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Catching up with Gonzaga’s Mark Few
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On March 2, 2013 @ 11:00 am In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Nicole Auerbach, USA TODAY Sports
There’s a lot of buzz surrounding this Gonzaga men’s basketball team. Like, a lot a lot. Coming off a win at BYU on Thursday night, the Zags are one Portland win away from what appears to be the No. 1 ranking in the USA TODAY Sports coaches poll.
This may be coach Mark Few’s best team in his 14 seasons with the Bulldogs; opposing coaches have said they’ve struggled to find weaknesses in this Gonzaga team because it’s so balanced offensively and can hurt you inside or out. Redshirt junior Kelly Olynyk, an All-America candidate and media favorite, is a huge part of the Bulldogs’ punishing frontcourt along with senior forward Elias Harris, who averages 14.4 points and 7.5 rebounds a game. The Olynyk-Harris duo is one of the best in the nation, and it’s no surprise Few wants to compliment the unheralded half.
Few caught up with USA TODAY Sports Friday afternoon to discuss Harris’ spectacular college career, his team’s focus heading into the West Coast Conference tournament and the most wide-open NCAA tournament field he can think of:
Few on Elias Harris, who’s quietly putting together one of the best Gonzaga careers in program history:
“He’s going to go down in history when you look at rebounds. He’s going to end up second all-time, basically first in modern history. I think he’ll end up third or fourth in points. I bet he’s probably going to end up first in wins, I would think. … (He’s) unbelievably valuable. (Thursday night against BYU), he had two big-time big-man plays. In a crowd, went up and got a rebound. Lays it in. He’s provided leadership. He provides toughness. He provides that athleticism that some other guys don’t have. And versatility — he’s a real versatile guy.”
Few on the week in between Gonzaga’s final regular-season game (Sunday vs. Portland) and its first game in the WCC tournament (the following Saturday):
“We take a couple of days off, and then practice hard. We get to work on a variety of things, things that we haven’t maybe seen thus far or seen recently — whether it’s zones … [For more on Coach's Corner: Catching up with Gonzaga's Mark Few, click here.]
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