have to prove that there is room in the starting rotation

Now that we are in the long, dark, and cold offseason, it is time for us
to take a big look at the Gonzaga Bulldogs recruiting efforts for the
upcoming seasons.



First off, let’s take a quick look at the scholarship chart, as it stands right now.



The Zags have a solid core going in for the 2018 19 season. Josh
Perkins will theoretically be the veteran point guard, and he will be
backed up by both Jesse Wade and Joel Ayayi. Zack Norvell and Rui
Hachimura are pegged to be explosive scoring options, with Corey Kispert
providing some size on the wing.



That said, you can easily see the areas where the Zags need to
focus, and that is up front. Gonzaga will only have Killian Tillie and
Jacob Larsen as the big bodies up front, and that leads directly into
one of Gonzaga’s biggest priority recruits for the 2018 class.



Kamaka Hepa, Jefferson High School, Portland, Oregon

Hepa is a 6’9, 210 power forward who would be the jewel of the Zags
recruiting class. He is a four star forward who is ranked as the top
player out of Oregon, and the No. 38 player nationally, according to
247Sports. Luckily for the Zags, the Crystal Ball of 247Sports also has
Hepa attending GU.

Now, a player this good is going to come with a lot of competition.
And go figure, there are a lot of names you will recognize on this list
of offers Texas, USC, Arizona, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State,
Oregon Nigel Williams-Goss Jersey, Wichita State, and Stanford.

His profile is also only going to increase as time goes on. He
originally grew up in Barrow, Alaska the northernmost city in the United
States and is a two time winner of the Gatorade Player of the Year. He
moved to Portland last season to finish out his final two years of high
school and get a bigger name in the process .



Hepa has been slow to take his visits to schools, and his
recruitment looks like it will be in for the long haul. The Zags have
been on Hepa nearly forever, and they boast the advantage of another
Jefferson High School alum to sing the praises of Mark Few and staff in
Silas Melson.



Taeshon Cherry, St. Augustine High School, San Diego https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/zach-collins-jersey-c-17.html, California

Cherry is another four star power forward, coming in at 6’8 and 210
pounds. He is the No. 7 ranked player in the state of California and the
No. 64 ranked player overall by 247Sports. If the Zags were able to get
both Cherry and Hepa, then you have your front court set for a lifetime
or four years .



The Zags have offered Cherry, and his official visit is coming in
the near future. He is taking his recruiting rather slowly, but in mid
May, he revealed his final eight schools Arizona, Florida State, Go Zags
https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/killian-tillie-jersey-c-18.html, Oregon, San Diego State, Texas A M , UCLA, and USC.



Going forward, it is a surefire bet that the Zags will see Arizona
tied in with any recruit from the west coast, and landing Cherry would
be finding a slight crack in that recruiting armor.



Tevian Jones, Chandler High School, Chandler, Arizona

Jones is a 6’5 winger...and probably let’s just stop there. Although
he has reported Gonzaga has been recruiting him, the fact of the matter
is he is the best player in the state of Arizona. And not to harp on a
broken drum, but the University of Arizona exists in Arizona. The Zags
haven’t offered Jones yet, and he hasn’t taken an official visit, but
the interest is there.



For Gonzaga to land Jones, they will have to prove that there is
room in the starting rotation for him immediately, and that may be
difficult to do with Kispert and Hachimura blocking the entrance.



That, for the most part, is it on the big name players the Zags are recruiting domestically. David Singleton, who https://www.gonzagabulldogsjersey.com/ryan-edwards-jersey-c-16.html
they made a hard push for, and Brandon Williams both decided to commit
elsewhere. As it stands right now, the Zags have five scholarships to
give.



Which means we can probably expect a foreign name to jump up out of
nowhere sort of like Joel Ayayi , and possibly we can expect a few grad
transfers to pop in as well after next season .
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