The grad transfer made a lot of sacrifices to play on this Gonzaga team, but was a big part of what made the Zags so tough to beat all season long. If anyone on this year’s Gonzaga squad embodied sacrifice, it was Aaron Cook.
As the unabashed and self-appointed conductor of the Ayayi Express, saying farewell to our French guard is a particularly bittersweet exercise for me. It has been almost exactly four years since Joel Ayayi announced his commitment to Gonzaga on April 27, 2017.
The Zags’ point guard was one of a kind Jalen Suggs is a unique player in the history of Gonzaga basketball. There has only been one previous “one-and-done” player in the program’s history, and with all due respect to Zach Collins, no prospect has been as hyped as Suggs.
This isn’t the last you heard from the Zags. I have had over a week to reflect and think. That outcome was obviously not the goal but the best part about sports is that there’s always next season and next season is looking to be another special group.
From freshman with clean cut hair to flow and a first-round draft pick. The four-year story of Corey Kispert’s rise at Gonzaga is rather remarkable, a microcosm of sorts reflecting Gonzaga’s overall rise in the world of college basketball.
At the conclusion of March Madness, the NCAA hands out the Most Outstanding Player Award to the best player from that year's tournament. How many from the last 40 years on the men's side can you name in six minutes?