Nov 9, 2006

Adam Morrison Watch: Day 8

Charlotte lost. Morrison posted 12 on abysmal shooting (2-11). But hey, dude's averaging 15 pts per game off the bench.

Meanwhile, the bigger question: how will Gonzaga fare in his absence?
The Zags, who open Friday night against Eastern Washington, lost Morrison and J.P. Batista, who combined were worth 47.5 points and 14.9 rebounds per game.

But after four Sweet 16 appearances in eight seasons, the bar has been set. Nobody really believes Gonzaga is ever rebuilding.

Truth is, they're undergoing the next thing to it. Take the loss of Morrison and Batista and a non-league schedule that can only be termed frightful, and the Zags appear to be in for a season in which some lumps are coming.

But in their best-case scenario, that means growing and learning and again being a factor come March.

"I would say so," said Few. "I think it's a year when we'll have to be really, really disciplined and detailed, really tight with all our execution on offense, defense and rebounding — and hoping the whole is so much greater than the sum of the parts."

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