When you're a college basketball program that doesn't really recruit sure-bet professionals, it's never ideal to lose an underclassman you never could've imagined losing in November. So this is not an ideal situation for Gonzaga. But it's hard to blame Kelly Olynyk for reportedly deciding to take advantage of his out-of-nowhere junior season and bounce to the NBA Draft, and it's difficult to envision a scenario where the Zags don't endure the loss with grace and continue to operate at a high level.
And they could add another (even better) big, too.
Sources have told CBSSports.com that Gonzaga is heavily involved with Tulane's Josh Davis and UNLV's Mike Moser, both of whom are in the process of transferring and would be eligble to play immediately next season at a new school. Davis, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 17.6 points and 10.7 rebounds this season for the Green Wave. He's an interesting talent and one who would have no issues producing similar numbers in the West Coast Conference. Moser, also a 6-8 forward, only averaged 7.1 points and 6.1 rebounds this season. But it should be noted that he was injured much of the year and limited because he couldn't really figure out a way to play with teammates Anthony Bennett and Khem Birch. So the hope for Gonzaga's Mark Few -- or any coach who lands Moser, really -- is that an offseason of healing combined with a new environment will allow the Portland native to return to what he was a year ago, i.e., somebody who averaged 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds while garnering All-American consideration.
The Zags won't get Davis and Moser. But the Zags will get Davis or Moser. And when they do they'll cement their spot in the Top 25 (and one), become the overwhelming favorite in the WCC and be projected as an NCAA tournament team for the 16th consecutive year.
Such is life in Spokane.
So, no, this is not ideal for Gonzaga.
But, there's little doubt, Gonzaga is going to be just fine.