The college basketball analysts over at Field of 68 set out to rank the top 25 frontcourt duos heading into the 2022-23 season, and the Gonzaga Bulldogs pair of Drew Timme and Julian Strawther came in at No. 2 on the list behind North Carolina’s Armando Bacot and Pete Nance.
While no one is 100% certain how Gonzaga is going to deploy their bevy of weapons next year, it seems like Strawther will be elevated to the small-ball four role to make room for the five guards who all need playing time this upcoming season – Malachi Smith, Rasir Bolton, Hunter Sallis, Nolan Hickman, and Dominick Harris.
Of course, a lineup with Strawther and Timme is only part of the equation in GU’s frontcourt, with LSU transfer Efton Reid and incoming senior Anton Watson expected to handle the majority of the backup minutes – with Ben Gregg, Kaden Perry, and freshman Braden Huff on hand as depth options as well.
It’s hard to imagine Gonzaga wouldn’t come in at No. 1 if the entirety of each team’s frontcourt was in consideration, but this is purely a ranking of the best duos in college hoops – and the folks at the Field of 68 felt the combination of Bacot and Nance gives the Tar Heels a slight advantage.
After North Carolina and Gonzaga the rest of the top five is Creighton (Ryan Kalkbrenner and Arthur Kaluma) Kentucky (Oscar Tshiebwe and Jacob Toppin) and Michigan (Hunter Dickinson and Terrance Williams).
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