South Florida landed a graduate transfer for next season as former Gonzaga forward Angel Nunez committed to the Bulls. Since the 6-foot-8 Nunez is graduating, he is immediately eligible to play next season. A source confirmed Nunez to heading to the AAC and he took a visit to the South Florida campus late last week.
Nunez started his career at Louisville before moving on to the Bulldogs, where he averaged 2.7 points per game last season. It’s uncertain if Nunez can contribute at a high level because he has never played more than 176 minutes in a college season.
The Bulls are also bringing in Maryland transfer Roddy Peters and a junior college guard in Shawn Smith, who was formerly at Texas A&M, and the transfer market has become a priority for head coach Orlando Antigua.
Gonzaga forward granted an additional year of eligibility
Gonzaga received some good news from the NCAA as forward Angel Nunez received an additional year of eligibility, NBCSports.com confirmed with a source. The redshirt junior started his career at Louisville and transferred to Gonzaga and lost a season due to a concussion before transferring at the semester break.
The 6-foot-8 Nunez is a key reserve for Gonzaga and provides good depth, length and athleticism off the bench. Nunez has played in 21 games this season for the Bulldogs and averages 7.7 minutes per game. In those minutes, Nunez averages 3.4 points and 2.3 rebounds while shooting 59 percent from the field and 35 percent from 3-point range.
By returning next season, Nunez is an experienced piece who can provide valuable minutes for Gonzaga off the bench. He’s been in plenty of games in his college basketball career and knows the program well. Nunez is a small part of a very successful program, but he does his part nonetheless.
Przemek Karnowski finished with 15 points, nine boards and seven blocks to lead four players in double figures as No. 24 Gonzaga knocked off St. Mary’s 73-51 on Thursday night in the Kennel.
Yes, the Zags won by 22 points.
Yes, they did it without Gary Bell Jr. in the lineup and with Sam Dower doing, quite literally, nothing in the seven minutes that he played.
And no, the game was not as close as the final score would indicate. The Zags were up by 30 at one point, and Gonzaga didn’t allow St. Mary’s to hit a three or notch their first assist until the game was in garbage time.
In a word, this was a beatdown, one that isn’t all that surprising once you consider just how poorly the Gaels played out in Hawaii.
But that’s not what’s intriguing to me.
Louisville transfer Angel Nunez is. He went for 13 points and eight boards in the win and is now averaging 9.0 points and 5.3 boards in just 13.3 minutes in the three games for the Zags. The 6-foot-8, 200 pound forward brings a different dimension to the Gonzaga front court. He’s athletic, he can defend, he can put the ball on the floor and get to the rim. He may not be Elias Harris, but there aren’t many players in the WCC that can match up with Nunez.
And given the issues that Mark Few has on his front line, continued production from Nunez could make all the difference in the world for Gonzaga.
On Nunez’s Instagram photo, the caption read, “New home, new team…Officially a Gonzaga Bulldog.” Nunez’s Twitter account also had the bio changed, reading “Guard/Forward for Gonzaga University…”
Right before the fall semester ended, the sophomore forward decided to leave the Louisville program. As a sophomore, Nunez sat out the first 10 games with a concussion. The season before as a freshman, the 6-foot-8 forward only saw an average of 4.6 minutes per game and that didn’t seem to be changing heading into his sophomore campaign.