Zags make it official with grad transfer guard from Southern Illinois

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SPOKANE, Wash. – The Zags have had good fortune with signing graduate transfers as guards in the past several years. Aaron Cook from Southern Illinois will have his shot next.

On Thursday morning, Gonzaga announced the 6-2, 185-pound guard signed a financial aid agreement, and will be able to play for the Zags next season. This is a position they need reinforcement in, as Admon Gilder Jr. and Ryan Woolridge finished out their eligibility for the Bulldogs in an unfinished 2020 season.

Head coach Mark Few reiterated the need for guards in the school’s press release.

“Aaron will be a great addition and teammate. We’ve been blessed to have great grad-transfers, and Aaron will be along those lines. He is going to help us a bunch next season.”

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Also from the press release:

Cook played in just six games as a senior before suffering a broken right (shooting) hand against Murray State on Nov. 19. He had surgery and will receive a medical redshirt. Cook was leading the Salukis in scoring (15.0) and assists (3.3) when his season was cut short. He was shooting 55.2 percent from the field. Cook earned a spot on The Sunshine Slam All-Tournament team after averaging 17 points, 4.3 steals, 3.7 assists and 2.7 rebounds over the four games in the event in Florida in November. He became the fourth player in program history to record seven or more steaks in a game, making seven versus Oakland on Nov. 10.

This signing comes a day after Jalen Suggs, a five-star recruit, signed his National Letter of Intent to play at Gonzaga next season. Even with his name signed on a financial aid agreement, Suggs still has the ability to opt for the NBA G-League or play overseas.

Evan Inglesby, a 6-4 guard from Barlow High in Gresham, Oregon, will join the Zags next season as a preferred walk-on.