Is This Gonzaga’s Year?

With last year’s college basketball season ending due to cancellation because of Covid-19. I thought it was time to look at teams that look to be poised to win the National Championship for the 2020-2021 campaign. We are less than thirty days away from the season to start and with that being said the first team that we are going to be talking about is Gonzaga. The Bulldogs have had head coach Mark Few since 1999-2000, and have made the tournament every year under Few. Gonzaga was going to make the NCAA tournament last season, and could have very well earned themselves a number one seed. Now after a year where we didn’t get a National Champion, lets take a peak at the 2020-2021 Gonzaga roster.


Key Players:

Jalen Suggs (G):

Suggs was one of the most entertaining High School players in the country last season. He is also the first ever top ten recruit to commit to Gonzaga as well. Gonzaga is known for putting a great team together of guys who weren’t highly recruited. Suggs is the complete opposite of what Gonzaga has been building for years. He is this very energetic guard that can get his own shot anyway shape or form. Suggs was the number six recruit in the country, but he was easily top two in my opinion. The Six foot four inch point guard has big upside as a combo guard. He is my early pick for National Freshman Of The Year. Remember the name Jalen Suggs as he is going to be big time for the Bulldogs this season.


Corey Kispert (F):

The senior from Edmonds Washington really showed out in his junior season. He was originally planning to go into the NBA Draft, but he decided to return to Gonzaga for his senior season. Kispert saw a big increase in his scoring from his sophomore season to his junior season. He also played a bigger role last year, and flourished in it. The Six foot seven inch forward will look to take on a heavier workload in the front court this season and I am excited to see what Kispert can do in his senior season. Look for him to try and help lead this Gonzaga team to a National Championship for the first time in school history.



Killian Tillie

Killian Tillie will definitely be missed in the 2020-2021 season for Gonzaga. Tillie was a do it all type of power forward who shot 54 percent from the field and 40 percent from beyond the arc. He was a matchup nightmare for most team’s big mans. Tillie also helped take pressure off of Corey Kispert last season. Gonzaga is going to miss Tillie, but is this the best team that they have had in a while?


Final Thoughts:

The Gonzaga Bulldogs are primed to win their conference yet again, but I think they are in their best position to win their first National Championship ever. The duo of Suggs and Kispert might be one of the best duos that Gonzaga has ever had. This team also is getting Andrew Nembhard the junior transfer guard from Florida which will be a great addition to their back court. Also expect a bigger role for sophomore forward Drew Timme as well. This Gonzaga team is solid and could be a force to be reckoned with come March.


Where Will They Finish?

Sweet 16: 75%

Elite Eight: 55%

Final Four: 35%

National Championship: 20%

Win The National Championship: 15%


-Chris Jones (@cjoneswho1212)

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