The Gonzaga Bulldogs still have just one player committed in the class of 2023, although Mark Few and his staff are involved in the recruitment of a handful of prospects ranked inside the top 100 of 247Sports’ most updated class rankings.
247Sports revealed their updated list on Monday, with uncommitted point guard Isaiah Collier taking over the top spot from guard DJ Wagner, who is also uncommitted although he appears likely to land at Kentucky with coach John Calipari.
Gonzaga’s lone commit in 2023 is Dusty Stromer, who fell from No. 34 to No. 48 overall in the latest updated rankings. However, despite the drop in the rankings, Stromer was a beast during the AAU season. He earned spots on multiple EYBL All-Session teams, and made the 10-man All-Star team at the NBPA Top 100 camp this summer.
Stromer will have plenty of opportunities to move up the rankings during his senior season at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California. He’ll be teammates with Caleb Foster (Duke) and 2024 prospect Mercy Miller (Houston). A real shot at winning a state championship awaits Stromer, and no doubt Gonzaga will be watching how his game develops very closely.
Elsewhere on the updated 247Sports rankings sits a trio of uncommitted prospects with ties to Gonzaga. First up is Wesley Yates, who listed the Zags in his top nine about a week ago. The Beaumont, Texas native went from No. 27 to No. 35 in the rankings.
Meanwhile, small forward Kaden Cooper went from No. 159 to No. 57, a huge jump for a player worth keeping a very close eye on after he listed Gonzaga in his top ten last month.
Finally, quick-rising center Jacob McFarland (Moreno Valley, CA) went from unranked all the way to No. 99 in the latest update. He has not released a list yet, but was very excited to hear from the Zags a few weeks ago when they reached out.
Gonzaga’s consistently excellent developmental program, and their ability to pull high level players via the transfer portal, should alleviate any concerns about the quantity of players in the class of 2023 – as well as where they show up in the rankings.
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.