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Gerard Coleman will look to build off his redshirt season.
There is a lot of excitement surrounding two transfers who will be eligible to play this season for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Former Providence standout Gerard Coleman put on a show at last season’s Midnight Madness, and many fans expect him to carry this same energy forward into the 2013-14 season.
After seeing the impact that a redshirt season can have on a player such as Olynyk, who went from bench player to All-American, Gonzaga fans are excited to see what Coleman, who averaged 13.2 points per game in the Big East, can accomplish after his season off.
Also of note is Louisville transfer Angel Nunez, who will be eligible to play after the first semester next season. Nunez, a long-armed wing player, should provide solid perimeter defense for the Zags off the bench.
Incoming freshmen Ryan Edwards, a 7-footer out of Montana, and Luke Meikle, a 6’8” perimeter player from Tacoma, Wash., are not expected to do much in their first years. Both players figure to fit into the Gonzaga system well, but neither possesses the upside to contribute immediately.
Best-Case Scenario: Coleman comes off his redshirt season and provides Gonzaga with a third scoring option in its backcourt that has been missing since Steven Gray graduated two seasons ago.
Nunez becomes a defensive stopper on the perimeter, solving one of Gonzaga’s greatest weaknesses. Gonzaga can hope to receive some production from Edwards and Meikle, but honestly, a true win would be for both to have a redshirt season to better prepare themselves for the college game.
Worst-Case Scenario: Coleman turns out to be an empty promise, and Nunez shows why he did not play significant minutes for Louisville last season. Edwards is forced to play his freshman season to provide depth in the frontcourt and is visibly outmatched all year.