Gonzaga added some depth to its roster on Wednesday night as San Jose State transfer forward Brandon Clarke pledged to the Bulldogs.
The 6-foot-8 Clarke left the Spartans late this summer after the abrupt resignation of former head coach Dave Wojcik in mid-July. As a sophomore last season, Clarke put up 17.5 points, 8.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game while shooting 58 percent from the field. Clarke was named an All-Mountain West first team selection while also being named to the league’s All-Defensive team.
By adding Clarke, Gonzaga is giving itself a potential impact player in a few years as he’ll have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer restrictions. When he’s able to return for the 2018-19 season, Clarke will have two seasons of eligibility remaining.
Gonzaga has been very successful navigating the transfer market the last few seasons and they’ve done a great job of developing players during a redshirt year. It’ll be fascinating to see what Gonzaga can do with a player like Clarke, as he has never had a lot of talent around him, yet still produced at an all-league level.