Although the NBA Playoffs are currently in session, and March Madness only recently culminated, it’s never too early for us to make our first spotlight article. Many teams show great potential for the upcoming year, but this week we will highlight: The Gonzaga Bulldogs.
Gonzaga had a perfect regular-season record last season and lost in a heartbreaker championship game to Baylor to top it off. While they have lost notable names such as Jalen Suggs and Corey Kispert to the NBA Draft, they have acquired some great freshmen who could help them repeat their success, notably Chet Holmgren. The tandem of Holmgren and Drew Timme in the frontcourt will indubitably be unstoppable, with the two best big men in college basketball on the same team. Andrew Nembhard was a major part of their success this year and was a great scorer off the bench, with him returning, Gonzaga has a combo guard who will be their leader unless Mark Few decides to switch things up a little bit.
The competition is lackluster at the moment, with no team having an answer for Timme and Holmgren and the explosive potential in the backcourt. UCLA and Baylor have downgraded with their top stars committing for the NBA Draft, but they may be able to attract new recruits designed to stop Gonzaga. It isn’t too far-fetched; teams in college basketball and the NBA have done things reminiscent of this before, and with more diversity of talent in the transfer portal I think they’ll make moves this offseason.
Gonzaga’s chemistry may be a problem, with so many new players and positional adjustments the players will have to learn the ropes fast if they want to start on top. Regardless, at the time, Gonzaga seems unstoppable no matter other factors and is our early prediction to win March Madness.