When Tommy Lloyd left Gonzaga to take the head coaching job at Arizona, there was concern the staff would no longer pursue international prospects.
Gonzaga’s history of successful international recruiting speaks for itself, with players like Ronny Turiaf, Kelly Olynyk, Kevin Pangos, Domantas Sabonis, Pryzemek Karnowski and Rui Hachimura representing some of the best talent the program has ever seen.
However, the Zags aren’t giving up on the international pool just yet, and in fact they recently made the trek to check out a prospect currently being recruited by another WCC opponent, Randy Bennett’s Saint Mary’s Gaels.
That prospect is Alex Toohey, a 6’7 forward from the class of 2023 who is currently at the NBA Global Academy in Australia.
While it’s no surprise to see Bennett and his staff looking at Toohey, it’s nice to see the Zags get involved here as well, especially as his stock has continued to rise. Toohey specifically mentioned conversations with Saint Mary’s, Iowa State, and Providence in an article at 247Sports, and since then it appears he’s received interest not just from Gonzaga but Villanova, Duke, Michigan, Florida and Illinois as well.
Toohey describes himself as a player who can guard one-through-four on defense, and who can play above the rim while also knocking down shots.
At 6’7 he is reminiscent of the Julian Strawther and Corey Kispert big wing or small-ball four type player, and if he can shoot anywhere close to the level those two guys can he would be a great addition for the Zags.
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