Tuesday, April 15 2014, 07:54 AM MDT
Gonzaga Comes To Utah With Several Familiar Faces
By David James
(KUTV) For the first time in 19 years, the state of Utah does not have a team in the NCAA Tournament. But we aren’t completely shutout of March Madness because 8 teams will play six games this weekend at Energy Solutions Arena and a lot of Utahns will find it easy to root for one of the teams.
Gonzaga has earned a number one seed for the first time in school history. The one-time Cinderella is now a big dog and they come to Utah with several familiar names. Former Utah Head Coach Ray Giacoletti is in his sixth year as a Gonzaga assistant coach. Giacoletti says he wants to be a head coach again, but is content for now. Giacoletti says he talks often with former Jazz star John Stockton, whose son David plays on the team.
David Stockton is a junior and a role player on the team. He has played in 100 games, but started just two. Stockton says when he was younger he always assumed he would come back and play in the same building his dad played in, but as he grew older he realized how hard it was to get there.
Donnie Daniels was an assistant on the Ute team that went to the 1998 NCAA title game and is now an assistant at Gonzaga. In between those jobs he was an assistant at UCLA when the Bruins went to three straight Final Fours. Daniels says those teams had coach players, good coaching and great chemistry. In his experience, good people who get along give a team an extra boost. Daniels says he is still in touch with Utah assistant Tommy Connor and Daniels believes the Utes rebuilding project is right on track.
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