulldogs won the rest of their games, including all three in the WCC Tournament to win another title for the program. Three wins over rival Saint Mary’s are also included.
That Tuesday night proved to be the last “normal” day of college basketball before the Covid-19 pandemic became a national story. It’s been months since Gonzaga Basketball has been on the court but if things go well in the next two months, Nov. 25 will be the start of the season.
For the Bulldogs, in particular, there will be a number of storylines to watch in the next several months. It includes on the court, individual players, scheduling, WCC games, and recruiting, where some more history could be made as well. Here are 10 specific topics to keep in mind.