It appears that the opening game of the 2008/2009 season will have some important visitors for the Gonzaga Bulldogs.
-TKR can confirm that Kelly Olynyk, a teammate of Manny Arop at NEDA, is on campus for his official visit. He is accompanied by his parents, and was being shown around campus by Coach Lloyd and Coach Few. The 6'10 forward has yet to receive and offer from Coach Few and the staff, but there is a good chance that this will occur while he is on the visit.
Olynyk is pencil thin, and it is unlikely that he will be able to contribute next year. However, with his great shooting ability, and a frame that can clearly carry more weight, Olynyk could be a key contributor for the Zags down the line. The beauty of the 09' class that the staff has recruited is that while Manny, Sam, and potentially Kelly are all highly skilled at this point, they also are nowhere near being finished products.
-Also expected in attendance for the game tomorrow night is Brett Kingma. Kingma is one of the top guards in the west for the class of 2011, and was on campus for Kraziness in the Kennel. The Mill Creek, Washington native appears to be a player in the mold of Dan Dickau and Blake Stepp. While it is obviously early in his recruitment, I would not be surprised if Kingma commits to Gonzaga fairly soon.
- One player who will not be on campus in the coming week is Cole Stefan. Stefan, a teammate of Sam Dower for Net Gain Sports was scheduled to visit for the Idaho game on Tuesday. However, TKR can confirm that due to some school conflicts and scheduling issues, Stefan has decided to reschedule his visit.
Stefan is regarded by many to be the top player in the state of Minnesota for the class of 2010. He is a dead-eye shooter, and has really improved the rest of his game over the past summer. Stefan is starting to receive lots of interest from the Big 10, but after securing Sam Dower, I consider the Zags to be a major player in the Stefan sweepstakes.