For the next few months, each week I will speak with two high school seniors, signed with programs, that I consider are underrated prospects.
This week I begin with Gonzaga signee, Julian Strawther, one of the 2020 classes’ best scorers.
High school season is in the books for Top-40 senior Julian Strawther which now leaves his focus on his next chapter, Gonzaga. He did have his list cut prior to his commitment. Strawther’s final-10 was Washington, Florida, Florida State, Gonzaga, USC, UNLV, California, Marquette, Oklahoma, and UCLA. But ultimately he chose the Zags.
“Gonzaga is best for me because they have the best scoring offense in the entire nation year in and year out and Coach Few allows his players to play free.” Playing his own game has taken Strawther far in both AAU and school ball, but this senior campaign was an insane one for him which included several 30, 40, and even 50, point games.
“Personally, I can score at all three levels and use my size and shooting ability to get to my spots,” Strawther said of his game. For me, I think the most underrated part of his scoring abilities is his ability to get to the rim and finish, although, his catch and shoot game is one that could be scary at the next level.
One of the final games of his high school career was against AAU teammate Jaden Hardy which Strawther ended with 35 points and a major home victory.
Joining him in Spokane is another underrated guard who I’ve covered for years in dynamic two-way guard, Dominick Harris. These two have become the closest of friends since being committed to the Zags and their close bond was contagious, and it spread onto five-star guard Jalen Suggs who’d also commit to the Zags.
The three took official visits to Spokane together in October and all described it in their own ways such as ‘wild’ or ‘insane’ and then the three were poured on with chants of “Tricky trio,” which ultimately could become a reality if Suggs opts to go to Gonzaga rather than overseas.
Strawther calls the 2020 class headed to Spokane: “Different”
Oh, and he made some pretty bold predictions. When I asked him what he believes Gonzaga will do in his first season on the roster, his answer? “Win the 2020-21 National Championship.” Music to Zags fans ears.
Finally, I asked Strawther, how do you describe yourself, “Who is Julian Strawther?”
“Julian Strawther is a kid chasing his dreams, just trying to make a difference in his family.”