June 22, 2024


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Gonzaga Bulldogs have a deep bench in 2022-23

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Gonzaga Bulldogs

Continuing our countdown to the 2022-23 season, we now look at the Gonzaga Bulldogs’ bench.

Recently, the Gonzaga Bulldogs had a couple of years where their major players were one and done. Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren were five-star recruits who were only passing through Spokane on their way to the NBA.

Now that both are in the pros, Zags’ Head Coach Mark Few has time to create more stars. Drew Timme will bring this team to that national championship in 2023.

The Spokane Stache is not alone; he has help from returning Bulldogs stars, Rasir Bolton and Julian Strawther. We covered the likely starting five in a recent article, so now it’s time for the players that Few has coming off his bench.

The Sixth Man

Anton Watson

If Few runs a three-guard lineup, he’ll use Anton Watson, “The Quiet Enforcer,” as the sixth man to provide a spark off the bench. Watson is 6’8″ and weighs 225-pounds. When he comes into the game, Timme will play more of a traditional center role.

A one-two combo of Watson and Timme under the boards should frighten anyone in the WCC. On most other NCAA teams in the country, not only would Watsho be a starter, he’d be a focal point of the offense.

Last season Watson averaged 7.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game; and shot 53.8% from the field.

Next: Page 2 – Frontcourt Depth

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