Mark Few and the Gonzaga Bulldogs jumped in late to the Trent Perry sweepstakes, and it wasn’t a big surprise to see the four-star combo guard from Harvard Westlake High School stay in California and commit to the USC Trojans on Friday.
However, missing out on Perry could be a blessing in disguise for the Zags, who likely no longer face competition from the Trojans for four-star point guard Zoom Diallo.
According to a report from Twitter insider Trilly Donovan, the Diallo recruitment is down to three schools: Arizona, Washington, and Gonzaga. Alabama is still ‘lingering around’ according to Donovan, but they project this will be a two-man race between the Zags and Huskies, with USC no longer in the running.
Of course, Arizona is hard to ignore here and in fact recruiting service On3 has the Wildcats with the best odds to land their 22nd ranked prospect in 2024, giving them 39.3% odds compared to 23.1% for the Zags.
Diallo is a 6’4 point guard from Tacoma, Washington. He began his high school career at Curtis High School but is now playing at Prolific Prep in California. He is a top 30 ranked prospect at every well-known recruiting service, and his size, style of play, and relentless ability to get to the rim makes him a great fit for an up-tempo offense like Gonzaga’s, although Tommy Lloyd and Arizona can sell a similar style in Tucson.
Gonzaga currently does not have any future commits, although all signs point to 2025 forward Nik Khamenia, a current high school teammate of Perry, picking the Zags soon after taking an official visit over Kraziness in the Kennel weekend.
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.