College basketball recruiting: Gonzaga lands grad send Geno Crandall to indurate Final Four chances
July 6, 2018 - Basketballs
is heating up.
Recent transformation with transfers and NBA Draft decisions are because Kansas and Kentucky find themselves in position to strive for No. 1 in a preseason polls. And Thursday, another group with Final Four expectations — Gonzaga — softened a register by adding a important player.
Geno Crandall was among a top-end mid-major players in a nation in 2017-18, though after graduating from North Dakota, he done an even bigger name for himself as one of a best players on a immediately authorised send list. Crandall announced his joining Thursday afternoon on Twitter.
While Crandall isn’t a famous name via many of college hoops, his oath to a Bulldogs warrants some discerning analysis, and potentially a shuffling of. Gonzaga’s already bringing behind a lot from a 32-win group (Rui Hachimura, Killian Tillie, Josh Perkins and Zach Norvell Jr.). Crandall could yield even some-more coherence and ability for a backcourt. He averaged 16.6 points, 4.3 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.1 steals final year for North Dakota.
Plus, he also roughly led UND to a highway dissapoint over … Gonzaga!
North Dakota lost 89-83 during a Kennel on Dec. 16. Crandall had a game-high 28 points.
I adore that Few watched this man roughly lead a bad North Dakota group (the Fighting Hawks went 12-20 final season) to a shocker in Spokane. And 8 months later, he successfully recruits him to finish out his college career with Gonzaga.
Crandall is a good 3-point shooter (41.4 percent, adult from 35.9 percent as a sophomore). But Perkins, who had shoulder medicine in April, has a intensity to be a top-20 actor in college hoops. Crandall as his backup is good word for a Zags. What creates Crandall such a clever further is his ability to play off a ball, too, and a 6-3 Perkins and 6-4 Crandall could share a court.
With this register refinement, Gonzaga’s in row for top-five status. GU’s substantially going to find a biggest aspirant out west in Nevada. That’s right: a West Coast Conference and a Mountain West could breeze adult carrying teams improved than anyone in a Pac-12.
Gonzaga’s won during slightest 28 games and mislaid no some-more than 3 WCC games 6 years running. Crandall entrance aboard should assistance Gonzaga pull closer to a second Final Four in 3 years.