Josh Perkins and Silas Melson are the team’s most experienced
Johnathan Williams has withdrawn from the NBA Draft and will return for his senior season at Gonzaga, The Spokesman Review has learned.
Williams declared for the draft last month but didn’t hire an agent Przemek Karnowski Jersey, retaining the option of returning to GU.
Wednesday was the deadline for underclassmen to pull out of the draft. Williams took his decision down to the wire because he had workouts with Toronto on Monday and Denver on Tuesday.
Williams will be Gonzaga’s top returning scorer 10.2 points and shot blocker 36 . He was the team’s top rebounder 6.4 . He averaged 10.6 points and 7.8 rebounds in WCC games and earned first team honors.
The 6 foot 9 forward stabilizes a frontcourt that lost 7 footers Przemek Karnowski graduation , Zach Collins NBA Draft and Ryan Edwards, who elected not to play his senior season.
Karnowski won the Kareem Abdul Jabbar Award given to the nation’s top center. Collins is projected as a lottery pick.
The Zags lost three starters – Karnowski, Jordan Mathews graduation and Nigel Williams Goss NBA Draft – from their 37 win squad.
Williams, Josh Perkins and Silas Melson are the team’s most experienced returning players.
Williams’ return is big to a frontcourt that is talented but young and largely unproven. Killian Tillie , a rising sophomore https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/jordan-mathews-jersey-c-4.html, was a contributor in the rotation last season. Rui Hachimura and Jacob Larsen, who missed last season with an ACL injury, could take on important roles.
The Zags are also in the mix for Cal graduate transfer Kameron Rooks, a 7 1 center who averaged 4.9 points and 4.5 rebounds last season.