Zach Norvell is back enrolled in classes at Gonzaga while he rehabs from an injury. He is going to help out with the basketball program as well, according to a source familiar with the situation.
Norvell has not played professionally since the 2019-20 season, when he appeared in five NBA games with the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors.
He also spent time in the G-League, averaging 15.2 points and 4.5 rebounds in 29 games with the South Bay Lakers and 12.4 points and 5.4 rebounds in seven games with the Santa Cruz Warriors.
Norvell spent three years at Gonzaga, although he redshirted during the 2016-17 season. Across 74 games with the Zags, Norvell averaged 13.8 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.7 assists while shooting 56% on two pointers and 37% from deep.
Norvell’s stroke from the left side was a sight to behold, and his relentless attacks on the rim and tenacious defense made him a fan favorite. So much so, in fact, that a lot of people lamented his decision to leave early and try his hand in the NBA.
It did not help that Norvell went undrafted in 2019 before bouncing between the Lakers and Warriors in his first professional season.
It’s unclear if Norvell will be around the team long-term or if he is going to sign somewhere once his rehab is complete. For now, his presence around the team (in any capacity) will help Gonzaga’s guards elevate their game even more ahead of the 2022-23 campaign.
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