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    As someone stated in another current thread, I don’t think anyone on the Zags current roster has more of an upside than Angel Nunez. In fact, I will go one thought further and say there has not been a more athletic, quasi big man (six-six or above) with as much potential come to Gonzaga as Nunez. I admit that I have no idea if Nunez is fully capable of harnessing his athletic potential. Is he not coachable? Does he lack desire or motivation? Does he have attitude issues or not gel with teammates? Were there issues at Louisville other than playing time and an injury that caused his early departure?

    If none of the above is the correct answer, than the staff should keep Nunez in Spokane this summer and encourage this young man to strive on and off the court to reach for excellence. We have been told that in practice, Nunez has a terrific jump shot extending to the three point range. With a full summer of hard work in Spokane and bucketfulls of encouragement from the coaching staff, Gonzaga, would have another All American next year and a hellava basketball team.

  • #2
    Nunez is gonna waste away on the bench next year... no room for him

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    • #3
      I thought Daye had an enormous amount of potential, between length, skill, shooting ability, timing, etc. plus decent athleticism. Nunez doesn't have that kind of combination, but he does seem to have a lot of tools to work with. Daye's potential was largely unrealized. I'm not overly optimistic about how Nunez' career is going to play out at GU.

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      • #4
        I think Nunez has a lot of potential, but not as much as Heytvelt and Daye.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Unbiased View Post
          As someone stated in another current thread, I don’t think anyone on the Zags current roster has more of an upside than Angel Nunez. In fact, I will go one thought further and say there has not been a more athletic, quasi big man (six-six or above) with as much potential come to Gonzaga as Nunez. I admit that I have no idea if Nunez is fully capable of harnessing his athletic potential. Is he not coachable? Does he lack desire or motivation? Does he have attitude issues or not gel with teammates? Were there issues at Louisville other than playing time and an injury that caused his early departure?

          If none of the above is the correct answer, than the staff should keep Nunez in Spokane this summer and encourage this young man to strive on and off the court to reach for excellence. We have been told that in practice, Nunez has a terrific jump shot extending to the three point range. With a full summer of hard work in Spokane and bucketfulls of encouragement from the coaching staff, Gonzaga, would have another All American next year and a hellava basketball team.
          i would suggest that both e.knight and micah downs had more talent than nunez based on what i've seen so far...nunez still has some time left though.

          these are the two aside from the already mentioned daye...to me josh.h is a different category as a true big (if we want to compare those similar to nunez).

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          • #6
            I think Angel will get every opportunity to work his magic next year. I hope he's ready. He came to GU to complete his game. And that's exactly what he needs to do.

            I have no doubt the coaches, trainers and Nunez know exactly what he needs to do to improve his game. It's up to him to get it done between now and the start of the new season. If he does, we could very well see the new Angel in uniform. If not, that will be evident fairly quickly, too.

            The first real sign I will be looking to see is Angel on the floor, knowing the plays and what to do, blending into the motion and purpose of the plays at hand.
            Go TEAM Zags !

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            • #7
              Originally posted by seacatfan View Post
              I thought Daye had an enormous amount of potential, between length, skill, shooting ability, timing, etc. plus decent athleticism. Nunez doesn't have that kind of combination, but he does seem to have a lot of tools to work with. Daye's potential was largely unrealized. I'm not overly optimistic about how Nunez' career is going to play out at GU.
              Daye's potential was largely unrealized?
              But we don't play nobody.

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              • #8
                I agree with his size and potential. Not sure I agree he will waste away on the bench. He has 2 more full years and that means 2 more full off-seasons to build some chemistry with the guys and Few. He didn't get recruited to Louisville for no reason. Is it possible his concussion has left him with some intensity issues? When could he officially practice normally with Gonzaga, based on doctors recommendations?

                Between Drano, Barham and Coleman, Nunez was the newest guy on the team when he was eligible just before the WCC started. I think Nunez's lack of PT was more on Few's playing the best and most WCC experienced. The similarity of GC and AN in playing time and "awkwardness", IMO demonstrates some evidence that Mark Fews 8 man rotation is very hard to crack with barely a year in the program.
                “People can talk. People can speculate. These guys are hungry and they're ready to go." Mark Few

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by sittingon50 View Post
                  Daye's potential was largely unrealized?
                  That's just my opinion, but yep. He had a decent career, but he barely scratched the surface of what he could've done. I honestly think he could've been close to a Morrison type of unstoppable scorer.

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                  • #10
                    Players need to realize their own potential, I don't believe there is a lack of coaching. I am no coach, but he looks lost when he is out there.

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                    • #11
                      I agree with Bart. He had time to learn what to do at both the offensive and defensive ends of the court. But like as been stated he started mid year and had been out over a year and his freshman year played very little. So this summer is when I would expect to see a large jump in his understanding of the college game. It will be up to home to start understanding when to do what. He has to learn how to play defense. He gambled too much, but I think he could be a very good player.

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                      • #12
                        He does look lost out there many games (he had a great game against SMC). But, he joined the team mid-way through of his Frosh year (essentially). He had to pick up on upper division basketball after missing all the intro classes earlier in the year.

                        Yes, no doubt, he could have possibly looked more organized and better. But, given the above and then not being able to play through anything b/c he joins in the conference season? I really don't think we should take much from last year. I am optimistic.
                        Whenever you find yourself on the side of the majority, it is time to pause and reflect.
                        Mark Twain.

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                        • #13
                          Needs to learn offense, too, both individually and the team offense. His zero assists speak volumes about the latter. As to the former, I only observed one offensive move: face up and bull rush the basket no matter who stands in the way.

                          He has a lot of athleticism and that silky touch. He just needs a ton more refinement and experience.

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                          • #14
                            I just realized that my post, which I placed in another thread, probably belongs here instead:


                            Originally Posted by ZagaZags View Post

                            Next season I would hope we see a big jump for Angel Nunez. This kid has all the tools.
                            and SittingOn50 said: "Angel will be a stud, IMO. If he gets it rollin' next year, look out."


                            Nunez needs to make 3 or 4 decisions on his way into the paint and on towards the basket. If you watch players like LeBron, Delly, Matt B., and others as they approach the paint they are just as likely to pass to an inside Big Man, kick it out to a 3 pt shooter, take it to the hoop, lift a floater, or pull up for a mid jumper. Their decisions are based on taking what the defense offers as well as that being their mental focus. If you watch Nunez on the perimeter, once he decides to go in, defenses can count on him going to the hoop. Some players don't have the reflexes and innate ability to slow time down that much while in the heat of battle (most of us). Others do, but don't develop it (Nunez). Others (aforementioned) can do both. I am not saying that is easy. I am saying until Nunez can slow time down as he approaches the hoop, and make 3 or 4 decisions along the way, he will not make the NBA. Discussing his defense is another whole story - but I do believe in him: if he can raise his BB IQ the sky is the limit. Just an opinion from a zag fanatic ....

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                            • #15
                              this thread is over the top delusional....some here seem to be talking about a player who avg 12-8 with a nice breakthrough season....NBA? this can't be real....its a long slog to the first 14-15 game so i suppose this is not the first such discussion.....

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