The Class of 2023 for the Gonzaga Bulldogs is off to a somewhat quiet start, with 4-star guard Dusty Stromer the only hard commitment so far.
However, Mark Few and the staff are in the mix for a handful of other high-level players from next year’s class, and could be closing in on wing prospect Kaden Cooper who listed the Zags among his top ten last month.
Another priority target for GU is Wesley Yates, who picked up an offer from Gonzaga back in April. Yates is a 4-star guard out of Beaumont, TX who has been rising up prospect rankings after an excellent showing at the Nike Peach Jam tournament this past month.
“One of the top five players I personally saw at Peach Jam,” Jason Jordan, the head recruiting analyst at Sports Illustrated, said on the Locked on Zags podcast. “He’s very versatile, he picks his spots. He would never force anything, he would definitely take his time. He was very methodical, ran off screens really well, knocked down shots, got to the basket…he’s super strong, super athletic, knows how to shield his body, get that defender on his hip. Super efficient as a finisher. Very tactical with his approach, a guy I was very very much impressed with.”
Jordan also had a chance to sit down with Yates at Peach Jam, and Yates told him he is planning to take a visit to Spokane – although a timeline was not specified.
While it’s obviously very encouraging that Yates is planning to take a visit, Jordan thinks the six-foot-four, 200 pound guard is far from making a decision about his collegiate future after his recent success on the circuit.
“I don’t think that will be over quickly, he really blew up at Peach Jam he was one of the best players I saw there,” Jordan continued. “He could still be picking up offers in the next month. He was unabashed in telling me he’s a big time Duke fan. They did reach out to him, they have not offered…His list of schools is super impressive, I think he is going to take his time and take those visits.”
As is customary for Gonzaga at this stage in their recruiting trials, Duke and Arkansas appear to be two of the biggest hurdles standing in the way of another hyper-athletic, score-first guard heading to Spokane.
Andy hosts the Locked on Zags and Locked on College Basketball podcasts, and serves Locked On in a marketing/digital content creator role as well. He lives just outside Portland with his wife Jenna and dog, Tillie.