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Gonzaga’s strength this season will be with their backcourt.
The Bulldogs return juniors Kevin Pangos and Gary Bell Jr., who have been elements of consistency in their first two seasons, but the two guards will be asked to finally take the lead in this offense.
The Zags also add transfer Gerard Coleman, who averaged 13.2 PPG for Providence in the Big East two seasons ago. After an offseason to learn the Gonzaga system and work on his game, expectations are very high for Coleman as he is integrated with an already very well respected backcourt.
Also in the mix is senior point guard David Stockton, who was a catalyst for the Gonzaga offense off the bench. He was played in a three-guard rotation or more often paired with Pangos, who would move over to shooting guard, and he was very effective in breaking full court pressure and zones last season.
While many expect the starting backcourt to be a three-guard set with Pangos, Bell Jr. and Coleman leading the team in minutes, there is a possibility that, out of necessity, the Zags will run a four-guard rotation.
All of Gonzaga’s guards can shoot at a high percentage from beyond the arc, and with a big man like Karnowski to clean up the glass in the middle, the Zags could rely on backdoor cuts through an open paint area and three pointers to score.
It will certainly be interesting to see how this backcourt rotation works itself out at the beginning of the season.